Unscientific America: Mooney, Kirshenbaum Book Offers Valuable Science/Policy Insights


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Coauthors Mooney and Kirshenbaum at a Washington, D.C., bookstore event.

Scientific issues continue to play a larger and larger role in many important public policy issues. No news flash there.

Neither is it news that public understanding of science falls short, far short, of what many in the science and policy fields would like to see. New studies emerge practically monthly illustrating that the situation is getting worse, not better.

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Important (?) Editor's Note

O.K. So ‘Astroturf’ Rises (Sinks?) to New Low: Holding Our Tongue on Lobbying Forgery Snafu

So, here’s the deal, and surely we digress:

We’re not going to spill a lot of ink here (spread a lot of bytes?) reporting on the snafu in which a D.C. Beltway public relations/advocacy firm forged letters to a Virginia congressman urging opposition to the recent House-passed Waxman-Markey bill.

It’s simply beneath us to grovel in this gruel (although it’s so danged unreal, and fun, that we retain the option to return to the subject later, perhaps even in a slow-news August moment).

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Posture, Clout of Slimmer GM, Automakers: Outlook on Capitol Hill Cloudy, but Change Likely

One of the old-line, most vocal, and most influential voices on federal environmental matters may soon undergo changes generally associated with adolescents – a change in its voice. Or at least the impact its voice carries with Washington policymakers.

Whether that happens, and to what effect, may be an important back-story in coming months and years as domestic automakers, two of them only recently out of bankruptcy proceedings, define their new future in a changing Washington political environment … and in some cases have it redefined for them.

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TV Meteorologists, Weathercasters Briefed By Climate Experts at AMS Short Course

PORTLAND, OREGON – Broadcast meteorologists from across the country gathered recently for a one-day workshop to learn more about climate change science and explore new ways to better inform their audiences on an issue they likely will increasingly encounter in on-air and off-air appearances.

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Common Climate Misconceptions

Black Carbon and Global Warming: A Promising Short-Term Approach?

Scientists are increasingly finding that black carbon aerosols in the atmosphere and their deposition on snow and ice-covered areas are having more of a warming effect than earlier thought.

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Climate Change Resources for Broadcast Meteorologists

The July 9, 2009, posting to The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media provides access to a number of authoritative PowerPoint and QuickTime video presentations delivered either in April in Chicago or in June in Portland, Oregon, as part of ongoing Yale Forum briefings for broadcast meteorologists and weathercasters.

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Notable … and Quotable

Encounter a catchy or “keeper” quotation about climate change and climate change communications over the preceding few weeks? Let us know, and we’ll include it in this feature.

The quotes have to be on-point, concise, meaty, self-standing … and not so overtly partisan that they would demand clarification, elaboration, or further context. Here are a few examples that we think meet these standards. Do you know the source of the individual quotations, and can you link the quotations with those responsible for the specific quotation?

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