From various media outlets’ efforts to try to clarify and make relevant the climate change story, two points stand out. One involves the challenge of adequately addressing the nuances of science, making the story both scientifically rigorous and yet accessible. The other involves how to make climate change issues tangible to a public which, studies show, often thinks the issue is remote from them in time and space.
Now, artists have begun to address both. And, increasingly, they are getting their inspiration from scientists and researchers.
Add Electricity to Americans’ Addictions? ... Scary?
An interactive graphic on the new website Powering a Nation says a lot about America’s insatiable appetite for energy.
The graphic is part of a Web feature called “Down The Lines.” And it’s scary.
A sliding scale (you can move it yourself with your mouse) takes you from the year 1910 to 2010. As the years progress from left to right, two circles below expand. The one on the left represents the nation’s population. The one on the right shows the amount of electricity generated, in kilowatt hours, for that population.
Exploring Journalism's Unchartered Future
When Marianne Lavelle left U.S. News and World Report a year ago, the news weekly was rapidly shrinking the amount of space devoted to in-depth reporting as part of its transition to becoming strictly an online journal.
“You could just see there wasn’t going to be a place for that kind of reporting any more,” says the long-time environmental writer.
The current state of most of the world’s coral reefs is so calamitous that it’s difficult to over-dramatize the situation.
Reefs have seen massive declines around the globe, and while there is much debate about which particular threat is most responsible, most scientists agree humans are to blame.
New Urban Land Institute Study
A new Urban Land Institute report on Americans’ traveling behavior concludes that cleaner cars and cleaner fuels alone can’t reduce carbon emissions unless Americans drive fewer miles at slower speeds, avoid gas-burning traffic jams, and reduce their number of trips.
It’s all part of the prescription being put forward by a new ULI report linking carbon emission trends and excessive climate change to a growing population.
Is Nuclear Really 'GHG-Free'? ... and Why Not
As America lumbers along toward a low-carbon economy, nuclear energy is expected to play a significant role in generating emission-free electricity.
But how significant?
The Senate’s debates this fall on plans for the nation’s energy future may provide some clues.
Common Climate Misconceptions
Global temperatures have seemingly plateaued in the past 10 years. Those dubious about climate science or wary of the social implications of carbon regulations have seized on this point to argue that fears of global warming have been overblown.
However, a careful analysis of the data reveals that this decade has in fact been anomalously warm – the warmest in the history of recorded global temperatures by a fair margin – and the rate of warming is consistent with that over the prior few decades. The real question at hand is not whether warming is occurring, but rather whether the rate of warming is faster or slower than expected by climate scientists.