Resources Abound for News Media Exploring City Hall/Climate Change Issues

Newspaper journalists are seeing some environmental coverage migrate from the specialized environmental beat to other coverage areas, such as business and religion.

Municipal government – historically a key beat at most dailies – is becoming particularly fertile territory for reporting on climate change. Mayors in hundreds of cities across the U.S. are launching policy initiatives aimed at conserving energy, preparing for projected impacts, and otherwise addressing a warmer world.

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Common Climate Misconceptions

Climate and Weather

Broadcast meteorologists do not have the best of reputations for predictive accuracy. Audiences are particularly good at remembering – and at pointing the finger – when they’re wrong. Few heap praise when their forecasts turn out to have been accurate.

So the rainy day expected tomorrow sometimes turns out to be sunny, and projections more than a week away are usually offered – and taken – with the proverbial grain of salt.

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Reporting and Commentary of ‘Science Times’ Columnist, Blogger John Tierney

Committed environmentalists likely remember the time, more than a decade ago, when they first became aware of John Tierney, now one of two influential bloggers at The New York Times‘ “Science Times” who opine on global warming and other environmental issues, and a provocative columnist for the section.

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Questions Media Can Consider To Better Inform American Voters (Pt.3 of 3)

Future American presidents committed to taking strong action on climate change, beginning with whoever takes office next January, will face some tough choices.

Many scientists and climate policy experts say unprecedented and historic action is needed.

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Common Climate Misconceptions

The Water Vapor Feedback

Water vapor is one of the most important elements of the climate system. A greenhouse gas, like carbon dioxide, it represents around 80 percent of total greenhouse gas mass in the atmosphere and 90 percent of greenhouse gas volume.

Water vapor and clouds account for 66 to 85 percent of the greenhouse effect, compared to a range of 9 to 26 percent for CO2. So why all the attention on carbon dioxide and its ilk? Is water vapor the real culprit causing global warming?

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WSJ’s ‘Environmental Capital’ Blog Launched

You might want to think about adding another journalist’s blog to your internet “favorites” or RSS feed-reader.

Veteran Wall Street Journal reporters Jeffrey Ball and Keith Johnson this week launched “Environmental Capital“. Most of the reporting is to be done by Johnson, with Ball editing and also contributing copy.

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A Study in Contrasting Coverage: Dailies Differ Widely on EPA’s California Ruling

When the Environmental Protection Agency rejected California’s request for authority to set its own regulations to limit greenhouse gases from vehicles in late December, it was predictably big news there and in 16 other states that had indicated a desire to opt into California’s rules, as the Clean Air Act allows.

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