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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Candidates and Campaigns Coverage Flirting (at Most) with Climate Change (Pt.2 of 3)

When it comes to covering the climate issue in the campaign for president, politicians and the nation’s news and editorial pages just can’t commit.

The environment, and that includes global warming, is an issue that politicians like to date but don’t want to marry.

That’s how Cliff Zukin, a political scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, describes the kind of attention the 21st century’s greatest environmental challenge has received this election season. And the nation’s reporters, editorial writers, op-ed columnists, TV talk show hosts, and pundits haven’t pushed very hard to keep the relationship going.

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Common Climate Misconceptions

Has Global Warming Stopped?

“Global temperatures have not increased since 1998.”

That point has been a common argument among climate skeptic communities in the blogosphere for the past few years. It gained prominence recently in an article in the New Statesman by David Whitehouse, a journalist and former BBC science correspondent.

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A Daily Reporter Asks: Why Blog?

Why blog?

It’s a question I ask myself often — usually around 5:50 p.m., when I can see I’m blowing deadline. Again.

At least for this Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter, blogging means doing everything that needed doing to “feed the beast” of daily print deadlines when P-I colleague Lisa Stiffler and I launched “Dateline Earth” in late 2005. Only now, we have our own little mini-beast, kept in a usually-quiet corner of the P-I‘s website.

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Covering Climate on the Auto Beat: Changing Consumer Tastes Broadening Coverage

From Cup Holders and Pick Up to … Lots More

Reporting on the auto industry, cars and trucks, used to mostly involve lots of detailed analysis of horsepower, pick up, handling, looks, and safety. The beat is broader and more complex now. Over the past few years, the issues and scope of coverage have expanded as the public’s interest in green cars has – excuse the pun – clearly accelerated.

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Climate More Prominent than Ever; Still Lags as a Big Campaign Issue (Pt.1 of 3)

The global warming question came about half way through the televised GOP debate in Des Moines, Iowa, in mid December, and several candidates didn’t like it.

“I would like to see a show of hands,” said debate moderator Carolyn Washburn, executive editor of the Des Moines Register. “How many of you believe global climate change is a serious threat and caused by human activity?”

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Common Climate Misconceptions

Modeling the Climate

Few climate change topics arouse more passion than the seemingly dry field of climate modeling.

Critics thunder that the models contain a “large element of subjectivity” with parameters “tweaked by those who operate the models” to achieve results that conform to scientists’ preconceptions. Some seem to think that these models simply represent a grandiose exercise in curve fitting, forecasting future climate based on the trend in temperatures over the past few decades.

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