Three key messages from a Yale Climate & Energy Institute workshop

Black Carbon’s Grey Areas

Does an overly simplified perspective on black carbon, one of the most important contributors to climate change, risk society’s missing an important opportunity for managing climate warming? The first of a two-part series on black carbon helps pave the way for a better understanding of this critical issue.

A recent black carbon workshop co-organized by the author under the aegis of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute brought together scientists, policymakers, and development experts to discuss black carbon and how to control it.


A Tale of Two Climate Change Stories; The Times, the Globe and the ‘Front-Page Thought’

They were two very different front-page stories about global climate change.

One, in the Boston Globe, was a lifestyle piece about two long-time colleagues and friends — MIT climate scientists Kerry Emanuel and Richard Lindzen. Entitled “A Cooling Trend,” it was light on science and heavy on details about the severe toll that the increasingly toxic political environment surrounding climate change has taken on the personal and professional relationship between the two prominent researchers.


Public Schools’ Global Warming Teachings: A Rich Field for Mining for News Stories

Just 15 years ago, climate change was not widely adopted as part of the public school science curriculum. Today, you’ll find basic climate science covered in many — but not all — states.

Science ‘isn’t about sides or rhetoric…it’s about evidence.’

Recognizing that students today will become leaders of tomorrow and that science literacy will inform their decisions, organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and federal agencies such as NASA and NOAA, among others, have developed science literacy curriculum guidelines for climate change education from kindergarten through grade 12. While science educators are beginning to embrace the guidelines, concerns remain in the ways climate change is taught in public schools.


Who’s In/Who’s Out on Climate Credibility? PNAS Study Sparks Support and Criticism

Weighing ‘convinced’ and ‘unconvinced’

As polls indicate that fewer Americans say they see solid evidence for global warming, and as climate change skeptics have grown emboldened in the wake of last fall’s hacked e-mail episode at the University of East Anglia, Stanford grad student Bill Anderegg pursued a few simple questions:

What makes someone who speaks or writes about the climate a climate expert?

Is there a difference in scientific expertise between those who subscribe to the view that humans are significantly driving up the globe’s thermostat and those who are skeptical or incredulous?


A Cruel Climate Hoax Perpetrated On Texas Fourth Grader in Name of NSF

On June 5th the local newspaper in Beeville, a small town in Southern Texas, published a story about a local 4th grade student who had it said had just won the Junior Division of the National Science Fair for a project entitled “Disproving Global Warming.” The student, Julisa Castillo, had received a package containing a trophy, medal, and plaque, along with a letter purporting to be from an official at the National Science Foundation and announcing her selection as the first place winner out of 50,000 projects entered from 50 states.

In the course of two days, the story had spread around to dozens of blogs, hundreds of twitter posts, and various media outlets. It also appears to have been an elaborate hoax.


Another Victim of Journalism Downsizing: Radio’s ‘Environment Reporter’ Trimmed Back

A highly regarded national environmental radio network is among the latest casualties of journalism downsizing.

As of June 4th, “The Environment Report,” (TER) which not long ago had hopes of becoming a regular nationwide program, is being scaled back from a network heard on 123 stations to a program aired only on Michigan radio.

In pursuit of corporate underwriters to replace dwindling foundation support on which it had long depended, TER had tried to broaden its focus to be aired in major markets throughout the country.


'Uncertain Science' ... Certainly Uncertain

Newsweek Overseas Edition Column: When Blogs Turn a Drizzle to a Deluge

A Newsweek column dismissing the established body of evidence on anthropogenic climate change for some time had scientists going critical on how best and whether to respond to the naive perspective.

At the same time, the column by Newsweek European economics editor Stefan Theil had a prominent conservative climate contrarian boasting that the magazine had flipped on the climate change issue … and a prolific liberal climate blogger decrying “the error-riddled, un-fact-checked article.”


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