Three Veteran Business/Environment Reporters’ Perspectives: Covering Climate Change from the Business Beat

Business editors and reporters over the past few years have found themselves covering climate change implications as policy makers and the public move beyond the science of whether and why the Earth is warming to the policy issues: what the impacts will be, how they might be mitigated, and costs and benefits.

Climate change scientists still have a lot of legitimate inquiry ahead of them. But in newsroom after newsroom, editors across all media are beginning to accept science’s basic message about climate change, and reporting on climate change is moving beyond specialized science and environmental beat coverage.

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HOW I DID THAT STORY: Covering Climate At Nearly 20,000 Feet

Ten breaths. Ten steps. Ten breaths. Ten steps. In tortured fashion, I struggled to follow Ohio State glaciologist Lonnie Thompson up the steep, scree-strewn slopes of Naimona’nyi, a brooding massif that rises 25,242 ft. in the far corner of southwestern Tibet.
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A LEADING SCIENTIST’S PERSPECTIVE: The Scientist/Journalist Experience On Remote Mountain Research Expeditions

How does journalism mix with science on an expedition to remote mountain glaciers? In the end the answer really depends on the character and expectations of the individuals involved. So far our experiences with journalists have been very positive and productive, and I believe the same can be said for their experiences with us.

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Rhetoric as an Effective Political Tool: Journalists Need to Beware, Focus on Real Issues (Pt.2 of 2)

Pete Du Pont, chairman of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis (see Note), rails in The Wall Street Journal against “the global-warming establishment” and “the Gore globalists.”

Fred Singer in a column originally published in the Washington Times writes that “global warming has become an article of faith for many, with its own theology and orthodoxy.”

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Common Climate Misconceptions

1970s ‘Global Cooling’ Concerns Lacked Today’s Scientific Rigor and Relevance

Journalists covering the climate change issue for any period of time quickly run across arguments that the big concern just a few decades back had involved global cooling and not global warming.

They will do well to step back and look hard at those claims to see if they really hold up.

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Common Climate Misconceptions

CO2 as a Feedback and Forcing in the Climate System

A fundamental misconception about the role that carbon dioxide plays in glacial transitions has helped fuel the argument that the lag time between temperature and CO2 in the paleoclimate record casts doubt on carbon dioxide as an important greenhouse gas.

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Independent Audit Supports Official U.S. Surface Temperature Record

Measuring the temperature of an entire country is no easy undertaking.

Numerous factors such as the heat island effect of urban areas and poor quality measuring sites mean that any aggregate temperature calculation must adjust for potential biases.

A recent effort by Anthony Watts and a team of dozens of volunteers at SurfaceStations.org succeeded in surveying and photographing more than one third of the 1,221 temperature measuring stations in the US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN). An analysis of the temperature trend in the stations identified as well sited and rural corresponds surprisingly well with the official NASA GISTEMP temperature record of the United States. The similar findings suggest that, despite a number of poor quality measuring stations, the official temperature record for the U.S. appears to be quite accurate.

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