Sierra Club Prodding Local Actions Through ‘Cool Cities’ Climate Campaign

Facing continued political stalemate in Washington, D.C., over federal climate change regulations, at least 800 mayors of cities large and small over the past three years have signed pledges to drastically reduce their carbon emissions.

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Twelve Things Journalists Can Do To Save Journalism (Excerpt)

We have decades and decades invested in doing things based on old rules. Now, the rules have changed, and newsrooms need to change as well. We need new attitudes and new cultures. This will only happen if individual journalists put forward the effort to change their minds about what their jobs are and how they do them.

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Covering the Climate Change/Water Story: Much Good Work Done, Much Remains to be Reported

The story of climate change is a story of water – how much of it falls from the sky and where, whether it falls as rain or snow, and how fast it melts and evaporates once it’s on the ground.

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Feasting at the Annual AAAS Conference: More to Chew on than Just Free Eats

Veteran participants in the annual conferences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS, will tell you it’s just another word for that meeting.

Intrepid reporters, and hungry ones, can eat their way through the annual four-day programs and barely tap their shrinking per diems and disappearing travel expense budgets.

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Common Climate Misconceptions

Sea Level Rise

Among the most iconic image of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” was that of coastlines and cities disappearing beneath rising seas.

Sea level rise is certainly one of the more worrisome impacts of climate change, but the film’s disregard of the time scales involved in sea level rise may have led some to think that sea level rise on the order of 20 feet is probable in this century. Scientists cannot completely rule out such rapid sea level rise, but the general sense in the climate science community is that a lower but still worrying degree of sea level rise is more likely.

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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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