Four Experts Pass Judgment

Commenting on Journalist Eric Pooley’s Analysis of Press Coverage of Climate Policy

Journalist Eric Pooley’s January 2009 Shorenstein Center critique and analysis of press coverage of climate change policy issues has generated substantial attention and on-going “buzz” in climate journalism circles.

After publishing freelance writer John Wihbey’s February 17 article and analysis of Pooley’s “discussion paper,” The Yale Forum asked four respected university-affiliated environmental and science writers their views on Pooley’s analysis: Their comments and Eric Pooley’s own reaction to those comments follow.


Reporting on Municipal Sustainability Efforts; A roadmap to covering the ’2E’s and an S’ of the Story

Media coverage of Seattle’s citywide effort to reduce the use of plastic bags became a story on the impact to low-income people.

A newspaper report of New York City’s climate adaptation plan to respond to a potential 12- to 23-inch sea level rise featured a photo of a submerged Statue of Liberty from the fictional disaster flick “The Day After Tomorrow.”


Mainstream Reporting Raising Doubts

Gallup Poll Finds More Americans Say Media Overstate Warming Risks

A March 2009 Gallup Poll survey points to “the highest level of public skepticism about mainstream reporting on global warming seen in more than a decade” of Gallup polling on the issue.


Welcome to Journalism's Brave New World

Two Weeks of Intense Climate Dialogue Over Columnist George Will’s Flawed Column

With luck and the passage of time, the annals of climate change will neither note nor long remember (thank you, Abe Lincoln) the communications imbroglio that for some, and too many, characterized the last two weeks of February 2009.

There were blossoms amidst these weeds and thorns, no doubting that. Slogging through the abundant muck was the downside.


Common Climate Misconceptions

Sorting Through George Will’s Analysis; What the Sea Ice Data Actually Tells Us

The recent brouhaha (see related story, this posting) initiated by conservative columnist George Will’s February 15th syndicated column centers in part around his assertion that global sea ice levels now equal those of 1979, belying concerns of melting ice caps.


KQED’s ‘Climate Watch’ Offers Compelling Multimedia Coverage

You can hear the two reporters and researcher laboring up the mountain, their boots scrunching against loose gravel, their lungs sucking in the Sierra air at 11,500 feet.

KQED radio’s Sasha Khokha and Gretchen Weber are reporting from Yosemite, following Portland State University geographer Hassan Basagic as he chronicles the decline of Dana Glacier over the past century.

It’s a compelling radio piece, but it’s only part of a multi-media package from the San Francisco-based public broadcasting station.


Dissecting Reporter Eric Pooley's Media Analysis

If the Media Flunked Carbon Economics 101, What Happens When Things Get Harder?

Veteran journalist Eric Pooley in January issued a powerful critique of the American press and its coverage of the 2008 cap-and-trade debate in the U.S. Senate. His central insight was that the “he said, she said” stenography that had once plagued coverage of climate science may be migrating into the climate change economics/policy debate.


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