Scientists throw mainstream media a lifeline

Mon, 2010-11-22 07:16Richard Littlemore
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Scientists throw mainstream media a lifeline

A group of scientists and communicators, led by John Abraham, Scott Mandia and Ray Weymann, have launched a rapid response function in an effort to make solid scientific information readily available to mainstream media reporters who are being spun by industry “experts” like Pat Michaels and Christopher Monckton.

The new website is:www.climaterapidresponse.org.

Other details:

 

WHO & WHAT:           The CSRRT is a match-making service between top scientists and members of the media and office holders and their staffs from various levels of government. Our group consists of dozens of leading scientists who wish to improve communication about climate change. The group is committed to providing rapid, high-quality information to media and government officials. Our members have expertise in virtually all areas of climate science and they are available to share their current understanding in a fairly rapid time frame.

 

HOW IT WORKS:        Inquirers will use the form on the Website to identify themselves and to send their questions along with the desired timeframe of the response.  That information will immediately be sent to three people: Dr. John Abraham, Dr. Ray Weymann, and Prof. Scott Mandia.  These three “match-makers” will immediately notify up to three scientists with the most appropriate expertise.  One scientist or one of the three CSRRT match-makers will then respond directly to the inquirer with the correct science information.

 

WHY WE DO IT:          There is a sharp divide between what scientists know about climate change and what the public knows.  The scientists of the CSRRT understand that better communication can narrow this gap.  The media is in the best position to deliver accurate science information to the general public and to our elected leaders but only if  they are provided with that information. The CSRRT is committed to delivering that service   We are advocates for science education.

Comments

Great news. I hope they get lots of attention.

For years I have been hoping something like this would come along. Hats off to the organisers and the participating experts. I hope the CSRRT becomes a base-line source for reporters on climate science everywhere.

http://www.pipsc.ca/portal/page/portal/science

Articles about the new website:

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/10/18/federal-union-government-science.html

http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/10/18/federal-scientists-launch-website-as-government-tightens-its-media-controls/ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/federal-scientists-go-public-in-face-of-restrictive-media-rules/article1761624/