Steve Schneider on science, journalism and nuclear winter

Here's our first video blog on the Society of Environmental Journalist's national conference with well-known Stanford climatologist, Dr. Steven Schneider, telling a story about how the media sometimes make life a little difficult for scientists.

U.S., China intransigence threatens global-warming pact at APEC

Leaders at the 21-nation APEC forum will enter their annual two-day summit this weekend in Sydney, Australia, hoping to agree on a statement to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. With the world’s two largest polluters still at loggerheads, however, they might have accomplished more by staying home and not spewing CO2 to attend the conference.

And Now: the First DeSmogBlog Car Commercial

Call me conflicted - I'm a car nut with a conscience. I have spent my North American lifetime reading oily rags like Car and Driver and driving impractical British sports cars. It's been one of my great disappointments that something that has brought me so much pleasure (cruisin' on a hot August evenings with the top down and the tunes up) seems to be one of the prime suspects in killing the climate.

Help, however, may be at hand.

Why Scientists Fear Journalists

The Society of Environmental Journalists, meeting this year on the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, is once again delving into the issues that compromise science journalism.

At a breakout session this morning, Dr. Pat Conrad of the University of California at Davis, gave one effectively all-encompassing answer: scientists fear journalists because journalists are scary.

Shulte vs Oreskes: How NOT to debate science

The breathless debate spawned by U.K. endocrinologist Dr. Klaus-Martin Shulte offers a perfect case study in how NOT to debate serious scientific issues.

Shulte - motivated, we are led to believe, by a desire to ease the minds of defenceless children who are worried about climate change - has launched what can fairly be described as an effort to repudiate the work of Dr. Naomi Oreskes.


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