Covering (up) Climate Change

There was a time, Stanford climatologist Stephen Schneider said today, when that appeared to be what American journalists were doing: covering up climate change. Schneider was the lead speaker In an opening plenary of the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference, entitled “Covering Climate Change,” and he began by noting that all too recently, U.S. climate coverage had been dense and uncertain. Peer-reviewed papers endorsed by the best scientists in the world were given the same space and credence as the latest one-off report by the apologists for an oil-industry-funded think tank.

Sitting before 300-plus reporters currently working the environment beat, Schneider quickly added, “It's not that bad any more.”

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.


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