Global warming and the media at the Society of Environmental Journalists conference


Podcast interviews on climate change with Andrew Revkin of the New York Times, environmental author Bill McKibben, and CSW Director Rick Piltz from the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalists, held in Burlington, Vermont, last week. Also: Senator Inhofe’s PR hatchet man Marc Morano, communications director of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, faces off with Bill Blakemore of ABC News, Revkin, and journalism Prof. Dan Fagin of New York University. 

Podcasts from the Society of Environmental Journalists conference, courtesy of DeSmogBlog.

Kevin Grandia interviews Andrew Revkin, New York Times environment reporter (6 minutes)

Bill Blakemore of ABC News talks with environmental author Bill McKibben (6 minutes)

Richard Littlemore interviews Rick Piltz after the session “Global Warming: Reporting on What’s Going to Be Changing in Your Backyard” (7 minutes)

Marc Morano faces off with Bill Blakemore, Andrew Revkin, and Dan Fagin (one hour, 11 minutes)
Plenary session panel on: “And Now a Word from Our Critics…”
Bill Blakemore, senior correspondent with ABC News;
Dan Fagin, associate professor of journalism and associate director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP) at New York University;
Senator Inhofe’s representative Marc Morano, director of communications for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; and
Andrew Revkin, environment reporter for The New York Times.
Audio on DeSmogBlog
Audio on SEJ Web site
Google Video (cuts off after 55 minutes)

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“DeSmogBlog exists to clear the PR pollution that is clouding the science on climate change.

“An overwhelming majority of the worlds climate scientists agree that the globe is warming – the world’s climate is changing – and that the indiscriminate burning of fossil fuels is to blame. We know that the risks are incalculable and, increasingly, we understand that the solutions are affordable.

“Unfortunately, a well-funded and highly organized public relations campaign is poisoning the climate change debate. Using tricks and stunts that unsavory PR firms invented for the tobacco lobby, energy-industry contrarians are trying to confuse the public, to forestall individual and political actions that might cut into exorbitant coal, oil and gas industry profits. DeSmogBlog is here to cry foul – to shine the light on techniques and tactics that reflect badly on the PR industry and are, ultimately, bad for the planet.”

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“The Society of Environmental Journalists is the only U.S.- based membership organization of working journalists dedicated to improvements in environmental reporting.  SEJ programs are designed to build a stronger, better-educated, and more closely connected network of professional journalists and editors who cover the environment and environment-related issues. SEJ’s primary goal is to advance public understanding of critically important environmental issues through more and better environmental journalism.”


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