Category Archives: General

R.I.P. Rick Piltz

The founder and director of Climate Science Watch, Rick Piltz, passed at 2:46 a.m. on Saturday, 18 October 2014. In the spring of 2005, Rick resigned from his position with the Coordination Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program to protest … Continue reading

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Wrong Track

Two crises reveal a pathological political dynamic darkening the prospects for our nation and its people, writes award-winning author Andy Schmookler:         **The accelerating replacement of government by and for the people by government by and for … Continue reading

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Weekend reading

We note some interesting current reading related to subjects we have been posting on: (1) "This Is Why You Have No Business Challenging Scientific Experts"; (2) "White House Releases Report on the Administration's All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy as a Path to … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading: Mandela and divestment; National Academy of Sciences on "Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change"; Hansen et al. on "Assessing 'Dangerous Climate Change'"; denialists on AMS climate survey

A few highlights from our weekend reading: (1) Joe Romm at Climate Progress on "Nelson Mandela's Legacy for Climate Hawks;" (2) Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences; (3) "Assessing 'Dangerous Climate … Continue reading

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If these are the early stages...

"Climate change has stopped being hypothetical. It’s already part of our lived experience.  If these are the early stages, I shudder to think what's on the path ahead,” says author Andrew Bard Schmookler. "If the climate scientists are right, we ain’t … Continue reading

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2013 Ridenhour Prizes

The Ridenhour Courage Prize was awarded this year to climate scientist James Hansen, recently retired as head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize was awarded to Jose Antonio Vargas -- journalist, filmmaker, and founder … Continue reading

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On the InsideClimate News Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting

Media Matters for America has a good discussion of how InsideClimate’s award-winning report on the million-gallon tar sands pipeline oil spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River highlights shortcomings in the major mainstream media and challenges facing environmental reporting. Andy Revkin at … Continue reading

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Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Foundations Must Step Up Giving to Government Watchdogs"

Foundations "would do well to give money to groups that are challenging how Washington works," writes Pablo Eisenberg in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. "Watchdog groups like the Center for Effective Government, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, … Continue reading

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More on the prospective Al Jazeera America news channel

A few excerpts from sane commentary in the Washington Post, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, and the New York Times.

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Al Jazeera purchase of Current could improve U.S. TV coverage of climate and global environmental politics

Al Jazeera's purchase of Current will give the Qatar-based 24-hour news network a greatly expanded reach into the U.S. cable and satellite TV market beyond its much more limited availability now. From my experience on Al Jazeera English discussing climate … Continue reading

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