Discussing global warming leads to greater acceptance of climate science

Matthew H. Goldberg, Sander van der Linden, Edward Maibach, and Anthony LeiserowitzPNAS first published July 8, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1906589116 https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/07/02/1906589116 Edited by Anthony J. Bebbington, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia, and Clark University, Worcester, MA, and approved June 21, 2019 (received for review April 16, 2019) Article, Figures & SI, Info & Metrics PDF, Abstract: Climate change is an urgent global issue, with demands for personal, …

7 Top Evidence-Based Climate Communications Tips

“Global Warming” vs. “Climate Change”? Studies find “global warming” creates more ‘hot’ feelings of passion and alarm and is good for motivating supporters. “Climate change” evokes ‘cooler’ responses and less skepticism from conservatives. Identify and find your right audience: Many advocates spend time and money blasting messages to everyone equally. Stop doing this! To win on climate we must segment …

The Key Themes of Collaboration

May 20, 2019  No Comment  The Open Coop  Cross-posted from The Open Coop and written by Oliver Sylvester-Bradley. Having re-watched the webinar on Catalysing Collaboration at Scale I wondered if it might be possible to identify some of the key themes of collaboration. Truly effective, synergistic, collaboration is an elusive beast at the best of times and the idea of making it work at scale, for …

Glenwood Springs City Council in April approved a resolution to buy all of Glennwood Electric’s electricity from wind power supplied by Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN)

Colorado city to become one of the first in US to run completely on renewable energy The Hill | Justin Wise Glenwood Springs, Colo., is set to become the latest U.S. city to run entirely on renewable energy. “We are very excited to announce that Glenwood Springs will soon be operated on one hundred percent renewable electricity,” Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes …

How to Get Every Email Returned. Or at least how to try.

By Trish Hall, author of “Writing to Persuade: How to Bring People Over to Your Side”, NYTimes May 25, 2019   We’re all writers now. We fling words out into the universe through text, email, Facebook and more. Even people who hate writing have to do it, because you need to text your husband back, write your boss a condolence note and …

Bankrupt coal companies shown to have been funding denialism and attacking citizens’ groups as ‘dangerous radicals’

Lee Fang, The Intercept, May 16 2019 THE BANKRUPTCY OF one of the largest domestic coal producers in the country has revealed that the company maintains financial ties to many of the leading groups that have sowed doubt over the human causes of global warming. The disclosures are from Cloud Peak Energy, a Wyoming-based coal mining corporation that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on …

Escalating Rhetoric: The Mass Media Is Poisoning Us With Hate

May 28, 2019 by Truthdig, The Mass Media Is Poisoning Us With Hate: The shaping of the public into antagonistic tribes works commercially. It works politically. But it is a recipe for social disintegration. By Chris Hedges In “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media,” published in 1988, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky exposed the techniques that the commercial media used …

We cooperate as kindred spirits on a mission of public service. We create partnerships to share resources. We challenge media owners and investors to act in the public interest. We keep the whole picture in our heads.

We cooperate as kindred spirits on a mission of public service. We create partnerships to share resources. We challenge media owners and investors to act in the public interest. We keep the whole picture in our heads. Excerpt from Bill Moyers’ talk on covering global heating…  May 2019 While I did not come with a silver bullet—there’s no such thing—I …

Fossil fuel subsidies – May 2019 report

The IMF paper on “Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies” finds that the world is wasting 6.5% of global GDP — US$5.2 trillion per year — subsidising dirty energy through direct subsidies, tax breaks, or non-internalisation of externalities. Coal remains the largest recipient of these explicit or implicit subsidies, despite being the most polluting. The second paper, on “Fiscal Policies for Paris …

Explainer journalism, explained: These days, it is less about producing new information than it is about gathering information already on the record, evaluating it, and explaining and contextualizing it for an audience, with some analysis and argumentation

Journalism is inevitably shifting. These days, it is less about producing new information than it is about gathering information already on the record, evaluating it, and explaining and contextualizing it for an audience, perhaps with some analysis and argumentation for good measure. ** excerpt from David Roberts on vox.com One of the central insights that led Ezra Klein to found Wonkblog at …