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Semantics Matter: How the Phrasing of Climate Science Articles Can Foster Inaction, and What to Do About It

September 8, 2015 by Matthew Lichtash

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The way climate communicators phrase predictions matters—poor word choices can foster hopelessness and apathy in the effort to reverse climate change. Here's how to message climate science in a way that promotes action in those that care about such an important issue.[read more]

Indian Point: Physical Versus Political Realities and Nuclear Plants

May 13, 2015 by Will Davis

Recently, an output transformer at Indian Point Energy Center in New York failed. It leaked, burned and exploded and required water and then firefighting foam to extinguish. This event would have been fairly unremarkable except for the fact that some of the oil went into the Hudson River.[read more]

Energy Gang: Can NRG Become the Apple or Google of Electricity Delivery? [PODCAST]

April 17, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Who is the Apple of Energy?

Last March, NRG CEO David Crane wrote a passionate letter to investors. “There is no Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google in the American energy industry today,” he lamented. The plan, said Crane, was to make NRG the company “that enables the consumer to make their own energy choices.”[read more]

Nuclear Communication

March 2, 2015 by Suzanne Waldman

Whenever I tell people that I research nuclear communication, they almost invariably say the same thing: "Now there is an industry that could very much learn to communicate better.” It’s a realization coming home to the nuclear industry itself.[read more]

COP 20: Reality and Distortions in Lima

December 11, 2014 by David Hone

COP 20 Perceptions in Lima

Wandering the COP20 campus, listening to side events and hearing senior political, business and NGO representatives talk about the climate issue, you start to feel sure that we must already be on a new energy pathway. Then something happens to make you realize that there is still a long way to go.[read more]

Shaping Public Perceptions of Radiation Risk

November 29, 2014 by Rod Adams

Radiation and the Perception of Health Risk

On Monday, November 17, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5544, the Low Dose Radiation Research Act, which called for the National Academies to “conduct a study assessing the current status and development of a long-term strategy for low dose radiation research.”[read more]

Should the Climate Movement Turn Down the Radicalism?

October 13, 2014 by Neil Stenhouse

Climate Activism and Radicals

The People’s Climate March was an enormous success. Months of hard work by thousands of people from all across the country resulted in the largest climate protest ever. Bigger and better than the Forward on Climate rally in DC in 2013. That said, I was ambivalent about some aspects of the march.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: A Disturbing Climate March Observation

September 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Fracking, Activism, and Public Attention

The People’s Climate March in New York City drew an estimated 310,000 – 400,000 people. It’s great so many are passionate about addressing climate change, but it sometimes seems like people are quick to jump behind a cause without understanding the patchwork of issues that encapsulates it.[read more]

Media Figures Out American Climate Beliefs Are Outliers, But Do They Share The Blame?

May 11, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change Coverage and Perception

Scientists have been warning for decades that continued burning of fossil fuels would cause a variety of dangerous symptoms — including worsening heat waves, droughts, deluges, and storm surges. Scientists, unsurprisingly, have turned out to be right.[read more]

Americans Flunk Climate Test

October 16, 2010 by Dave Rochlin

According to a new Yale study, most Americans are aware of climate change, but have no idea why it is happening. The Yale team claims that only 8 percent of Americans have knowledge equivalent to an A or B grade, while 52% would get an F. The grading was done by a school where grade inflation is an issue, and Dubya carried a C+...[read more]

Climate Wars in the New Social Media

October 7, 2010 by David Levy

This is a guest contribution by Professor Maxwell Boykoff, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This post is in response to my previous post about the cultural politics of climate change and corporate funding of climate denial. Thanks for your thought-provoking post, It’s The Real...[read more]

Mental tipping points

August 20, 2009 by Lou Grinzo

Paul Gilding, former Executive Director of Greenpeace International, has a post on ClimateProgress and his own site (The Cockatoo Chronicles) that’s definitely worth your time. Antarctica’s Pine Island glacier and its implications for business strategy: As I argue in my Great Disruption writing and talks (see here for relevant links),...[read more]