Category Archives: Communication

Trial of the century?

BBC Newshour:  Judith Curry and Bob Ward debate Steyn versus Mann

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Atlanta’s 2″ catastrophic snowfall

by Judith Curry

On Tuesday, snowfall of just over 2 inches shut down metropolitan Atlanta’s roads, schools, churches, government offices and businesses. Thousands of flights were cancelled at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. More than 2,000 school children were separated from their parents, and spent the night in buses, police stations, or classrooms. – Politico

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The science and silence conundrum

by Judith Curry

[S]ilence is an advocacy for the status quo. – Kevin Anderson

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Rethinking climate advocacy

UPDATE:  twitter exchange with Gavin

by Judith Curry

The failures of climate advocacy – particularly in the US – are motivating reflection on responsible and effective advocacy.  Gavin Schmidt provides his thoughts on the topic of scientists and advocacy in his recent AGU talk.

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The blogosphere and thought leaders

by Judith Curry

Little boys and girls in ancient Athens grew up wanting to be philosophers. In Renaissance Florence they dreamed of becoming Humanists. But now a new phrase and a new intellectual paragon has emerged to command our admiration: The Thought Leader. – David Brooks

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Public engagement and communicating uncertainty

by Judith Curry

Some interesting discussion this past week on the topic of public engagement and communicating climate uncertainty.

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How to earn trust in climate change debates

by Judith Curry

Where trust is most needed, it is least likely to be gained by relying on the source factors identified in empirical scholarship on persuasion.

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Chasing Ice!

by Judith Curry

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.

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The ethics of framing science

by Judith Curry

. . . as scientists are increasingly viewed not as honest brokers, but as advocates aligned with the goals of the Democratic party, scientists and their organizations risk losing public trust and only likely contribute to polarization on hot button issues like climate change.

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(Micro)agressions on social media

by Judith Curry

Online bullying is an issue of growing concern.  The flip side is shining an online ‘light’ on hidden bullying.

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Ironic impact of activists

by Judith Curry

Canadian researchers report people hold negative views of political and social activists, and their unwillingness to associate with such people dampens the likelihood of changing their behavior.

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Big green in denial

by Judith Curry

Naomi Klein explains how environmentalists may be more damaging to their cause than climate change deniers.

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JC on NPR

I have an interview tonite on NPR’s All Things Considered.

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So what is the best available scientific evidence, anyways?

by Judith Curry

Is “best available evidence” a new, improved “reframing” of the so-called “consensus” (that is not really holding up too well, these days)? Is it simply a way of sweeping aside the validity of any acknowledgement/discussion of the uncertainties? Or is it something completely different?! – Hilary Ostrov

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‘Denier’ blogs

by Judith Curry

Judith Curry’s blog, Climate Etc., is an exception to the stereotype of denier blogs. Curry is a real climate scientist with strong credentials.  Committed to reason, evidence, and open inquiry, she is willing to examine legitimate points the climate skeptics may be making — as well as the evidence and arguments from mainstream climate science. – Society of Environmental Journalists

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Cli-fi takes off

by Dan Bloom

In a recent Guardian commentary in late May, British writer Rodge
Glass issued a “global warning” about what he termed “the rise of
‘cli-fi’” — noting that ”unlike most science fiction, novels about
climate change focus on an immediate and intense threat rather than
discovery.”

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Lennart Bengtsson on global climate change

[T]he really important question is to know how much warmer it will be and how fast this is likely to happen as this determines a realistic and sensible cause of action. In spite of all research and modelling experimentation we are actually less sure what will happen than what might appear from all reassuring reports that dominates the media. – Lennart Bengtsson

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UK MSM on climate sensitivity

by Judith Curry

If climate scientists were credit-rating agencies, climate sensitivity would be on negative watch. But it would not yet be downgraded. – The Economist

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Forthcoming Congressional Hearing

The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment of the Committee on Science, Space & Technology is holding a Hearing this Wed on “Policy Relevant Climate Issues in Context.”  Witnesses:

  • Bjorn Lomborg
  • Judith Curry
  • William Chameides

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Spinning the climate model – observation comparison

by Judith Curry

In the past 6 months or so, we have seen numerous different plots of the CMIP5 climate model simulations versus observations.

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The horsemeat argument

by Judith Curry

So, what does the UK scandal involving horsemeat in lasagna have to do with climate change?

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Cli-Fi

by Judith Curry

There is a fledgling new genre in fiction.

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The Goldilocks Principle

by Judith Curry

On what we can learn from Goldilocks and The Three Bears regarding our perceptions of climate, climate science, communication and policy.

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Never look a polar bear in the eye

by Judith Curry

Advocates and scientists have tied the Earth’s fate to that of the polar bear. But what happens if this lumbering giant proves more resilient than the rest of us? – Zac Unger

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Why climate disasters might not increase concern about climate change

by Judith Curry

Climate change awareness is complex and strongly mediated by socially constructed attitudes.  It is important to recognise that many of the social and cultural obstacles to belief are not removed by major impacts and may, indeed, be reinforced. – George Marshall

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