Outstanding Coverage

General Climate Coverage

The Climate Disinformation Campaign

  • "On a Swift Boat to a Warmer World" (Opinion), Boston Globe, December 17, 2006, by Daniel P. Schrag.
  • "Mr. Inhofe's Last Hearing. Thank goodness." (Editorial), Washington Post, December 10, 2006.
  • "Climate Counterattack: For Global Warming Skeptics, U.S. Senate Committees are Bully Pulpits" (Commentary), E/The Environmental Magazine, November/December 2006, by Jim Motavalli.
  • "How Inconvenient: Science a la Joe Camel" (Commentary), Washington Post, November 26, 2006, by Laurie David.
  • "Spokesman for U.S. Senator Says Global Warming Skeptics Are 'Demonized'," Associated Press via International Herald Tribune, November 14, 2006.
  • "State of Denial," New Scientist, Nov. 4, 2006 (Climate Change Special Issue), by Fred Pearce.
  • "Report Says Nonprofits Sold Influence to Abramoff," Washington Post, October 13, 2006, by James V. Grimaldi and Susan Schmidt. This article expands on the hidden-money connections of two groups prominent in climate denial and resisting mandatory controls: the National Center for Policy Analysis and the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy.
  • "Royal Society Tells Exxon: Stop Funding Climate Change Denial," Guardian, September 20, 2006, by David Adams. Britain's Royal Academy, one of the most respected scientific bodies in the world, wrote the ExxonMobil corporation urging it to withdraw its extensive funding support for dozens of groups that have "misrepresented the science of climate change by outright denial of the evidence." The Academy, which includes Britain's leading scientists, called Exxon's own statements about climate science "inaccurate and misleading." Related Article: "The Denial Industry," Guardian, September 20, 2006, by David Adams.
  • "Climate-controlled White House," Salon, Sept. 19, 2006, by Paul D. Thacker. "The [Bush] administration claims it wasn't telling scientists what to say about climate change; e-mails obtained by Salon prove otherwise."
  • "Climatologist Draws Heat From Critics; On Global Warming, Va. Officials Have Told Appointee That He 'Speaks for Himself'," Washington Post, September 17, 2006, by Juliet Eilperin and David A. Fahrenthold.
  • "The Many Travails of Ben Santer," Environmental Science & Technology, August 9, 2006, by Paul D. Thacker. "One of the world's leading climate modelers has long been a target for contrarians and climate skeptics."
  • "Making Money by Feeding Confusion Over Global Warming," ABC News, July 27, 2006, by Clayton Sandell and Bill Blakemore.
  • "The Tempest," Washington Post Magazine, May 28, 2006, by Joel Achenbach.
  • "Was Confusion Over Global Warming a Con Job? Some Claim Disinformation Campaign Attempted to Create the Impression Scientists Were Broadly Divided," ABC News' World News Tonight, March 26, 2006, by Geoff Morrell.
  • "Climate Expert Says NASA Tried To Silence Him," New York Times, January 29, 2006, by Andrew C. Revkin (Paid Archive).
  • "Disinformation, Financial Pressures, and Misplaced Balance," Nieman Reports, Winter 2005, by Ross Gelbspan. Several other articles in this issue of Nieman Reports pertain to the doubt industry.
  • "A Bid to Chill Thinking; Behind Joe Barton's Assault on Climate Scientists" (Commentary), Washington Post, July 22, 2005, by David Ignatius (Paid Archive).
  • "GOP Chairmen Face Off on Global Warming; Public Tiff Over Probe of Study Highlights Divide on Issue," Washington Post, July 18, 2005, by Juliet Eilperin (Paid Archive).
  • "Bush Aide Edited Climate Reports," New York Times, June 8, 2005, by Andrew C. Revkin (Paid Archive).
  • "Doubt Is Their Product: Industry Groups Are Fighting Government Regulation by Fomenting Scientific Uncertainty," Scientific American, June 2005, by David Michaels.
  • "Some Like It Hot: Forty public policy groups have this in common: They seek to undermine the scientific consensus that humans are causing the earth to overheat. And they all get money from ExxonMobil," Mother Jones, May/June 2005, by Chris Mooney.
  • Title: Attacks on IPCC report heat controversy over global warming., By: Feder, Toni, Physics Today, 00319228, Aug96 Part One, Vol. 49, Issue 8 Database: MasterFILE Premier
  • Academy affirms hockey-stick graph. By: Brumfiel, Geoff. Nature, 6/29/2006, Vol. 441 Issue 7097, p1032-1033, 2p, 1 graph, 1c; DOI: 10.1038/4411032a; (AN 21393166)
  • "Snowed," Mother Jones, May/June 2005, by Ross Gelbspan. "Though global climate change is breaking out all around us, the U.S. news media has remained silent."
  • "Blinded By Science: How 'Balanced' Coverage Lets the Scientific Fringe Hijack Reality," Columbia Journalism Review, November/December 2004, by Chris Mooney.
  • "Thinking Globally, Acting Vocally: The International Conspiracy to Overheat the Earth," PR Watch (Center for Media and Democracy), Fourth Quarter 1997, by Bob Burton and Sheldon Rampton.
  • "Global Warming Is Target of Disinformation Campaign," Chemical & Engineering News, August 19, 1996, by Bette Hileman. (AN 9702052272)

Regional Impacts of Climate Change

  • "Degrees of Concern: Climate Change Poses Challenge for California," Contra Costa Times, series beginning Jan. 21, 2007, by Mike Taugher and Betsy Mason. California may be especially vulnerable to climate change. Taugher and Mason relate how the state's water supply, wine and agriculture industries and its very landscape are threatened. They also report how scientists, business and political leaders are responding to the challenge.
  • "Global Warming To Cost Us," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 11, 2007, by Dan Richman. A new study says that global warming over the next 40 years will cost the economy of Washington state bigtime. It will "boost the cost of timber, water and crops, cause twice the wildfire damage that occurs now, exacerbate health issues and require expensive shoring-up to avoid damage to Tacoma, Willapa Bay and other low-lying areas."
  • "Will Global Warming Doom Ski Resorts?" Deseret Morning News, Jan. 11, 2007, by Amelia Nielson-Stowell. This season's poor snow in many parts of the country has raised a larger question — Can the multibillion-dollar snow sports industry stay viable in coming decades as global warming reduces the amount of snow available? A new study paints a bleak picture for Utah, where a modest 4-5 degree (F) warming could shorten the season to two months.
  • "Washington Warming to Southern Plants," Washington Post, Dec. 20, 2006, by David A. Fahrenthold. Trees adapted to more southerly climates are now surviving well in Washington, D.C., according to new national hardiness zone maps released by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The northward shift of warmer-winter trees is a trend nationwide. The Agriculture Department has refused to revise its maps — perhaps complying with Bush administration denial of climate change.
  • "ICC Climate Change Petition Rejected," Nunatsiaq News, Dec. 15, 2006, by Jane George. An appeal by the Inuit Circumpolar Conference to get the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to address control of greenhouse warming as a human rights issue has largely been stiff-armed by the Commission, Inuit leaders say.
  • "More Than 50 Tribes Convene on Global Warming Impacts," SPX/TerraDaily, Dec. 6, 2006. More than 50 Native American tribes met to consider what impacts global warming might have on their lands and what they could do to address it.
  • "A Dream Blown Away: Climate Change Already Has a Chilling Effect on Where Americans Can Build Their Homes," Washington Post, Dec. 2, 2006, by Joel Garreau. That beach house dreamed of by many Americans may already be a casualty of climate change. Because of global warming, such houses are uninsurable in some areas — and without insurance, it is impossible to get a mortgage.
  • "Global Warming and Drought May Not Be Coincidental," Durant Daily Democrat, Nov. 16, 2006, by the Associated Press. Droughts like that now gripping northern and northwest Oklahoma will get longer and worse as temperatures rise in the future from global warming, water experts told the Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference. Oklahoma's Sen. James Inhofe (R) is a leading opponent of controls on greenhouse emissions and calls global warming a "hoax."
  • "Scientists Fear Global Warming Will Generate Longer, More Expensive Wildfire Seasons," International Herald Tribune, Nov. 14, 2006, by the Associated Press. Scientists attending a national conference on wildfires warned that global warming could lengthen and worsen the annual wildfire season in the U.S. This year's season was one of the most destructive on record.
  • "How To Keep New York Afloat," Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 9, 2006, by Moises Velasquez-Manoff. New York City is more vulnerable to the effects of global warming than many people realize. Much of the city's infrastructure is underground, where sea-level rise could flood it, and hurricane-related storm surges could become much more common. Local emergency officials are already preparing.
  • "State's Shrinking Glaciers: Going ... Going ... Gone?" Seattle Times, Nov. 1, 2006, by Warren Cornwall. In Mount Rainier National Park and elsewhere, the shrinking of historic glaciers has been linked to global warming. Officials say the state faces a future without the cushion of this hydrological bank account.
  • "Study Foresees Sultry, Snow-Starved N.E.," Boston Globe, Oct. 5, 2006, by Beth Daley. "Summers in Boston could feel like July in South Carolina by the end of the century if global warming is allowed to continue unchecked, according to a scientific report that gives the most detailed projection yet of the effects of climate change on the Northeast."
  • "Ecological Upheaval on the Edge of the Ice," Seattle Times, 2-part series beginning Oct. 1, 2006, by Sandi Doughton and team. The bountiful Bering Sea ecosystem has long provided a major share of the U.S. commercial fish catch. Now that ecosystem is undergoing profound change — and many oceanographers think global warming is the cause.
  • "Texas Cool To Confront Global Warming," Dallas Morning News, Sept. 3, 2006, by Randy Lee Loftis. Texas, which emits more greenhouse gases than any other U.S. state and more than all but 6 nations, plans to build 16 new coal-burning electric power plants soon.
  • "Gov. Reaches Landmark Deal on Greenhouse Gas Emissions," Los Angeles Times, August 30, 2006, by Marc Lifsher. California's GOP Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger finally hammered out an agreement with the state's Dem-controlled legislature on a set of limits on emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Is California two years ahead of the rest of the U.S. once again? 

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