How anti-democratic, insane, and stupid do you have to be to be a Donald Trump (aka Don the Con) supporter? What has he done for the US public? Nothing. What has he done for the middle class? Nothing. What has he done for hard-working Americans? Nothing. Meanwhile, what has he done for himself? Well, he
When Trump lies, the press tells the public. When The Donald says something stupid, the press explains why it’s so. For a serial liar and someone hugely uninformed and misinformed, it’s no surprise at all that he would hate the press and want to wage a war of words on it. Unfortunately, many Americans don’t
Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, has outlined seven strategies that Donald Trump uses to control the media.
Great Lakes waterspouts (NOAA file photo of Lake Huron) Very common over the warm water in September, when water temperatures peak after summer months and cooler air temps start moving in, Great Lakes waterspouts are cropping up early this year because of odd cool weather this July. (We won’t mention possible climate change links here.) A waterspout
Climate Reality Project, Cape Verde (UN in Cape Verde on Flickr/Climate Reality Project/Masakazu SHIBATA) Sometimes one website just doesn’t seem able to serve all the goals of a complex, multi-actor organization. The Climate Reality Project had this problem and just unveiled its chosen solution today. We recommend you check it out. With a global movement
If you’re looking for answers about greenhouse gas pollution and other climate indicators, you’ll get a quick step up from the Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT 2.0) produced by the World Resources Institute. (WRI is a global research organization founded in the early 80s that works closely with leaders “to turn big ideas into action
Take your time making informed decisions. Wondering where to go to look for informed newsworthy news? Of course, keep visiting this site. Also, try the following: FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting), PR Watch, Politifact, Open Secrets, and Media Matters. That should get you started. If you’d like a print mag so you don’t always
Robert Bryce, of the Manhattan Institute (hugely fossil-fuel-funded—check the link), completely loses it in the video below when asked about his funding sources. Of course, he can’t answer the question either. h/t DeSmog Blog
For anyone still confused about this, here’s a great post by Joe Romm of Climate Progress reposted in full below. The post, based on a new study, also tackles other common myths the global-warming-denial contrarians love to spread and many greens will even parrot. Other big points are that Obama’s silence on global warming is
More on Fox News and their passionately misinformed legion of followers: From ThinkProgress: Fox News Viewers are the Most Misinformed: A Seventh Study Arrives to Prove It — and Vindicate Jon Stewart! From HuffingtonPost: Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don’t Watch Any News: Study From PlanetSave: Fox News Boss Ordered Staff to
The LA Times and Washington Post aren’t the only major media outlets that are starting to tear into the Republican party and other global warming deniers for their absolute rejection of science. USA Today, which I think has really turned things around in recent years and has some of the best climate change coverage of any major newspaper company, had an excellent editorial on the matter recently, one that compares climate science deniers to “birthers” (the folks who didn’t and maybe still don’t believe that Obama was born in the United States).
If you follow climate science news and communication closely, you know that the NYTimes and Washington Post blow the story often. But maybe all the criticism of that, more education on the matter, and an understanding of the true crisis has woken up the editorial board of the Washington Post. A recent op-ed is titled “Climate change denial becomes harder to justify” and starts with these lines…
Cambridge University has released another film in their ‘Cambridge Ideas’ series entitled ‘This Icy World’ shown below. The small film looks at the contribution of Greenland to global sea level change and the mapping of previous unkown basins and mountains beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Video The film showcases the work of glaciologist Professor Julian
In mid-February 2011, residents along South Korea’s east coast were struggling to dig out from the heaviest snowfall in more than a century. The BBC reported that hundreds of stranded motorists awaited rescue, and hundreds of homes had collapsed under the weight of heavy snow. The South Korean government had deployed 12,000 soldiers to assist
After sharing a great video of Bill Maher talking about climate change on Facebook last week, a good friend of mine dropped this video in the comments. Another great one. Chomsky delves into more than just this topic, though, he delves into the great failures of modern-day mass media, which are considerable. Worth a watch.
NASA has released images of North America covered by the massive winter storm that last week hit 30 states. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) that cover the U.S. weather, GOES-11 and GOES-13 are operated by NOAA, and the NASA GOES Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. creates images and animations
A brilliant time-lapse video of the Northern Lights taken by photographer, Eirik Evjen. Check out his blog here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FklwzRihv6Y BBC had created a pretty great feature recently, Science Under Attack. “Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse examines why science appears to be under attack, and why public trust in key scientific theories has been eroded,” the YouTube page for the first video above says. Sir Paul Nurse, head of the Royal Society, a
The idea of a “world without us” has been often expressed over the past decade in book and TV, and now in photographed diorama, thanks to the exceptional work of Lori Nix. Lori Nix creates and then photographs diorama’s, and in this instance creates what has been described as a “haunting, sorrowful” series of images.
Since we had plenty of news last Friday and I was heading out of town, I decided to leave our weekly roundup of global weirding and environmental news (that we didn’t already cover) to Monday. Here’s the global weirding portion. Climate: Student Reporters Take on Climate Change and Security Coincidences abound—just after posting an item
Remember AIDS awareness ads like the one above? Newspaper articles and PSAs were appearing with increasing frequency in newspapers and magazines in the early 1990’s. But that trend has been dramatically reversed, according to recent findings. In a survey of newspaper (broadsheet) content conducted by the Trends in Sustainability (TIS) Project, coverage of AIDS-related issues
Rachel Maddow is one of my newest heroes. Not because she is noticing or talking about things that others have not identified or shared in the past, but because she does it so well. And she is just plain hilarious. Plus, she is one of the only people on such a large platform to so
Media sites around the web were buzzing last week about a study that supposedly found that scary doom-and-gloom talk about global warming was counterproductive. I had some concerns about this “finding” when I saw the headlines popping up and assumed this was probably a generalization we shouldn’t be making, that the study probably had significant
There is so much manipulation of climate science in the media and by special interest groups or companies opposed to transformation of our energy, transportation, and agricultural systems that the American public are completely clueless or confused about the matter and the U.S. is close to last (if not last) in accepting and addressing climate
I’ve written about Survival International’s activist efforts a couple times this year (see: Na’vi of Avatar in India Protesting British Mining of Sacred Indian Mountain and Amazon Being Sold to Foreign Oil Companies in Peru, Peruvian Indians Demanding Answers). This great organization is now going to receive an award from Hollywood for its activist efforts
A National Geographic video looks at whether oil plumes within the Gulf of Mexico are still a threat. Over the course of the summer, scientists detected large plumes of oil droplets in the Gulf of Mexico, presumably from the BP oil spill that began in April. Are these plumes still a threat to the Gulf
That didn’t last long – MSNBC President Phill Griffin has backed down from his suspension of progressive, pro-environment host Keith Olbermann. Get the full story at our sister-site, RedGreenAndBlue.
Have you ever felt like US and British media are doing an extremely poor job of covering climate change. You know we have. A former BBC correspondent recently gave us a good insider’s perspective on why this is the case, as well as letting us know that it isn’t expected to get much better. Mark
Global warming is one of the key topics I write about, as most of you probably know. (By the way, expect a weekly global warming news wrap-up in a few hours). HOW to write about it is an issue I’m constantly thinking about. Three or four recent posts made me decide to not just think
TIME magazine once gave us the photos that were painful to accept of the Vietnam War, so did our TVs, and Walter Cronkite. Due to these images, we rose up as a country to question the status quo. These days, the Great Pakistan Deluge happens, and what does TIME magazine do? Pull the story. An
Protect your right to free and fair information. Sign a Net Neutrality petition (or two) today. There is a huge, fundamental 1st Amendment issue that is being threatened right now in the U.S. It is called “Net Neutrality.” Right now we have net neutrality (more or less), but if Congress doesn’t act to stop certain
Like music? Like the environment? I was recently introduced to some excellent Environmental Music Films (EMFs) by Kristen Farquhar on YouTube that connect the two beautifully. Kristen writes that these EMFs are “meant to stir” people’s hearts and minds and are “about our human RELATIONSHIP (self, and other) with land, sea, and sky, and all
This is the first post in a new series where I summarize some top green news from around the web in a quick screencast. Watch the first screencast of green news from around the internet on YouTube below or in high definition via screenr here.
The Avatar DVD release is to be environmentally themed. Is it because of how much climate change deniers have irked director James Cameron? [social_buttons] Well, if you saw Avatar, you know it had a bit of an environmentalist message in it. Apparently, this upset a number of climate change deniers who, very selflessly, are trying
Michael Mann, the somewhat infamous climate scientist from Penn State, shouldn’t be so infamous after all, we find out yet another time! “An academic inquiry into the so-called ‘climategate’ email scandal has concluded that a well-known U.S. scientist [Mann] did not directly or indirectly falsify data in his research,” according to Mike De Souza of
It’s time to get angry. This is what John Kerry, not exactly the most extreme guy, is saying to us. Is it the best solution? This is what Kerry told advocates of climate legislation recently: “I want you to go out there and start knocking on doors and talking to people and telling people this
Activists have taken to Facebook and web 2.0, but relatively few have embraced the power of the torrent community. [social_buttons] While torrents are mostly known for spreading copyrighted content like movies, music, and software, many social and environmental activists have found the protocol to be a perfect match for their goal to spread information relating
The We Campaign, a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection — a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Al Gore, recently put together a 30-second TV ad called “Repower America.” It talks about the benefits of alternative energy. It says right upfront that we are “stuck with dirty and expensive energy” and asks how can