Author Archives: Tom Smerling

Nobody lampoons the media’s misleading — and cowardly — “he-said, she-said” climate debates better than John Oliver (5-11-14, Last Week Tonight).    In this hilarious clip, Oliver lampoons media “false balance,” which leaves the false impression that experts are still divided. … Continue reading

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    With his eyes finally focused posterity, Pres. Obama hit a home run in his climate speech today at Georgetown U.   (Will prompt action follow?   Stay tuned. . . )   In addition to the substance, the speech included some … Continue reading

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What a great example of how to breath life into an abstract topic—renewable energy—by turning it into a human character.    Add bits of emotional drama, surprise and slightly-risque humor. . . and the story becomes irresistible! This award-winning ad by … Continue reading

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Weathergirl loses it.       OMG!

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Another excellent clip from “How to talk to an Ostrich, a series of short takes by PBS’s Earth the Operators’ Manual.

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Last week at the Climate Reality Leadership Training in San Francisco, storytelling guru Andy Goodman led a spellbinding session on the importance of “changing the story.”    Goodman described research that confirmed what many of us have experienced:  in a public … Continue reading

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Here’s veteran TV meteorologist Paul Douglas (“A Message from a Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change): “I’m going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud:  climate change is real.   I am a moderate … Continue reading

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This updated USGS image is a striking  reminder of our vulnerability (click to enlarge).    In wet areas of the world—like northeastern U.S.—we take ample water supplies for granted, but globally it is a precious resource. Our food supply depends … Continue reading

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A conservative specialist in environmental law—Professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University—lays out a thoughtful conservative approach to tackling climate change in a recent post at The Atlantic magazine.   Climate hawk David Roberts (Grist) accurately describes Adler’s piece … Continue reading

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The Word – Sink or Swim (Colbert Report, 6/4/12) Thank god for parody— the best tool for puncturing puffed-up politicians who parade their ignorance. Here, Stephen Colbert skewers the North Carolina legislature’s proposal to outlaw use of climate models in … Continue reading

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