Communication, Media & Politics in a Risk Society

Shifting Ideas, Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy
Disruptive Ideas & Climate Change

Disruptive Ideas & Climate Change

In a new peer-reviewed paper I examine the impact of prominent public intellectuals and best-selling authors in the climate change debate.
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Crude oil "Bomb" trains and community safety

Crude oil “Bomb” trains and community safety

Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster has produced a powerful New York Times op-doc on crude oil “bomb” trains. In this op-doc, Bowermaster spotlights crude oil trains that pass on rail lines along side the Hudson River, through Albany, NY, and other towns, and within 5 miles of Manhattan. Needless to say, environmentalists are helping many Americans understand their local...
Social sciences are best hope for ending debates over climate change

Social sciences are best hope for ending debates over climate change

–Guest post by Andrew Hoffman, University of Michigan. Reposted with permission from The Conversation US. Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown described Senator Ted Cruz as unfit to run for office because of his “direct falsification of the existing scientific data” on climate change. Cruz fired back that “global warming alarmists” like Brown “ridicule and...
Health Communication: Third Short Analysis Paper

Health Communication: Third Short Analysis Paper

Choose 1 of the following 2 questions to answer.  Your essay should be approximately 2,000 words in length, drawing specifically on class readings and discussion as evidence and to inform your analysis.  Use APA citation style for all references. Your essay is due to me by email at m.nisbet@neu.edu by 5pm on Friday April 17....
Environmental Communication: Third Short Analysis Paper

Environmental Communication: Third Short Analysis Paper

Choose 1 of the following 2 questions to answer.  Your essay should be approximately 2,000 words in length, drawing specifically on class readings and discussion as evidence and to inform your analysis.  Use APA citation style for all references. Your essay is due to me by email at m.nisbet@neu.edu by 5pm on Friday April 17. 1) Describe historically...
Science celebrities are our de facto science laureates

Science celebrities are our de facto science laureates

Declan Fahy, American University A bill to create a US science laureate is pending in Congress. Climate skeptics reportedly derailed a previous proposal in 2013, fearing President Obama would appoint a scientist who shared his policy goal to curb greenhouse gases. Akin to the poet laureate position, the honorary one-year laureate appointment would give a...
Health Communication: 2nd Short Analysis Paper

Health Communication: 2nd Short Analysis Paper

Choose 1 of the following 2 questions to answer.  Your essay should be approximately 2,000 words in length, drawing specifically on class readings and discussion as evidence and to inform your analysis.  Use APA citation style for all references. Your essay is due to me by email at m.nisbet@neu.edu by 5pm on Friday March 27....
Environmental Communication: 2nd Short Analysis Paper

Environmental Communication: 2nd Short Analysis Paper

Choose 1 of the following 2 questions to answer.  Your essay should be approximately 2,000 words in length, drawing specifically on class readings and discussion as evidence and to inform your analysis.  Use APA citation style for all references. Your essay is due to me by email at m.nisbet@neu.edu by 5pm on Friday March 27. 1) Describe briefly...
Our partisan brains: The psychology of why liberals and conservatives deny science

Our partisan brains: The psychology of why liberals and conservatives deny science

By Erik C Nisbet, The Ohio State University and R. Kelly Garrett, The Ohio State University Senator Inhofe (R-Okla.) pitched a snowball on the floor of the United States Senate last month. This was his way of disputing that 2014 was the warmest year on earth and that human-caused climate change is happening. Inhofe’s beliefs...
Boom in solar and natural gas both driven by government investment in innovation

Boom in solar and natural gas both driven by government investment in innovation

By Frank Jossi, reposted from Ensia.com. March 9, 2015 — On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United States. Opened in 2008 as a replacement for an aging coal plant, the 534-megawatt natural gas facility...