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Climate of Extremes, Part Two: Dialogue -- Not Diatribes -- Needed for Bi-Partisan Action

Climate of Extremes, Part Two: Dialogue — Not Diatribes — Needed for Bi-Partisan Action

Reposted from the Breakthrough.org. This is the second of two articles on climate activism and political polarization. The first can be viewed here. 1. As Bill McKibben has focused on building a new progressive grassroots movement, Tom Steyer and his political advisors have sought to spend his vast wealth to influence key U.S. Senate and Governoratorial races....
Climate of Extremes, Part One: How Polarizing Global Warming Strategies Backfire

Climate of Extremes, Part One: How Polarizing Global Warming Strategies Backfire

Reposted from the Breakthrough.org. This is first of two articles on climate activism and political polarization, the second of which can be foundhere. In August 2011, writer-turned-activist Bill McKibben along with a few dozen other environmentalists spent several nights in a Washington, DC jail. They were the first among thousands who would be arrested in...
Pew Polarization Findings Bad News for Liberals, Good News for Conservatives

Pew Polarization Findings Bad News for Liberals, Good News for Conservatives

Many liberal activists and commentators are likely welcoming survey findings from the Pew Research Center showing that over the past 20 years the number of Americans who can be rated as “consistently liberal” in their worldviews has increased four fold, from 3 percent in 1994 to 12 percent today. Perhaps even more encouraging, in a...

NPR News on Framing Global Warming as a Public Health Threat

Effectively engaging the American public on climate change—including its causes, impacts, and solutions—remains both a major research question and a communication challenge. Effective public engagement requires understanding the cognitive, affective, and behavioral nature of audiences.  On the Monday, Sept. 10 2012 edition of NPR’s All Things Considered, Richard Harris reported on the findings of a...