News & Discussion
Check out these timely articles and essays which may be helpful for framing various environmental issues, connecting with specific audiences, or otherwise informing your storytelling and communications.
- More Americans Say There is Solid Evidence of Global Warming
As many environmentalists speak out about the lack of climate change talk from the US presidential candidates: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press releases a new study showing increasing numbers of Americans accept that global warming is occurring. A 67% majority say there is solid evidence for global warming, and 42% say human activity is to blame. Notably, an increasing percentage of Republicans (48%) and independents (65%) say there is solid evidence.
- People at Risk to Natural Disasters and How Nature Can Help
A very sticky argument against environmental action is that it doesn’t make good economic sense. Of course, an argument doesn’t need to be true to be effective! This article by Michael Beck counters that claim by laying out the findings of the 2012 World Risk Report – healthy ecosystems such as reefs and mangroves are cost-effective for risk reduction. They help mitigate damage caused by coastal storms and flooding better than just “gray” infrastructure (artificial breakwaters and seawalls) alone.
- Energy Perception And Policy Reality
An interesting, brief article from NPR about the vast disconnect between the public’s perception energy and the political reality of energy. Bonus disturbing reminder of this bewildering Michelle Bachmann quote from 2011: “Under President Bachmann you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again," she promised. "That will happen."