Friday, May 4, 2007

A New Climate Change Blog: Joy in Geekdom

As you can tell from this blog, I am following several public policy topics because I think they have theological importance. One of those areas is climate change (also known as global warming). I was therefore pleased to see that the renowned science journal, Nature has a blog (Climate Feedback) devoted to climate change science. Here is a description of this new blog from its opening post:


Welcome to Climate Feedback, a new blog hosted by Nature Reports: Climate Change to facilitate lively and informative discussion on the science and wider implications of global warming.


Launching in May, Nature Reports: Climate Change is a new online resource from Nature, dedicated to in-depth reporting on global change. In light of the need for greater understanding of and access to information on climate change, the new website will vastly extend Nature’s reporting on this issue of incalculable importance.

As its accompanying blog, Climate Feedback aims to encouarge less formal debate and commentary on climate science featured in our journals and others, in the news, and in the world at large. The blog will host the climate-related musings of editors of Nature and Nature Reports: Climate Change, as well as of a select group of climate scientists and policy experts. For details of our regular contributors, go to ‘Contributors’ on the blog home page. We will also host postings from other contributors outside of the core group from time to time. As Nature’s first exclusive climate blog, Climate Feedback will join the list of existing Nature blogs, which cover a diversity of subjects from neuroscience to science news.

Why the need for another climate blog?
Despite a twenty fold in increase in coverage of global warming over almost two decades in the UK (and a five fold increase in the US over the same period) (see papers by Max Boykoff) , climate change remains a low priority for the mainstream media. More importantly, climate change issues remain poorly understood among even the well-informed public. Mainstream coverage of climate change often leaves readers out in the cold when it comes to separating the known from the unknown, fact from opinion and even fact from fiction. And while the contribution of human activity to climate change is well-established, the extent and timescale of future changes and how to minimise and deal with these changes remain topics of huge debate.


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