Bringing the lessons of psychology to bear on communicating the importance climate change

There is an on-going debate as to the most effective approach to get people to take climate change seriously. Lucia Graves writes in the Guardian about the complications in finding the right approach. What are your views?   Which works better: climate fear, or climate hope? Well, it's complicated There’s a debate in climate circles … Continue reading Bringing the lessons of psychology to bear on communicating the importance climate change

Blog from Catrin Maby – The ‘stuckness’ of energy policy for buildings – taking a different standpoint

Energy efficiency policy can sometimes seem a bit stuck, and perhaps nowhere more than in the sphere of buildings. There is a natural human need to focus in on ‘technical fixes’ (like ‘smart’ technologies) because they seem like they could be easy solutions. This is sadly an illusion - in reality there is no quick … Continue reading Blog from Catrin Maby – The ‘stuckness’ of energy policy for buildings – taking a different standpoint

Twitter for the Sustainable Energy Transition in Europe

I actively send out tweets and have been doing so for several years. For the most part, they complement my sustainable energy blog, Energy in Demand. I now have over 5,400 followers @EnergyDemand and the level of activity is encouraging. Based in Paris and London, obviously the policy world gravitates around the European Union – … Continue reading Twitter for the Sustainable Energy Transition in Europe

Communicating the science of climate change has never been more important

EiD is often writing about the importance of good communication. Chelsea Harvey writes a good article in the Washington Post about new research showing that the reports from the IPCC showing that its reports have not necessarily become easier for the layperson to understand. This is a good article because it is important for all … Continue reading Communicating the science of climate change has never been more important

An interesting documentary on climate change

There are many ways of communicating messages on climate change or sustainable energy. Celestine Bohlen writes in the New York Times about a new documentary that has recently been released.   Adjusting the Tune on Climate Change For a week in November, people across the United States were complaining bitterly about the cold. Record low … Continue reading An interesting documentary on climate change

The cost of deception

Canada’s tar sands and the means of getting the product to markets remain controversial in and outside Canada. Eric Reguly writes in Canada’s Globe and Mail about some of the misleading elements that have been included in the Canadian government’s attempt to sway American views. Canada’s $207,000 oil sands ad: Putting a price on deception … Continue reading The cost of deception

Five-point plan for communicating on climate change

Continuing on the communication theme, Simon Maxwell, Executive Chair of the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), has published a new paper, offering a five-point plan on how to win the public and policy argument on climate change. Maxwell argues that a plan is necessary because climate change policy is contested, and – like all … Continue reading Five-point plan for communicating on climate change

Concern over “fair and balanced” reporting on climate change

Dana Nuccitelli wrote an excellent blog for the Guardian on the false balance of reporting in the media.  His main concern is the BBC, globally recognised as one of the mainstays in even, unbiased reporting.  Nuccitelli presents a different picture and one that goes beyond British borders. His concern is that the BBC has decided … Continue reading Concern over “fair and balanced” reporting on climate change