Australian Science Media Centre servicerer 3.000 australske journalister med viden og fakta fra videnskabens verden – og arbejder for at bygge bro mellem medier og forskning. Centret har blandt andet udarbejdet et dokument om fracking, shale gas og coal seam gas, som forklarer hvad begreberne og teknikkerne går ud på og hvori de kontroversielle aspekter består:
Coal seam gas in a Nutshell
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“If enough of us write to the top media editors across the world today, calling on them to stop following Murdoch’s lead, we could drown out the phony propaganda and make sure the scientists’ global wake up call is on the front pages. Just click the box on the right and add a short note. All of our messages will be sent directly to their inboxes.
Here are some suggestions for what to say:
• The climate debate is over. Friday’s IPCC report shows overwhelming scientific consensus that humans are causing climate change.
• The report also provides solutions for how to avert catastrophic climate change.
• The seriousness of this crisis and the opportunity to stop it requires responsible journalism that reports on the facts and doesn’t give airtime to fake science that will delay vital political action.
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“In 24 hours, the world’s top scientists will release the most important report in decades: proving once and for all that climate change is a massive threat, but that government action now can stop catastrophe. It’s a global wake up call to save our planet, but big oil and dirty energy have a powerful bully who’s rallying to stop the truth from coming out.
Rupert Murdoch owns hundreds of major media outlets including ultra conservative Herald Sun and the Australian, and he’s using his media power to help his oil buddies stop governments acting to curb their profits. In the US alone, a shocking 80% of climate stories from Murdoch’s select papers mislead readers about global warming! Now he’s set his sights on this groundbreaking report, and his media empire will dominate the conversation unless people around the world stand together and drown him out.
Battles like this are won or lost in the court of public opinion. One giant global petition supporting climate truth plus letters to the editor, tweets, social media messages could be the blows we need to win this fight. Let’s call Murdoch out now and persuade him to back off his attack on science and report the truth. Join now and spread the word — when our call reaches 1 million we’ll send a group of the world’s best scientists to directly give him the facts.”
Media Matters – 4 September 2013:
Environmentalists Deliver 42,000-Signature Petition For Better Climate Coverage To CNBC Headquarters
Environmental activists, spurred in part by a Media Matters study that found CNBC was misleading on climate change, held a protest in front of CNBC’s headquarters Tuesday and submitted more than 42,000 signatures in support of a petition urging the cable network to improve its coverage of that issue.
Americans Tell News To Cover Climate Change
72,000 Americans asked for a better news coverage of climate change issues. The League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and partneres delivered more than 72,000 petitions to ABC, NBC, and CBS demanding more climate change coverage during their evening newscasts.
“Twelve. That’s the combined number of segments that ABC, CBS and NBC’s nightly news programs devoted to climate change throughout all of 2012. This is woefully inadequate. We need coverage that’s consistent with the importance of dealing with this issue.
That’s why Mediamatters for America and the Sierra Club joined the League of Conservation Voters in asking those three nightly news programs to do a better job covering climate issues in 2013 than they did in 2012. Ask them to give Americans more frequent, accurate coverage of climate change this year.”
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