Anna Fahey

Anna Fahey is a senior communications strategist at Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based research and communications center working on sustainable solutions for the Pacific NW.

Climate Change

The art of talking climate science

By tweaking their language, scientists can communicate better with the public on climate change.Cross-posted from Sightline Daily. This is part five in the series “Talking Weather and Climate.” Read parts one, two, three, and four. Let’s face it: Few of us speak in perfect, clear, stirring, and memorable soundbites. But scientists are particularly apt to load their communications with so many caveats and so much detail that non-scientists have a hard time determining whether they’ve said anything definitive at all. Scientists have good reason to be cautious in their communications — and in a politically charged environment, climate scientists are …

Climate Skeptics

Talking to the Tea Party about climate?

Is talking to Tea Partiers about climate that different from talking to your eco-friendly, politically savvy friends?

Climate Change

The first rule of talking about extreme weather

Bringing up the connection between weather and climate change takes a problem of astronomical proportions and makes it far more concrete.

Climate Change

Heated debate: public opinion on climate and weather

Polls show that most Americans think we should be addressing the problem of climate change somehow, regardless of whether they believe it's man-made.

Climate Change

The new abnormal: look who's talking about climate and weird weather

Journalists, experts, and The Onion offer different approaches to the conversation about connections between climate change and extreme weather.

Climate Change

Talking about the weather, post chitchat

The weather isn't a boring topic of conversation, and talking about the link between extreme weather and climate change takes on new significance.

Headed for the biggest D'oh! of all

What ‘The Simpsons’ could teach us about global warming

Are climate scientists the Milhouses of America?Cross-posted from Sightline’s Daily Score blog. I encourage you to check out a downright awesome analysis of the treatment of global warming on The Simpsons, over at The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media.* Meanwhile, here’s my take. The Simpsons phenomenon is a reminder of the power of pop culture to reflect — and shape — political attitudes. But, as Sara Peach concludes, the longest running (hardest working?) show on TV hasn’t exactly moved the public forward on the issue of climate change — in terms of basic knowledge about the actual …

How To Talk About Energy Policy

Matthew Yglesias makes a strong case that the “energy independence” frame has backfired when it comes to moving the public on climate-friendly energy policy. I agree. (Jon Stewart illustrates better than anyone how poorly this line has fared—as far back as the Nixon years!) And Yglesias isn’t alone. My colleagues in the climate policy communications arena have long known that it’s hard to argue with the drill, baby drill (or dig, baby dig) mentality when you’re pushing independence. Tapping nationalism and an already ramped-up fear of “evil-doers” has had its allure. But it blunts the issue, weakening calls for a …

The Day When Breast Isn't Best

A list of ghastly toxics known to be present in human breast milk—from pesticides and flame retardants to deodorizers and wood preservatives—is enough to make any new mom question the oft-heard refrain that “breast is best.” Still, most experts still agree that breast milk is the healthiest choice for both moms and babies. That’s probably why parenting magazines and doctors’ office pamphlets rarely mention chemical contaminants in human breast milk: they want to encourage breastfeeding, rather than sow doubt about it. And as a result, moms are exposed to a lot of information on the health benefits of breastfeeding, yet …

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