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Shaping the Media Message: Documentary Films

These documentaries that spread doubt about global warming were funded by energy companies or feature their paid global warming skeptics. “The Greening of Planet Earth” This documentary film was produced by Western Fuels Association, via the now-defunct subgroup “The Greening Earth Society,” an organization that promoted the idea that carbon dioxide (CO2) has beneficial effects

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Shaping the Media Message: Climate Skeptics in Mainstream Media

Even though a large majority of the scientific community agrees that climate change is real and is caused by human forces, some scientists continue to argue that climate change is a hoax. Many of these scientists have received funding either directly or indirectly by the oil, coal, and gas industries. Mainstream news organizations have helped

Environment

Shaping the Media Message: Video News Releases (VNRs)

The controversial practice of releasing “fake” news stories and sending them for free to content-starved small local news stations is common in many industries. These Video News Releases (called VNRs) are often aired on these stations as real news, often without any attribution or disclaimers to reveal that the stories were paid for and produced

Environment

The Manipulation of Science

In the spring of 1998, a remarkable document surfaced. The eight-page "action plan" detailed plans by the American energy industry — notably oil companies and a large electricity producer — to derail the Kyoto Protocol, the landmark treaty aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. At the time, then-President Bill Clinton and his deputies were

Apr 24, 2007
Environment

Shaping the Media Message: Sophisticated Ad Campaigns

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is one of the organizations most heavily funded by ExxonMobil and other industry leaders as part of a campaign to spread doubt about global warming. Watch two TV ads CEI has produced. "We Call it Life" The Competitive Enterprise Institute is one of the organizations most heavily funded by ExxonMobil and

Apr 24, 2007
Environment

Skateboarding for a Cooler World

What are carbon offsets? Does buying stickers really make up for the pollution you've caused? Visit three companies who think it can. Credits: Written, directed, and produced by Niall McKay Presenter: Lee West Senior producer: Oriana Zill de Granados Editor: Carlo Kamin Camera: Andy Schocken, Marissa Aroy, Niall McKay Researcher: Mia Lobel Production Assistant: Ilja

Apr 24, 2007
Environment

AIR: Crisis Management

AIR, the new weekly documentary series, produced by Thirteen/WNET in New York in association with CIR, premieres Friday, September 1 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). * * * Long before Hurricane Katrina made its deadly landfall in August 2005, most journalists who had reported on New Orleans' storm-readiness knew the city

Sep 1, 2006
Environment

The Nuclear Underground

With Mark Schapiro's investigative report, "The Middleman," FRONTLINE/World begins an ongoing series about the frightening world of nuclear smuggling. In a rare moment of agreement during last year's presidential debates, George Bush and John Kerry both declared nuclear proliferation as the single most serious threat the United States faces. Their bipartisan concern followed revelations that the

Mar 31, 2005
Environment

Electronics, unleaded

New European Union environmental legislation impacting the production of computers, video cameras, cellular phones, and other electrical items will force the global electronics industry to reduce the amount of toxic substance it uses and to take back and recycle its products. The laws are compelling U.S. companies to change they way they do business at

Mar 10, 2005
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