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Outside of Beijing, the sight of a Westerner arouses interest. I am stared at constantly. Our team has traveled to Taiyuan, the capital of China’s Shanxi Province. I think of Shanxi as the West Virginia of China — though it certainly does not feel like home. Along the miles from Beijing, factories increasingly dot the landscape, which seems to grow drier by the mile. A distinct twinge of sulfur hits me as I step out of the train and my nose tells me I am in coal country.

Jun 8, 2007

Seeing is believing

This spring, CIR reporter Duane Moles traveled to China to report on the environmental effects of the coal mining industry in Shanxi Province. Moles, a native of West Virginia, is a graduate student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Moles’ reporting journal will appear on The Muckraker blog through next week:

After months of talking with my fellow student reporters about the slew of environmental crises in China, I confront the reality of China’s environment before my feet ever touch the country’s soil. Gliding down through what I thought were clouds, the true nature of environmental degradation materializes as suddenly as the appearance of the Beijing Airport landing strip outside my window. I’m surprised when I see gate and ground transit blurring alongside the plane — because of the “clouds” I thought we were still some 10,000 feet in the air. A fellow reporter who had lived in Beijing for years was shocked at the thickness of the smog. Welcome to China.

Jun 4, 2007
Inside the Newsroom

Jaspin and Williams speak at SFSU

Cox reporter and author Elliot Jaspin and documentary film producer Marco Williams converged at San Francisco State University in May to talk to students and visitors and answer questions about their respective projects. Jaspin read an excerpt from his new book Buried in the Bitter Waters and Williams screened his award-winning documentary Banished.

May 30, 2007
Environment

Shaping the Media Message: Satires and Web Videos

Media companies funded by ExxonMobil have produced low-budget web videos satirizing Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. "An Inconvenient Story" This web-only video was produced by Competitive Enterprise Institute to criticize Al Gore’s travel in the promotion of “An Inconvenient Truth.” "Al Gore's Penguin Army" Another group influencing public opinion and receiving money from ExxonMobil is

Apr 27, 2007
Environment

Oil Slick

The petro-giants are touting their new sensitivity to global warming. They’re also spending huge amounts of money to defeat anti-warming legislation. To hear the captains of the oil industry speak these days, you’d think the petro-giants are leading the charge against climate change. At a recent energy conference in Houston, the CEOs of both Chevron

Apr 24, 2007
Environment

Science Suppressed

A major climate change report commissioned by the Clinton Administration warned of the impacts on agriculture, coasts, and water. Interview excerpts from Hot Politics reveal the Bush Administration tried to suppress the report.   Resource Links: Read the complete National Assessment of Climate Change report online. An email from Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute to Phil

Apr 24, 2007
Environment

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

Apr 24, 2007
Environment

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

Apr 24, 2007
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

Apr 24, 2007
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
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