New climate change site from Nature

Nature, the respected scientific journal, has a new climate change portal full of free content. A free issue in the Nature Collections series on Energy is available as a PDF.

When relatively exlusive publications try to open themselves to a more general audience, the results can be interesting. In trunks back in North Vancouver, I have hundreds of issues of The Economist where all the images are black and white, and the pages are just columns of text sometimes accented in red. In the previous span where I subscribed to Scientific American they also made a big shift towards the mainstream. I doubt that Nature will undertake such a shift. It is, after all, a peer reviewed scientific journal, but it will be interesting to see whether their attempts to promote the visibility of some scientific data and analysis will shift the overall journalistic picture of climate change at all.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

5 thoughts on “New climate change site from Nature

  1. Harper proposes less rigid climate-change plan

    Globe and Mail Update

    September 24, 2007 at 11:21 AM EDT

    NEW YORK — A new international climate change pact should call for the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions to be slashed in half by 2050, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday.

    Speaking for the first time at the United Nations on the issue of climate change, Mr. Harper also signalled his desire for a less-rigid arrangement than the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

  2. This may interest you:

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  3. Sampath has developed a continuous, automated manufacturing process for solar panels using glass coating with a cadmium telluride thin film instead of the standard high-cost crystalline silicon.

    The continuous manufacturing process is critical.

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    Jun 20th 2002
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