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2014 in review II: the year in culture and reporting

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An aerial view shows stranded cattle in the flooded region of Ballivian province in the Beni department

Ah, the year end reviews. In 2014, as usual, there were lots of developments on the environmental front, including in culture and reporting. With respect to reporting, in particular, there are reasons for optimism, as much of the faulty or biaised climate reporting is finally being denounced. Movies and books also featured environmental concerns prominently.

The Tyee’s list of offbeat novels for the year includes two clifi ones: Station Eleven and The Bone Clocks. Fukushima and 1117BC made their non-fiction list (along with Party of One, Capital, and Harperism); and the online magazine also listed Virunga among the notable movies of the year. Grist mentioned Blackfish as its documentary of the year (as it played a huge role in the demise of Seaworld), and Interstellar and Snowpiercer as two blockbusters that feature climate change, and noted that climate also had cameos on TV shows such as The Newsroom.

Reuters, once again, offers the photos of the year in environment (including this one on top of the post, of a flood in Bolivia).

In journalism, it was great to see a southern paper such as the Tampa Bay Times taking the trouble to debunk climate hoax claims; the resulting reporting was reader’s choice for the year, no less. This was actually part of a welcome trend: both The Daily Beast, Mother Jones, and ThinkProgress reviewed the most flawed articles and claims of the year (all make for rather entertaining reading).  Bill Moyers had an excellent in-depth feature where scientists debunk common climate myths.

DeSmogBlog Canada features the ten big energy and climate stories of the year (don’t be surprised if you didn’t hear about them in mainstream media; but the gamut ranges from Neil Young to geothermal, and they are all worth reading). Finally – and maybe the biggest reason for optimism for the new year: the debate shifted this year, with business-as-usual and deniers losing a lot of credibility. PressProgress’s “five posts that shifted the debate” include: the Fraser Institute loose way of collecting mining statistics; Peter MacKay echoing the NRA; Leona Agglukak with her nose in the newspaper; Rex Murphy in the pay of Big Oil; and (drum roll) Kinder Morgan’s claim that oil spills are good for the economy.

People just aren’t falling for it anymore, and that’s great.

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Written by enviropaul

December 31, 2014 at 6:19 pm

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