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Portrait of a cartographer, assumed to be Pietro Vesconte himself, from the 1318 Vesconte atlas. Source:  Museo Correr in Venice, Italy.

Who Needs Science Journalism Anyway?

Portrait of a cartographer, assumed to be Pietro Vesconte himself, from the 1318 Vesconte atlas. Source: Museo Correr in Venice, Italy.

By Kari Lydersen

The public appetite for science, and by extension for science journalism, seems to be in a schizophrenic state lately. On one hand, certain political leaders/agitators and segments of the public continue to mock and demean science as a liberal-driven drain on public resources–a realm where taxpayer dollars are spent on studying the mating habits of insects or promoting the “hoax” of climate change.  At the same time, the climate change crisis and the embrace of all things “green” also seems to have driven increased curiosity and interest in science, especially environment-related science among the general public. Continue reading