Controversial Environmental Writer to Speak at UCO

Environmental science and policy reporter Justin Gillis of the New York Times will be a keynote speaker on climate change next week at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

His talk will be “Hot Times! Into a Warming World” and will be at 2 p.m., April 7 in UCO’s Pegasus Theater. It will be free and open to the public.

Gillis has been with the Times since 2007 and has covered environmental science and policy since 2010. His series, “Temperature Rising,” written from 2010 to 2013 updated readers on major developments in climate science. Some of his writing has earned him the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism from Columbia University in 2011.

However, his reporting has also been criticized by many who contend his writing is biased and slanted in support of climate change. One 2013 headline said “NYT’s Gillis, Writing Under False Headline, Rants Against Warming Skeptics With ‘Little Scientific Credibility’.” Another said “Gillis Finds yet Another Study Proving Global Warming, Ignores How His Previous One Was Discredited.” And another said, “Alarmist Enviro Reporter Gillis Hits at ‘Climate Deniers,’ Compares Them to Creationists.”

Gillis will also take part in a lunch with UCO faculty members to discuss ways to use the Times as a classroom resource.

The event is sponsored by the New York Times and the UCO American Democracy Project which prepares students to become the next generation of informed, engaged citizens.

Read News Busters’ view of Gillis and his reporting of the Paris Climate Accord.

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