Websites

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Essential information about all things climate

climatecentral.orgClimate Central surveys and conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. Their website offers many interactive graphics for exploration of climate change at local, national, and global scales.  For example, click here to find out how hot your favorite city will be in 2100.

InsideClimate News is an independent news organization, staffed by professional journalists that covers clean, carbon, and nuclear energy, and environmental science—as well as law, policy and public opinion. They received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for an investigation of a tar sands oil spill in Michigan.  They were a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2016 for reporting that Exxon conducted cutting-edge climate research decades ago and then, without revealing all that it had learned, worked at the forefront of climate denial, manufacturing doubt about the scientific consensus that its own scientists had confirmed.

Carbon Brief is a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. They specialise in clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response. They publish a wide range of content, including outstanding science explainers, interviews, analysis and factchecks, as well as daily and weekly email summaries of newspaper and online coverage.

http://climatecommunication.yale.edu Studies the psychological, cultural and political factors that shape public opinion and behavior, using surveys, experiments, interviews, statistical models, maps and participatory GIS, among other methods. They also conduct studies at the global, national, and local scales. Major projects include Climate Change in the American Mind, The Yale Climate Opinion Maps, and International Attitudes & Behavior. They also publish Yale Climate Connections - an online climate news service and national radio broadcast. 

The Climate Impact Lab is a unique collaboration of 30 climate scientists, economists, computational experts, researchers, analysts, and students from some of the nation’s leading research institutions.  They combine cutting edge climate science, statistical and mathematical research, data engineering, and advanced computing to produce evidence-based climate risk information at the local level. The link above leads to a map of U.S. counties showing projected temperatures during the 21st century.


Making Sense of Newspapers

The remarkable Global Warming Planet site indexes daily climate-related content from 200 sources worldwide. These newspapers and journals represent most regions of the world, and range from high quality news reporting to well respected science journals and organizations.  The site was created by Tucsonan Ken Matesich. 

Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage.  The climate claims in newspaper articles with enticing titles are compared with established climate science and rated on a correctness scale from -2 to 2. The goal is to help readers know which news to trust.

Skeptical Science is an internet resource to counter misinformation propagated by climate science deniers.  It was founded in 2007 by John Cook, currently at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.  As of December 2019, the site lists 197 Climate Myths, each corrected first in one pithy sentence (useful in arguments with deniers), and then by scientific explanations at basic, intermediate and advanced technical depth. There are also weekly summaries of climate news, blog posts, and explainers. 

John Cook is lead author of the oft-quoted 2013 study that analyzed 11,944 research papers on climate and concluded that 97% of climate scientists endorse the consensus position that humans are causing global warming.

He has designed a free online course titled Making Sense of Climate Change Denial, with over 37,000 enrollees to date.

 

Solutions

Post Carbon InstituteFounded in 2003, Post Carbon Institute’s mission is to lead the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises of the 21st century.

Since 1999, the Water – Use It Wisely conservation campaign has made smart water use fun, easy and practical for everyone. This campaign is all about giving voice to water – your voice. No matter where you need to get the water word out – business, home, classroom or municipality – we've developed a variety of ways to use WUIW as a tool to help spread your own unique water conservation message.

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute and the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators have partnered to create this online resource that will help state legislators throughout America learn from their colleagues in other states. We hope to assist legislators who are interested in advancing smart environmental policies by sharing best practices and actual legislation that is working successfully in a number of states already.

C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, which was founded in 1998, and is widely recognized as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate issues. They consistently rank among the world’s leading environmental policy think tanks in the University of Pennsylvania Global Go To Think Tank Index. C2ES also was named the 2016 top U.S. energy and environment think tank by Prospect magazine for their work on the Paris Agreement.


Government Organizations

NASA is one of the few government agencies that has not been directed to remove the term "climate change" from its public websites. Perhaps it is because of the preponderance of data, explanations, and multimedia resources that exist here. You can spend days exploring this excellent site.

https://www.globalchange.gov hosts reports and analyses on the status of climate change from thirteen government agencies. Here you can obtain copies of the National Climate Assessments from 2018 and previous years. A comprehensive website with materials for the public, educators, and researchers. Another treasure trove of information.


Do-it-yourself Climate Change and Solutions

Climate Interactive offers interactive, scientifically rigorous tools that help people see connections, play out scenarios, and predict what strategies may help to address the biggest challenges we face. Based on a long tradition of system dynamics modeling at MIT that explores the interplay between social and planetary systems, the simulations cover a range of topics, from climate change and clean energy to disaster risk reduction and resilience. 

The Educational Global Climate Modeling Project (EdGCM) at Columbia University offers a research-grade model that can be run on a laptop (not free).  The program is essentially the one used by James Hansen et al. to create their (accurate) global warming predictions in a 1983 paper. Teachers, students and others can learn-by-doing to design climate experiments, run computer simulations, post-process data, analyze output using scientific visualization tools, and report on their results. All of this is done in the same manner and with the same tools used by climate scientists.  The software has been used by middle school students as well as graduate students.  It is worth downloading and experimenting with the 30-day free trial version just to be able to say that you have followed in the footsteps of climate science giants.

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