Archive by Author

Support for Carbon Tax Soars When Tax Revenue Funds Renewable Energy

According to conventional wisdom, proposing a carbon tax to solve climate change would be a political anathema. But new research from the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College suggests that a carbon tax might not be doomed to fail. What matters, it turns out, is where the revenue from the tax goes. While just 34% of […]

Continue reading

Climate Coverage on Sunday Shows Skyrockets

Climate coverage on Sunday shows skyrocketed in the first half of 2014, according to a new Media Matters analysis. Climate coverage in the first half of 2014 has already surpassed the coverage climate received on Sunday shows over the past four years. An uptick in newsworthy climate-related events, including the release of the National Climate […]

Continue reading

What Do Americans Really Think About Climate Change?

Making sense of polling data is rarely easy. Many different organizations, from survey groups to NGOs to news outlets to academic institutions conduct public opinion polls, each with their own survey samples, wording and methodology. With all of these different factors, it can be hard to ascertain out exactly what Americans think about public policy issues […]

Continue reading

Bicycling: The Next Mainstream Climate Solution

Bicycling and other forms of alternative transportation have long been touted as part of the puzzle that will help lead America toward a more positive climate future. But until recently, bicycling has been limited to just a small percentage of the American population, says a recent article in The Huffington Post. A new type of […]

Continue reading

When Climate Change Becomes Heart-Wrenching

It’s not often that individuals imagine themselves 75 years into the future, living in a world deeply affected by climate change. Doing so, however, can prove to be an enormously powerful exercise, as a recent column in the New York Times illustrates. In the column, opinion writer Anna North tells her own story about what her life […]

Continue reading

Using Storytelling to Motivate New Audiences

One of the biggest challenges cause communicators face is engaging individuals who aren’t already deeply invested in an issue. In a recent Chronicle of Philanthropy article, communication guru Paul VanDeCarr suggests a new approach to reaching new audiences: storytelling. Storytelling, especially storytelling that utilizes social media and other online platforms, can help turn lukewarm supporters into engaged audiences.   The […]

Continue reading

New Analysis: Red States and Blue States Agree We Need Action on Climate Change

Conventional wisdom (and research) tells us that Republicans and Democrats are about as far apart in their views on climate change as you can get. But a new meta-analysis of polling data recently featured in The Huffington Post suggests a different story. The analysis, conducted by the Program for Public Consultation (PPC), a joint project of the […]

Continue reading

What Do Climate Solutions Actually Look Like?

“Climate solutions” can seem like an abstract term. What is a “climate solution” anyway? A new interactive graphic, produced by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Momentum for Change initiative, shows real-live examples of climate solutions across the world. A project in Bangalore brings solar lighting systems to the slums of the city. […]

Continue reading