Tag Archives: climate science

Communicating the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change

What’s the best way to communicate the fact that the overwhelming majority of scientists believe that climate change is real and human-caused? Is it metaphors that compare scientists’ beliefs on climate change to doctors’ beliefs about whether or not a child is sick? Or descriptive statements? Charts and graphics? New peer-reviewed research suggests that the most compelling ways to communicate the scientific […]

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Overcoming Climate Fatigue

The past few months have been marked by a deluge of new scientific information about climate change and climate impacts. There were the WG-II and WG-III reports from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the “What We Know” primer from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and most recently, the third […]

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MomentUs Leader Katharine Hayhoe Named to TIME’s 100

Congratulations to MomentUs leader Katharine Hayhoe, who was just named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Hayhoe is both a climate scientist – she’s the Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech and a lead author on the 2014 National Climate Assessment – and an evangelical Christian. Hayhoe […]

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The Psychology Behind Climate Denial, and What to Do About It

Climate skepticism continues to bewilder many stakeholders working on climate solutions. Why do skeptics believe what they do? And what’s the best way to engage with them? In a recent piece in The Conversation, cognitive scientist Stephan Lewandosky answered questions submitted on Reddit about conspiracy theories, climate denial, and public reactions to science. What’s most […]

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What’s Climate Change Got to Do With Tobacco?

One of the main obstacles to widespread support for climate solutions has been a misinformation campaign about the existence and causes of climate change. Yet campaigns propagating doubt about science are not new. In fact, the U.S. was home to a similar campaign several decades ago, this one focused on denying the science behind the […]

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Solutions-Focused U.N. Climate Report Received Least Media Coverage

Media coverage of the third U.N. climate report, which focused on solutions, was the lowest among the U.N.’s three climate reports released over the last eight months, according to a new Media Matters analysis. The third report received only about a quarter of the coverage of the first report, which focused on scientific evidence.   […]

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Why Our Climate Change Vocabulary Needs a Makeover

Climate advocates often talk about climate change using scientific terms like “emissions schemes” and “temperature patterns.” But advocates’ strict adherence to scientific language may actually be undermining support for solutions, writes Australian general practitioner (GP) Tim Senior in a recent essay. Part of the problem is that this “big picture” language distances advocates from those […]

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MSNBC Climate Coverage Most Accurate, Study Finds

A new study released this month found that MSNBC had the most accurate climate coverage of three major cable news networks: MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News. The study, which was conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists and featured by the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media, found that 92 percent of MSNBC’s […]

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Using the IPCC’s Reports to Boost Climate Engagement

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) assessment (from IPCC Working Group II, on climate impacts) has been pegged as one of the body’s most dire reports. The key takeaway, according to The Huffington Post, is that “the big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists […]

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New NAS Report Lays Out Climate Change, Plain and Simple

Scientific reports, especially those on climate change, are infamous for being esoteric and hard to read. In fact, confusion about climate science is one factor that has hindered progress towards climate solutions. But a new report, produced jointly by the National Academy of Sciences in the US and the Royal Society in the UK and […]

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