MCP Climate Communication, Local Projections & Alternative Explanations Resources
What’s Wrong With The Argument ‘The Climate Is Always Changing.’ NPR All Things Considered,
Links to resources organized by Key Question
Key Question 1: What does the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication suggest?
- YALE PROGRAM ON CLIMATE COMMUNICATION – SIX AMERICAS
- Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
- New Climate Voices YouTube videos (1.5 min each)
- How Humans are Changing the Climate
- How Climate Change Threatens National Security
- An Effective Climate Change Campaign
- Climate Change and our Christian Faith
- Jennifer Marlon, Research Scientist with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. ‘Climate Change Communication: Challenges & Opportunities’(Presentation at SOCAN Monthly Meeting, June 2021; YouTube link)
- Global Warming’s Six Americas, September 2021
- Want to know which of the Six Americas you are in? Take the Six Americas Quiz! Six Americas Super Short Survey (SASSY!)
- Climate Change in the American Mind (March 2021) Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. This latest national survey finds Americans who think global warming is happening outnumber those who think it is not by a ratio of more than 4 to 1 (70% versus 15%). Those who are “very” or “extremely” sure global warming is happening outnumber those who are “very” or “extremely” sure it is not by more than 5 to 1 (50% versus 9%). The report includes many other interesting findings, including how often Americans hear and talk about global warming.
- Engaging Diverse Audiences with Climate Change: Message Strategies for Global Warming’s Six Americas (March 18, 2014)
- Climate Advice: ‘How do I break bad news about climate change?’ A six-step guide to honest and compassionate conversations. from Yale Climate Connections (Nov 15, 2018)
- KATHARINE HAYHOE: Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and also a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor and the Political Science Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Public Law in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. Additionally, an associate in the Public Health program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Principal investigator for the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Adaptation Science Center and the National Science Foundation’s Global Infrastructure Climate Network.
- A Conversation with Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe Sponsored by The Renaissance Society (Sept 10, 2021) [YouTube]
- OTHER INFORMATION
- Climate Conversation Coach David Suzuki (2019)
- 8 percent of Americans recently changed their minds on climate. What gives?
- Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions.
- Climate Interpreter: Learn. Collaborate. Communicate climate change.
- The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science — and Reality by Chris Mooney A 2012 book about the psychological basis for many Republicans’ rejection of mainstream scientific theories, as well as theories of economics and history.
Key Question 2: What are the regional climate trends, projections, and consequences?
- Renewable Energy Assessment for Jackson & Josephine Counties, Oregon (Dec 2011) Good Company
- Southern Oregon Regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory (March 2011) The carbon footprint of Jackson and Josephine county residents.
- City of Ashland Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report (Feb 2016) Good Company. Community and City Operations: Results, Analysis and Recommendations.
- US Climate Resilience Toolkit (NOAA) A visualization tool to explore interactive graphs and maps of climate projections and observations for any county in the contiguous United States. There is also a framework to define and build resilient solutions to local climate risk hazards.
- Open Mind: Models
- USGS Climate Research and Development Program. National Climate Change Viewer A source of data and graphs on climate trends and projections for counties in the contiguous US.
- Precipitation change
- Climate Science Special Report: 4th National Climate Assessment, volume I
- Blistering Future Summers for 1,001 US Cities Research Report by Climate Central.
Key Question 3: What has been the global temperature trend over the last two million years?
- Archived in Ice: Rescuing the Climate Record American Museum of Natural History
- Ancient World History: From a Global Perspective
- Oldest ice core: finding a 1.5 million-year record of Earth’s climate (Nov 6, 2013) FutureTimeline.net
- Global Climate Change – The ceffects of climate change NASA.
Key Question 4: What are the main hypotheses to explain global warming that compete with the current climate science consensus?
Key Question 5: What are the scientific explanations regarding the main competing hypotheses that have been offered to explain the 20th – 21st Century global warming trend?
A. Milankovitch Cycle
- Milankovitch Cycle -Universe Today (Sept 5, 2009) John Carl Villaneuva
- Milutin Milankovitch (1879-1958). (March 24, 2000) Steve Graham.
- Climate Models & Predictions For The Future
- Information from Paleoclimate Archives: Introduction To Global Change I
Lecture Notes. University of Michigan
B. Sun Spots & Solar Irradiance
- The Sun and Sunspots NOAA
- Sun and Climate: Moving in Opposite Directions Skeptical Science. Over the last 35 years the sun has shown a cooling trend. However global temperatures continue to increase. If the sun’s energy is decreasing while the Earth is warming, then the sun can’t be the main control of the temperature.
- Climate myths: It’s all down to cosmic rays (May 16, 2007) New Scientist
- Cherry picking (Sept 24, 2010)
C. Volcanic Activity
- NASA scientists: Expect record-breaking warm years soon (Jan 27. 2012) Carbon Brief: Clear on Climate
- Two attempts to blame global warming on volcanoes (Jan 18, 2010) John Cook, Skeptical Sceince.
- Aerosols and Incoming Sunlight NASA: Earth Observatory. The Sun provides the energy that drives Earth’s climate, but not all of the energy that reaches the top of the atmosphere finds its way to the surface. That’s because aerosols—and clouds seeded by them—reflect about a quarter of the Sun’s energy back to space.
D. The El Niño Southern Oscillation
- International Research Institute for Climate and Society – Eight Misconceptions About El Niño (and La Niña) (Columbia Climate School
- El Niño and La Niña Years and Intensities
E. Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations
- Global Greenhouse Gas (2022) Global Greenhouse Warming
- Skeptical Science (a good source for responses to climate denier claims)
- The Twelve Step Climate Consensus by Alan Journet identifies the key elements of this consensus with a brief on the implications for natural systems. This could be used not only to challenge skeptics to identify with exactly what element in the consensus they find disagreement, but can also be used as a refresher of the basics of climate science.