Connie Barlow writes: "you might appreciate this webpage (I know the woman who does it) for quickly keeping up on climate science and climate action.  It is titles of news, blogs, etc. plus links, listed in monthly order.  When you click on an interesting title, scroll down to see the article appear at the bottom.  So you don't even have to leave that webpage." http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.com/




Extreme Weather: Impacts of Climate Change (NRDC, Natural Resources Defense Council) - http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/climate-change-impacts/


Three numbers - no one wants the temperature to go up more than 2 degrees celsius, we can (by conservative estimates) generate 565 gigatons more carbon before that will be inevitable, and fossil fuel companies and countries are already counting on digging up and selling 2,795 gigatons - http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719


Plant hardiness zones in much/most of the U.S. have already shifted significantly: http://www.arborday.org/media/map_change.cfm


NOAA Global Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/global.html


A course on what the world would be like with 4 degrees Celsius warming: https://www.coursera.org/course/warmerworld (not really a fact...)


Local impacts




Climate departure - When the average temperature of the coolest year starts to be warmer than the average temperature of the hottest year from 1960-2005 - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/09/map-these-are-the-cities-that-climate-change-will-hit-first/ and http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v502/n7470/full/nature12540.html


A Great New Tool That Makes Global Climate Change Local: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-risky-is-it-really/201402/great-new-tool-makes-global-climate-change-local


Earth Wind Map (current conditions):  https://www.facebook.com/EarthWindMap 

for the United States: http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-96.88,35.74,2048


American Public Attitudes re climate change


The Six Americas Report (pdf downloads):

Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2013

Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in November 2013

Public support for "Nearly a quarter (24%) of all Americans would support an organization that engaged in non-violent civil disobedience against corporate or government activities that make global warming worse. Moreover, 13% say they would be willing to personally engage in non-violent civil disobedience for the same reason." - http://www.climatechangecommunication.org/sites/default/files/reports/Communication-April-2013.pdf


Most Americans Support Action on Global Warming

Date:        02/12/2014 10:03 AM
Today we are releasing the third report from our latest national survey. In
Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies, we report that most Americans support national action on global warming:

  • Most Americans (83%) say the U.S. should make an effort to reduce global warming, even if it has economic costs.
  • Majorities of Americans say that corporations and industry (65%), citizens themselves (61%), and the U.S. Congress (52%) should be doing more to address global warming.
  • A majority of Americans (71%) say global warming should be a “very high”, “high”, or “medium” priority for the president and Congress.

The survey also found that majorities of Democrats and Republicans support several climate and energy policies. For example:

  • Providing tax rebates for people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels (82% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans support this)
  • Funding more research into renewable energy sources (84% and 60% respectively)
  • Regulating CO2  as a pollutant (85% and 55%)
  • Eliminating all subsidies for the fossil-fuel industry (67% and 52%)

The report includes an Executive Summary and the results broken down by political party and Global Warming’s Six Americas.  You can download it here.
I’ll be back in touch soon with our next report on Americans’ Actions to Limit Global Warming.

Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D.
Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Yale University
(203) 432-4865
Twitter: @ecotone2




Seeking better facts for...


How much has the average temperature already risen?


If we stopped putting more greenhouse gases into the air today, how much temperature rise would we experience? (Assuming no feedback looks? Assuming some/all feedback loops?)


Want good articles on the potential for jet stream, and thermohaline circulation, to drastically change local weather conditions everywhere. (And other major effects - e.g. ocean acidification -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_collapse )


Nuclear power pros/cons.


Insurance companies' support for real action on climate crisis.


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