Before you do anything else..you might think about Grist’s fabulous article about how to talk to a climate skeptic..

Talking Climate

Talking Climate

Although contested by many climate deniers, 97% of the world’s climate-related scientific studies have determined that climate change is real and humans are primarily responsible. John Cook first published this finding in 2013, and new findings now show that 99.9% of climate-related scientific studies demonstrate that climate change is real.

What scientists believe and what regular Americans believe, however, continues to differ.

Politics began to play a role early on. In November, 2009, a Washington Post poll revealed that the percentage of Americans who believe global warming is happening dipped from 80% to 72%. In that article, reporter  Juliet Eilperin explained, “The increase in climate skepticism is driven largely by a shift within the GOP. Since its peak 3 1/2 years ago, belief that climate change is happening is down sharply among Republicans -- 76 to 54 percent -- and independents -- 86 to 71 percent. It dipped more modestly among Democrats, from 92 to 86 percent. A majority of respondents still support legislation to cap emissions and trade pollution allowances, by 53 to 42 percent.” By February 2022, with polling still at 72%, Yale published a detailed and highly interactive Climate Opinion Map detailing how climate change beliefs vary across the country. Another poll, in May 2022, reported that only 40% of registered voters consider climate change to be “a very important issue “ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Of those, “6 in 10 registered Democrats say the climate crisis will be a very important factor when they decide who to vote for in November. By contrast, global warming is near or at the bottom of congressional voting priorities among Republicans,” says the study.

Unfortunately, billions of dollars have been poured into misinformation campaigns to inhibit climate change progress and America remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels with record profits being posted in the summer of 2022 by Exxon and other major fossil fuel corporations.  The prominence of denialism in our national conversation about climate change is a product of these campaigns and continues to stall progress. CCR has created a page focused on GREENWASHING.

What is the first thing we need to do to address climate change? Simple: we need to understand it, accept the science, and act. This section provides news and resources to help you understand, accept, and communicate with people who are still skeptical about the reality of climate change. You might want to start with a 2019 video from Climate Crocks.

Accurate information is the foundation of a functioning democracy. A website called Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage. It is highly recommended if you find yourself unclear about something you have read in this time of so much misinformation.

There is also:
•  an awesome history answering the questions of “What did we know and when did we know it?” found at NASA.
•  a good quiz from the Washington Post.
•  a game developed by scientist John Cook called crankyuncle, using cartoons and critical thinking to fight misinformation used by climate change deniers. (Also available as a Teacher’s Guide)

CURRENT NEWS

Biden Won’t Let Unfair Trade Undercut US Clean Energy, Podesta Says

By Jennifer A Dlouhy 04/17/24
The US is committed to safeguarding its investments in domestic clean energy manufacturing, even as China builds excess production capacity, White House climate adviser John Podesta said Tuesday.
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Al Gore’s policy checklist for reaching net zero

By Leah Garden & Elsa Wenzel 04/16/24
Companies have the power to reach "true net zero" by midcentury, according to former vice president Al Gore, if they "stop using the sky as an open sewer. We've got to get to true net…
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Gore criticizes carbon capture

By Marie J. French And Ry Rivard 04/15/24
Former Vice President Al Gore is deeply skeptical of technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. “It’s a fraud,” Gore said during a Saturday speech in New York City to his network of climate…
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Dimon Calls Push to Stop All Oil and Gas Enormously Naïve

By Ruth Liao 04/08/24
Jamie Dimon said US delays of liquefied natural gas projects were done for political reasons to pacify those who believe oil and gas projects should simply be stopped — a position he calls “wrong” and…
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Clean energy in Texas, wildfire and flood in Canada and Russia, and how to engage your elected officials

04/04/24
I didn’t anticipate how incredibly awe-inspiring a total eclipse would be, when the last fraction of the moon slipped over the sun and all you could see was the corona. It reminded me how powerfully…
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Rebutting 33 False Claims About Solar, Wind, and Electric Vehicles

By Jacob Elkin and Matthew Eisenson 04/03/24
Achieving the United States’ ambitious emissions reduction goals depends in large part on the rapid adoption of wind and solar energy and the electrification of consumer vehicles. However, misinformation and coordinated disinformation about renewable energy…
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Big Oil clouded the science on extreme weather. Now it faces a reckoning

By Emily Sanders 04/02/24
When Bucks County, Pennsylvania, filed a lawsuit last week against major oil and gas companies for climate damages, Commissioner Chair Diane Ellis-Marseglia pointed to “unprecedented weather events here in Bucks County that have repeatedly put…
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The Oil and Gas Industry Wants ‘Energy Transition’ to Mean More Fossil Fuels

By Justin Worland 03/22/24
When I first started attending CERAWeek by S&P Global, perhaps the world’s most influential energy conference, many attendees treated the phrase “energy transition” almost as a dirty word or the butt of a joke. This…
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Biden’s Climate Agenda Is Actually Popular

By Robinson Meyer 03/14/24
s President Joe Biden prepares to run for re-election, one fact has eluded much notice: His climate change policies are pretty popular. In an exclusive Heatmap poll of 1,000 Americans conducted by Benenson Strategy Group…
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Biden’s climate chief says clean energy spending is winning over Americans

By Josh Siegel 03/07/24
Climate activists accuse President Joe Biden of doing too little to move the U.S. away from fossil fuels. Polls show that many voters don’t know about Biden’s biggest green initiatives. But the president’s top climate…
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The most epic (and literal) gaslighting of all time

By Bill MCKibben 03/05/24
I’m listening to John Coltrane through my headphones as I type, in an effort to stay calm enough that I don’t just start sputtering. You might want to do likewise as you read.
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The first museum in the U.S. dedicated to the climate crisis.

02/27/24
Contending with the climate crisis at scale requires a transformation of our public culture. The Climate Museum mobilizes the power of arts and cultural programming to accelerate this crucial shift toward climate dialogue and action,…
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KEY RESOURCES

Causes of climate change

04/22/24
Burning fossil fuels, cutting down forests and farming livestock are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth’s temperature.

Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2023

01/23/24
Estimated % of adults who think global warming is happening (nat'l avg. 72%), 2023

How to talk about climate with family

01/04/24
Here are a few tips for making small talk on a big issue.

Climate communication: 10 research-backed tips

09/25/23
Emphasize near-term health benefits of climate-change mitigation measures. For example: Everyone will breathe cleaner, healthier air as we transition away from fossil fuels.

The 97% consensus on global warming

05/18/23
What is consensus? In science, it's when the vast majority of specialists agree about a basic, well-established principle. Thus, astronomers agree that the Earth orbits around the Sun. Biologists accept that tadpoles hatch out from…

An A to Z Of Fossil Fuel Industry Deception

05/10/23
This year has brought new evidence of what major fossil fuel companies knew and when about the role their products play in climate change, as well as what they did in spite of what they…

F o s s i l Fuel Finance Report 2022

04/03/23
n a year that saw unprecedented attention to banks’ role in driving climate change, one of the most important developments flew largely under the radar: La Banque Postale — a major French bank with $901.7…

AR6 Synthesis Report Climate Change 2023

03/20/23
This Synthesis Report (SYR) of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) summarises the state of knowledge of climate change, its widespread impacts and risks, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, based on the peer-reviewed scientific,…

2022 Special Report: Trust and Climate Change

11/02/22
As climate fears worsen and government, business, and media are not trusted to do what is necessary to respond, our research shows there is a path forward to earn support and engagement with climate action.…

Climate Change 2021The Physical Science Basis Summary for Policymakers

08/02/22
This Summary for Policymakers (SPM) presents key findings of the Working Group I (WGI) contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)1

THE FUTURE OF CREATIVITY IS CLEAN.

02/21/22
The biggest part of any creative company’s carbon footprint is the work you do for your clients. One campaign for a fossil fuel client can undo all of an agency’s sustainability gains.

The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof

11/06/21
The science of climate change is more solid and widely agreed upon than you might think. But the scope of the topic, as well as rampant disinformation, can make it hard to separate fact from…

From Carbon Capture To Carbon Tax, A Guide To Climate Change Jargon Ahead Of COP26

10/27/21
With the UN climate conference COP26 on the horizon, headlines, taglines, and political speeches are about to be filled with acronyms and jargon.

Fossil Fuels Are Driving the Climate Crisis

08/09/21
Fossil Free Media strengthens the movement to end fossil fuels through creative communications. Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can support your work.

Disinformation Techniques: A Glossary

06/01/21
From war to cigarettes, guns to GMOs to global warming, there are really only a handful of techniques that have been deployed over the past 125 years or so to shape and control public opinion,…

OED and The Climate Connection: taking the temperature

05/27/21
The Climate Connection (#TheClimateConnection) is a new podcast series from the British Council which explores the relationship between the climate crisis and language education. In partnership with Oxford University Press, and featuring a selection of…

Understanding and countering misinformation about climate change

04/09/21
While there is overwhelming scientific agreement on climate change, the public have become polarized over fundamental questions such as human-caused global warming. Communication strategies to reduce polarization rarely address the underlying cause: ideologically-driven misinformation disseminated…

Debunking Handbook 2020

04/08/21
The Debunking Handbook 2020 summarises the current state of the science of misinformation and its debunking. It was written by a team of 22 prominent scholars of misinformation and its debunking, and it represents the…

Climate Insights 2020: Synthesis Report

03/21/21
The synthesis report of the Climate Insights 2020 survey, a joint effort to examine American attitudes on climate change by researchers at Stanford University, Resources for the Future, and ReconMR, provides insight into what Americans…

Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

02/10/21
The graph, updated daily, shows as individual points daily and hourly mean CO2 for the last 31 days. Daily average CO2 values are computed from selected hourly values that satisfy 'background' conditions, i.e. stability and…

Assessing ExxonMobil’s climate change communications (1977–2014)

10/01/20
This paper assesses whether ExxonMobil Corporation has in the past misled the general public about climate change.

Climate Change History

09/09/20
Climate change is the long-term alteration in Earth’s climate and weather patterns. It took nearly a century of research and data to convince the vast majority of the scientific community that human activity could alter…

Climate Feedback

04/20/20
Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage. Our goal is to help readers know which news to trust.

Katharine Hayhoe Encourages Conversations to Build a Climate of Hope

12/20/19
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe advises those feeling hopeless about climate change to think about who you are and what you value. Whether you are a parent, a churchgoer, a Rotary Club member or a birder,…

Talking climate handbook – how to have a climate change conversation

12/08/19
Having conversations about climate change in our daily lives plays a huge role in creating social change. We take our cues about what’s important from what we hear our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours talking…

Climate Central

11/19/19
Extreme Weather Videos

Course: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

05/17/19
Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial with this free online course.

Get The Facts Out on climate change and tell deniers to #GTFO

06/19/19
Climate deniers are still finding new and creative ways to stick their heads in the sand and follow the fossil fuel industry’s playbook by insisting that climate change isn’t happening, or that humans aren’t to…

Climate Disinformation Database

06/19/19
Welcome to the DeSmog Climate Disinformation Research Database where you can search and browse our extensive research on the individuals and organizations that have helped to delay and distract the public and our elected leaders…

The Psychology of Climate Change Communication

06/19/19
A Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public

Let’s Talk Climate: A How-To Guide

05/20/19
You know that the science on climate change is clear. But less than half of us talk about it with family and friends—and we can’t fix what we don’t talk about. Check out our how-to…

How to Understand and Talk About Climate Change – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

10/22/18
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently produced a report showing that the world needs to cut carbon pollution far more quickly than current rates to avoid severe consequences. But how can the global community…

Climate change science comeback strategies

07/26/18
Steering conversations with people adamantly resistant to accepting climate science. Here are four strategies, each from a distinctly different point of view, each penned by an expert, each useful in either a face-to-face conversation or…

How Big Oil Lost Control of Its Climate Misinformation Campaign

12/22/17
A campaign of climate misinformation has been running into America for decades now, largely funded by the fossil fuel industry. Now, the campaign has only become more extreme, and as some of its earliest leaders…

15 ways to powerfully communicate climate change solutions politics

05/05/15
Should campaigners be publishing in more local languages, or pushing for climate change to be taught at school? Our panel share their suggestions for the best ways to promote positive action.

12 tools for communicating climate change more effectively

07/06/15
12 Tools for Communicating Climate Change" from will help you take your first step to advance your communication skills.

How to Talk to a Science Denier Without Arguing

12/17/17
Scientific American also has a very helpful guide to engaging climate skeptics in productive discussion. They even came up with an acronym for the steps you should take: EGRIP.

Global Warming’s 6 Americas

11/01/16
This project from Yale Program on Climate Change Communication debunks a myth held pretty unanimously throughout the US: that people are either climate change believers or deniers. In fact, Americans can be grouped according to…

Global Warming and Climate Change Myths

06/24/16
A highlight of John Cook’s fabulous blog, Skeptical Science, this page lists out the most common myths that have been disseminated about climate change and global warming, along with the appropriate, science-based responses.

DeSmog Blog

07/26/18
DeSmog Blog has a disinformation database that tracks individuals and organizations spreading climate skepticism and tracks their funding sources and actions. They also provide reporting on new trends in misinformation efforts.

Skeptical Science

07/26/18
Skeptical Science provides informed responses to climate deniers’ myths. This is the best place to start improving your climate communication skills.

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

07/26/18
Yale’s Program on Climate Change Communication conducts and publishes research on effective approaches to communicating about climate change. They can answer important questions like: What kind of people listen to what kind of information? How…

Fossil Fueled Foolery: An Illustrated Primer on the Top 10 Manipulation Tactics of the Fossil Fuel Industry

04/01/19
The NAACP’s mission is to uphold and defend civil and human rights. Accordingly, we are duty-bound to confront corporations wielding power to manipulate systems and oppress communities to the detriment of the sustainability of the…

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Americans don’t hate living near solar and wind farms as much as you might think

By Allyson Chiu, Emily Guskin and Scott Clement   10/03/23  
As renewable energy becomes more widespread in the United States, large and bipartisan majorities of Americans say they wouldn’t mind fields of solar panels and wind turbines being built in their communities, according to a…
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‘Apocalyptic’ climate change language can make people ‘feel hopeless’, warns new UN climate science chief Jim Skea

By Victoria Seabrook   10/02/23  
Too much "apocalyptic language" on climate change risks undermining the fact humanity can still do plenty of things about it, according to the new British head of the UN's climate science body. Professor Jim Skea…
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After summer’s extreme weather, more Americans see climate change as a culprit, AP-NORC poll shows

By Tammy Webber and Linley Sanders   09/25/23  
Kathleen Maxwell has lived in Phoenix for more than 20 years, but this summer was the first time she felt fear, as daily high temperatures soared to 110 degrees or hotter and kept it up…
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Opinion: Yes, there was global warming in prehistoric times. But nothing in millions of years compares with what we see today

By Michael E. Mann   09/24/23  
“The climate is always changing!” So goes a popular refrain from climate deniers who continue to claim that there’s nothing special about this particular moment. There is no climate crisis, they say, because the Earth…
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Why ‘net zero’ still matters

By Katie Ryan   09/18/23  
There is no argument against the need to decarbonize our economy if we want an inhabitable planet. Yet the term "net zero" — shorthand for efforts to balance greenhouse emissions going into the atmosphere with…
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Climate Science Is under Attack in Classrooms

By Scott Waldman   09/12/23  
Political battles over climate change are increasingly being fought in the classroom. Conservative activists and politicians in states across the country are trying to limit or distort the teaching of climate science to schoolchildren, marking…
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What happened when a scientist denounced his own climate change research

By Shannon Osaka   09/11/23  
It started with a paper in one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world. Patrick T. Brown, who co-directs the climate and energy team at the Breakthrough Institute, a think tank, published a…
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Biden Says Climate Change Poses Greater Threat Than Nuclear War

By Jordan Fabian and Akayla Gardner   09/10/23  
President Joe Biden said the sole threat to humanity’s existence is climate change, and that not even nuclear conflict poses a similar danger. “The only existential threat humanity faces, even things more frightening than a…
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Experts Warn of ‘Denialism Comeback’ Ahead of November’s Global Climate Talks – Inside Climate News

By Kristoffer Tigue   09/08/23  
A “heat wave scam” is what one social media user called the record-high temperatures reported by European scientists late last month. In a separate post, another account referred to new policies aimed at reducing the…
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Factcheck: Scientists pour cold water on claims of ‘journal bias’ by author of wildfires study

By Robert McSweeney and others   09/08/23  
A researcher who claimed his wildfire study was only published in a prominent journal because he “left out the full truth” has faced widespread criticism from other scientists and the journal’s editor.
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An Interview With the Climate Scientist at the Center of a Scandal

By Robinson Meyer   09/08/23  
Patrick Brown is a climate scientist at the Breakthrough Institute, a heterodox think tank based in California that advocates for using technology and economic growth to manage climate change. He holds a Ph.D. from Duke…
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Our climate change debates are out of date

By Noah Smith   09/08/23  
Solar and batteries are going to win, and our thinking needs to adjust accordingly.
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Despite clear signals that Hurricane Idalia was influenced by climate change, less than 2% of TV news coverage made the link

By Allison Fisher   09/01/23  
Hurricane Idalia slammed into Florida's Gulf Coast on the morning of August 30 as a Category 3 storm with wind speeds of 125 miles per hour. Major print news outlets such as The Associated Press,…
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What We Know About Climate Change and Hurricanes

By Veronica Penney   08/29/23  
Hurricane Ida intensified overnight, becoming a Category 4 storm over the course of just a few hours. The rapid increase in strength raises questions about how much climate change is affecting hurricanes in the Atlantic…
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‘Off-the-charts records’: has humanity finally broken the climate?

By Damian Carrington, Nina Lakhani and Others   08/28/23  
The record-shattering heatwaves, wildfires and floods destroying lives in the US, Europe, India, China and beyond in 2023 have raised an alarming question: have humanity’s relentless carbon emissions finally pushed the climate crisis into a…
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How To Report Climate Change To A Sceptical Public

By Stephen Kamugasa   08/25/23  
Agricultural Journalist and broadcaster Anna Jones was unflinching. During our podcast interview, I asked her a question about ‘the meat debate’, vis-à-vis how it is presented to the public. Her response could have knocked me…
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As fires and floods rage, Facebook and Twitter are missing in action

By Will Oremus   08/24/23  
As wildfires ravage western Canada, Canadians can’t read the news about them on Facebook or Instagram. This month, Facebook parent company Meta blocked links to news organizations on its major social networks in Canada to…
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How Shell Used a ‘Granfluencer’ to Promote its Brand

By Dimitris Dimitriadis, Joey Grostern and Sam Bright   08/15/23  
A “granfluencer” known as “our Filipino grandma” is among an army of US-based influencers being used by fossil fuel giants to promote major polluters to younger audiences, DeSmog can reveal.
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Investing In America

08/15/23  
For decades, the U.S. exported jobs and imported products, while other countries surpassed us in critical sectors like infrastructure, clean energy, semiconductors, and biotechnology. Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda – including historic…
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What’s the Best Weapon Against Climate Change? Hope

By Dan Hurley   08/14/23  
Josh Spector got the message about climate change early on. At age six, he was already passionate about the need to meet humanity's existential challenge. In college, he majored in geographic data analysis at the…
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The Gas Industry Is Gaslighting New York

08/11/23  
The fossil oil and gas industry's massive relentless and worldwide campaign to stymie climate action targeting everyone from ordinary citizens to highest echelons of political and legislative powers
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Biden’s first climate czar, Gina McCarthy, is getting a big new gig

By Maxine Joselow   08/10/23  
Gina McCarthy, who served as President Biden’s first national climate adviser and led the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama, is joining the climate initiative America Is All In as managing co-chair, according to…
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Inside the PR Machine That Made Climate Denial Work

By Christine Driscoll and Akshat Rathi   08/10/23  
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Most Americans Disapprove of Biden’s Handling of Climate Change, Poll Shows

By Kristoffer Tigue   08/08/23  
President Joe Biden’s climate image remains a major political liability going into the 2024 election, new polling suggests, even as states begin to tap hundreds of billions of dollars made available for clean energy and…
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White House deploys its ‘best messenger’ to sell climate law

By Robin Bravender   08/08/23  
President Joe Biden is making a renewed push this week to sell his massive climate law to the public as new polling shows most Americans know little or nothing about it.
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Most disapprove of Biden’s handling of climate change, Post-UMD poll finds

By Tony Romm and Others   08/07/23  
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DeSantis’s Florida Approves Climate-Denial Videos in Schools

By Scott Waldman   08/07/23  
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GOP presidential candidates avoid discussing climate change on campaign trail

By Amna Nawaz and Saher Khan   08/04/23  
The 2024 Republican presidential campaign season is in full swing and candidates are stumping on a host of key issues. But one topic that’s missing from their agenda is climate change. Despite a summer of…
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Three-quarters of Republicans prioritize the economy over climate change

By Domenico Montanaro   08/03/23  
It's hot. And some apparently don't mind it that way. The latest heat wave is fueled by human-caused climate change from burning fossil fuels, but despite the settled science, the overwhelming evidence and the billions…
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Climate change is hitting close to home for nearly 2 out of 3 Americans, poll finds

By Bella Isaacs-Thomas   08/03/23  
At the end of the hottest month on record, which left millions in the United States sweltering under heat advisories, nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults say that climate change is noticeably affecting their local communities,…
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Why the climate movement doesn’t talk about polar bears anymore

By Kate Yoder   08/02/23  
At Alaska’s northernmost point, a bowhead whale carcass on the beach attracted a visitor: a massive polar bear.
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Climate group pushes Big Tech to exit nation’s largest business lobby

By David DiMolfetta   08/02/23  
ClimateVoice, a nonprofit which aims to use corporate climate goals to influence climate policymaking, launched a campaign Wednesday pushing tech companies including Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Meta to end their membership with the U.S. Chamber…
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This Atlanta duo has a theory to drive climate action: Make it cool

By Mike Munsell   08/02/23  
Picture this: You’re a young 20-something in Atlanta, and you get an invite to one of the hottest nightclubs in the city. A complimentary electric Uber brings you to the venue, where you bump into…
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The Far Right Has a ‘Battle Plan’ to Undo Climate Progress Should Trump Win in 2024

By Kristoffer Tigue   08/01/23  
Far-right conservative groups are promoting a sprawling “battle plan” to obstruct and undo the federal government’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis, with hopes of quickly enacting a series of sweeping changes if Donald Trump,…
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The world needs a new way to talk about heat

By Michael J. Coren   07/25/23  
Earlier this summer, officials from the U.N. weather agency admitted they’re still figuring out how to tell 8 billion people around the world what constitutes deadly heat.
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Messages about harms of fossil fuels increase support for renewables, with or without a moral emphasis

By Abel Gustafson and others   07/20/23  
We are pleased to share the findings of a new study, conducted in collaboration with the Center for Public Engagement with Science at the University of Cincinnati. This study examines the persuasive effects of moral…
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Who gets arrested for climate crimes?

By Emily Atkin and Arielle Samuelson   07/18/23  
One of the new talks we were most looking forward to was from Vietnamese climate activist Hoàng Thi Minh Hồng. It was supposed to be about the need for climate activism in politically hostile environments,…
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Phoenix Breaks Heat Record Set in 1974

By Jacey Fortin and Mary Beth Gahan   07/18/23  
On Tuesday, Phoenix reached a miserable milestone: It was the first time the city had measured 19 days in a row of 110-degree or more temperatures, busting a record set in 1974.
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GOP’s evolving but still evasive stand on global warming

By Scot Lehigh   07/18/23  
This is the summer when the manic madness of our probable future arrived in near biblical fashion around the world. Fires raged in tinder-dry Canadian forests, and smoke from them hung over American cities like…
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A letter from Earth: I’m giving you record temperatures and wild floods. TAKE A HINT!!

By Rex Huppke   07/18/23  
I know you all are busy driving SUVs on me and filling my oceans with plastics and whatnot, but could you take a quick moment and think: 'Hey, is Earth trying to tell us something?'…
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What this summer’s weather reveals about climate change

By Andrew Freedman   07/17/23  
Monitoring the planet's climate this summer can give one the impression that the climate system — which includes the oceans, atmosphere, ice sheets and more — has gone off the rails.
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Energy industry uses whale activists to aid anti-wind farm strategy, experts say

By Shanti Escalante-De Mattei   07/17/23  
One night in late March, J Timmons Roberts, a professor of environmental studies at Brown University, stepped in to a high school gymnasium in a small seaside town in Rhode Island. He was there to…
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Big oil quietly walks back on climate pledges as global heat records tumble

By Dharna Noor   07/16/23  
It was probably the Earth’s hottest week in history earlier this month, following the warmest June on record, and top scientists agree that the planet will get even hotter unless we phase out fossil fuels.
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Climate change isn’t a top issue for Democrats or Republicans. Record heat should change that.

By Clifford Young   07/15/23  
Extreme weather events are on the rise. States across the south-central and western U.S. are roasting. New York to New England is dealing with catastrophic floods. After years of drought, California went the opposite way…
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Mea Culpas Are Great, But Climate Leaders Need to Model Real Accountability

By Amy Westervelt   07/14/23  
This week, Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010-2016, key architect of the Paris Agreement, and longtime supporter of the idea that fossil fuel companies…
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‘Greenhushing’: Why some companies quietly hide their climate pledges

By Maxine Joselow   07/13/23  
Last spring, visitors to BlackRock’s webpage on sustainable investing saw a striking image of a building covered in bright green moss. Beneath it, the world’s largest asset manager boasted: “We are committed to supporting the…
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‘Things Don’t Always Change in a Nice, Gradual Way’

By Jacob Stern   07/13/23  
It’s getting hard to keep track of all the overlapping climate disasters. In Phoenix, Arizona, the temperature has broken 110 degrees for nearly two weeks running. The waters off the Florida coast are approaching hot-tub…
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When Climate Change Hits Home

By David Gelles   07/11/23  
Even if you’ve been paying attention to climate change, it can sometimes feel very far away, distant in both space and time. But on Sunday night, as I was writing my first edition of this…
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Oil companies are laughing while the world burns

By Arielle Samuelson and Emily Atkin   07/11/23  
Over the July 4th holiday, while Americans were firing up their barbecues and setting off fireworks, the world broke a new record. Earth had her three hottest days ever recorded since instrumental measurements began in…
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Meteorologist on receiving death threats over his climate crisis reports

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Some scientists believe that July 4th may have been one of the hottest days on Earth in 125,000 years, and we keep breaking these records. The earth’s average temperature set a new unofficial record on…
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