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 scientists have determined that climate change is real and humans are primarily responsible. That number was first published by John Cook in 2013, and consistently referenced since then.  The consensus, however, grew to 99.9% recently when, in October, 2021, a new survey of 88,125 climate- related studies was published by Cornell.

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

KEY RESOURCES

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10/27/21
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08/09/21
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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…

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

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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,…

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

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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

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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

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

Let’s Talk Climate: A How-To Guide

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Course: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

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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.

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

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

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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…

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.

Climate change science comeback strategies

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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…

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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

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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…

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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.

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

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By The Times Editorial Board  Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press   07/29/22  
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June 2022 Temperature Update & The Bigger Picture

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When Extreme Weather Reigns, Disinformation Pours

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More than half of Americans say they’ve personally felt the impacts of climate change, poll finds

By Gianna Melillo  Photo: Seth Perlman, The Associated Press   07/28/22  
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By Mira Rojanasakul and Catrin Einhorn  Photo: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication   07/19/22  
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Here’s a secret about your neighbors

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Heat Waves Around the World Push People and Nations ‘to the Edge’

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Large, simultaneous heat waves are growing more common. China, America, Europe and India have all been stricken recently, and scientists are starting to understand why certain far-flung places get hit at once.

‘The biggest uncertainty is us.’

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Science coverage of climate change can change minds – briefly

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Climate change is forcing schools to close early for ‘heat days’

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What Vaccine Apartheid Portends for the Climate Future

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The climate scientists are not alright

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Climate Misinformation on Social Media Is Undermining Climate Action

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As Earth’s temperature rises, Massachusetts residents’ sense of urgency on climate change declines

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Pinterest takes a stand on climate misinformation

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Misinformation is derailing renewable energy projects

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Oil and Gas Industry Heavily Outspends Clean Energy and Environmental Groups on Lobbying in California

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Climate change is at a ‘political tipping point’ – Al Gore on the Radio Davos podcast

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Editorial: U.N. finally calls out misinformation blocking climate action

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Americans Largely Favor U.S. Taking Steps To Become Carbon Neutral by 2050

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We’re No More Serious about the Climate Crisis Than We Were before the Pandemic

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