Weather Underground posts summary of Susan’s AGU talk

At the 2015 annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Director Susan Hassol delivered an invited talk entitled “Barrier Busting: Leapfrogging Zombie Science Arguments to Get to Solutions.” This talk, which delved into ways to balance the threat of climate change with the opportunities available to combat it, was featured by Weather Underground Founder Jeff Masters on the Wunderground blog. His summary can be found here, including a list of top ten reasons for hope on climate change.

From the talk abstract:

“Climate literacy certainly requires a basic understanding of the causes and impacts of climate change, and this has motivated our community to focus on ever better ways to communicate this knowledge. This has been very worthwhile. But continuing to dwell on refuting climate myths that seem impossible to put to rest has often kept us mired in the framing of those who reject the science and seek to stall action. Moving past misconceptions and barriers may require added emphasis on responses to climate change. Research focused on the American public has revealed a broader acceptance of the reality of climate change than many people think. In particular, there is broad support for solutions, such as clean energy, even among those who say they do not accept that human activity is the primary driver of climate change. This presents an opportunity to open a side door to understanding that avoids unproductive confrontation with ideological barriers. Research is also revealing effective models for behavioral change that tap into social norms. Leapfrogging basic science arguments and going straight to solutions that most agree on can help us clear some of the barriers to understanding and the hurdles to action.”

In this Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, photo, the Eiffel Tower lights up with the slogan"Action Now"referring to the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. The carbon footprint for the COP21 conference runs to thousands of tons, for the some 40,000 people, including heads of state, negotiators, activists and journalists, in Paris to hash out a ground-breaking international agreement to put a brake on global warming. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

In this Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, photo, the Eiffel Tower lights up with the slogan “Action Now” referring to the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.  (AP Photo/Michel Euler)