Glasgow’s hope at a critical moment in the climate battle

Susan Hassol & Michael Mann reflect on the final COP26 decision statement and write about how real progress, though insufficient, was made.

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 2021

Let’s emerge from Glasgow still in the fight

Susan Hassol and Michael Mann reflect on week 1 of COP26 We are making substantial progress, & it’s wholly insufficient to the scale of the climate crisis.

Boston Globe, Nov. 2021

Three Things We Must Do to Tackle Climate Change

Susan Hassol and Jerry Melillo write about what we must do to tackle climate change — phase out fossil fuels, deploy clean energy and protect the world’s forests.

Scientific American, Nov. 2021

America’s Next Great Migrations Are Driven by Climate Change

Susan Hassol and Parag Khanna write about climate migration and how the “climate niche” for habitability is shifting in America.

Scientific American, October 2021

IPCC Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis

This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change.


America in 2090: The Impact of Extreme Heat, in Maps

Susan Joy Hassol and Kristie Ebi write about how climate change is making extreme heat more deadly, with graphics by Yaryna Serkez of the NY Times.

The New York Times, July 2021

That Heat Dome? Yeah, It’s Climate Change.

Michael Mann and Susan Hassol write about the heat wave afflicting the Pacific Northwest and its climate connections.

The New York Times, June 2021

Climate Reporting Master Class

A free, online program designed to help journalists up their game in incorporating climate change into their reporting on every beat.

Now What? The data doesn’t speak for itself, you have to speak for it

A podcast with Susan Joy Hassol talking about why words and stories matter so much when telling the story of climate change.

ClimateXChange, May. 2019

Project Drawdown

Project Drawdown is a global research organization that identifies, reviews, and analyzes the most viable solutions to climate change, and shares these findings with the world.

Yale Climate Opinion Maps (2020)

These maps show how Americans’ climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support vary at the state, congressional district, metro area, and county levels.

New Quick Facts Reporting Resource: Wildfires and Climate Change


SciLine, a project of AAAS, connects journalists with expert sources and provides the latest science in plain language. SciLine hosts our “Quick Facts for Any Story” that summarize the links between extreme weather events and climate change.

New Quick Facts Reporting Resource: Hurricanes and Climate Change

New Quick Facts Reporting Resource: Heat Waves and Climate Change

New Quick Facts Reporting Source: Torrential Downpours, Flooding, and Climate Change

SciLine and Climate Communication released our initial installment of the ‘Quick Facts for Any Story’ series with its read more

IPCC Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5º C

This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report looks at the impacts of global warming of 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels.


Fourth National Climate Assesment Volume II

The Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II focuses on climate change impacts, risks, and adaptation in the United States.


Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume I

The Climate Science Special Report assesses the science of climate change and serves as the foundation to assess climate-related risks and inform decision-making.


Trump is Leading America Down a Carbon Dioxide Highway to Disaster

Michael E. Mann and Susan Joy Hassol reflect on the Trump Administration’s handling of climate change and the November 2018 National Climate Assessment.

Newsweek, November 28, 2018

What We Know About the Climate Change and Hurricane Connection

Michael Mann, Susan Hassol, and Thomas Peterson write about the science of hurricanes and climate change — what we know and how we know it.

Scientific American, Sept. 2017

How Climate Change is Making Hurricane Damage Worse

Michael Mann, Susan Hassol, and Thomas Peterson write about how global warming is making hurricanes like Harvey and Irma more destructive.
The Washington Post, Sept. 2017

2020: The Climate Turning Point

This report explains why and how heat-trapping gas emissions must begin declining rapidly by 2020 at the latest if the world is to avoid crossing the temperature thresholds agreed to in Paris.

Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health

12 medical societies summarize the threats climate change poses to our health through extreme weather, reduced air and water quality, increases in infectious and insect-borne diseases, etc.

Climate Trumps Everything

In the aftermath of the presidential election, Michael E. Mann and Susan Joy Hassol reflect on the election results in the context of climate change.

Scientific American, Nov. 2016 online, Feb. 2017 in print

UnNatural Disasters

Susan Joy Hassol and colleagues write about communicating the connections between extreme weather events and climate change.

World Meteorological Organisation, Bulletin, Nov. 2016

Resources for Journalists of the Carolinas

Climate Reporting Resources for NC and SC Journalists

Thank you for attending our September 13-14, 2019 workshop at UNC which introduced you to the read more

A conversation about climate hope

In this NASA blogpost, Susan Hassol discusses how to move past fear and despair over climate change and instead face it with courage, optimism, and integrity.

Laura Faye Tenenbaum, NASA Vital Links Blog, April 2016

Communicating the Science of Climate Change

This article addresses issues of language, framing, and other aspects of how scientists can be more effective in communicating climate change.

Richard Somerville & Susan Hassol, Physics Today, October 2011
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Improving How Scientists Communicate Climate Change

This article discusses some of the problems with how climate scientists communicate and offers practical suggestions for improvement.

Susan Hassol, Eos, March 2008
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Weather Underground Summary of Susan’s AGU talk

This post by Jeff Masters captures highlights of Susan’s talk at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting including top ten reasons for hope on climate change.

December 2015

Interview – Climate Communication: Science & Solutions

Following an MIT panel, Susan was interviewed for her thoughts on climate change, communication, and the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.

MIT Climate Change Conversation, May 2015

Featured Reports from Climate Communication

Reports on the connection between climate change and extreme weather events; produced by Climate Communication and reviewed by our Science Advisors.

ClimateTalk: Science and Solutions

Susan Hassol on how language and ideology contribute to stalling action on climate change – and how we can resolve these issues and unleash our ability to resolve the problem.

UMontana TEDx, February 2015

Climate Communication Videos

These videos, created by Climate Communication, animate and explain the science behind climate change, potential impacts, and what we can do going forward.

Forecast: A podcast interview with Susan Hassol

Nature magazine’s climate science editor, Michael White, interviews Susan on language and the art of climate communication for this hour-long podcast and short write-up.

Climate Change Workshop for Media Professionals

These videos show portions of a workshop for media professionals on climate change and its impacts in coastal North Carolina.

Beaufort NC, October 2015

Strong Science, Forceful Actions, Positive Outcomes

Richard Somerville’s April 2016 public talk at the UC San Diego Library about the science of climate change and why there is reason for hope.

2014 National Climate Assessment

This is the most comprehensive account to date of the effects of climate change on the US. For the first time the report is available on a state of the art, interactive website for viewers to explore.


On The Front Lines of Climate Change

In these videos, scientists and citizens from around the country personify the scientific information detailed in the 2014 National Climate Assessment.

Climate Stories NC

This video series captures the voices and experiences of North Carolinians whose lives have been affected by changes in the climate.

Skeptical Science

This website offers clear responses to all the typical contrarian arguments.

Climate Interactive

Climate Interactive develops simplified yet scientifically rigorous models that can help people see the climate impacts of various policy choices and emissions pathways.

The Solutions Project

This site lays out how we can accelerate the transition to 100% clean renewable energy. They’ve created renewable energy plans for all 50 U.S. states and many countries.

Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project

This global collaboration of energy research teams across 16 countries charts practical pathways to deeply reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Innovation

Through research and analysis, Energy Innovation seeks to accelerate progress on clean energy by identifying and supporting policies that most effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


This site provides a guide to teaching climate science, as well as scientifically and pedagogically reviewed digital resources (labs and activities for a range of students) for teaching about climate and energy.

The Four Big Questions of Global Warming

Bill Blakemore speaks with Science Director Richard Somerville on the four big questions of global warming.

ABC News, 2010

The Scientific Case for Urgent Action to Limit Climate Change

Richard Somerville gave the 4th Annual Charles David Keeling Memorial Lecture at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD.

March 11, 2013

What’s causing unusually hot temperatures in the U.S.?

Science Advisor Kevin Trenberth was interviewed by Judy Woodruff on Newshour. He spoke about recent extreme heat and its impacts, and the connection to climate change.

PBS, July 2012

Telling the Climate Change Story (Woods Hole)

Susan Hassol addressed framing, psychological and cultural issues, and questions involving language in this talk on climate communication.

Woods Hole Research Center & Marine Biological Lab, May 2012

Telling the Climate Change Story (U of Arizona)

As plenary speaker at EarthWeek 2012, Susan Hassol discussed the gap in public understanding of climate change, and how scientists can improve their communication.

University of Arizona, April 2012

2009 National Climate Assessment

This highly comprehensive and accessible report on the impacts of climate change in the U.S. finds that global warming is unequivocal, primarily human-induced, and its impacts are already apparent across our nation.

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Weather on Steroids

AtmosNews takes a lighthearted look at why some people call carbon dioxide (and the other greenhouse gases) the steroids of the climate system. NCAR scientist Gerald “Jerry” Meehl narrates this playful video.


Too Hot Not To Handle

Susan Hassol wrote this documentary, selecting stories and scientists to best convey the impacts of climate change on Americans and communicate the variety of solutions already underway to address the climate challenge.

HBO, 2006

Earth the Operator’s Manual

This series hosted by glaciologist Richard Alley includes three one-hour specials about climate change and sustainable energy. The website provides a great set of additional resources.

Impacts of a Warming Arctic

The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment is an evaluation of Arctic climate change and its impacts for the region and the world. This synthesis report makes the findings accessible to policy makers and the public.

Download 146 pages, 15.4MB

Real Climate

A commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public & journalists. The site aims to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary.

AAAS: What We Know

The What We Know Initiative aims to educate the public on climate change “Risk, Reality, and Response.” It includes a short report of main messages, and videos where experts discuss the facts of climate change.

NASA Climate Website

This award-winning site includes well-presented data, visualizations, and resources for children, educators, and students.

NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information

NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information is the world’s largest repository of climate data.

This NOAA climate website includes a variety of resources including a series of videos featuring Deke Arndt, Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

Climate Central

An independent organization of scientists and journalists who research and report on climate change and its impacts. Home to Climate Matters, localized climate reporting resources for journalists and weather casters.

EPA Student’s Guide to Climate Change

This site allows kids to explore the causes and impacts of climate change, along with ideas for solutions. Fun and interactive (videos, graphics, games), this is ideal for a younger audience.

Climate Insights 101

Geared to middle to high school students, these modules are teaching aids on the basics of climate science. There are modules of a couple of minutes, and longer ones of up to 20 minutes. Each is followed by an optional quiz.

Our Climate Our Future

An interactive video series by the Alliance for Climate Education, educating young people about the science of climate change and empowering them to take action.

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change

Quick, simple, clear answers to often-asked questions about climate change from the New York Times‘ environment reporter Justin Gillis.

November 2015

Climate Change, Irreversibility, Urgency

Richard Somerville argues that a failure to reduce CO2 emissions significantly within 10 years will have large adverse effects on the climate.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, August 2012

Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

Yale and George Mason work together to produce some of the most comprehensive reports on the American public’s perceptions of climate change including their “Six Americas” work.

George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication

Yale and George Mason work together to produce some of the most comprehensive reports on the American public’s perceptions of climate change including their “Six Americas” work.

NASA’s Climate Kids Page

A great resource for children and young students that includes information modules, interactives, and image galleries and activities teachers can utilize.

135 years of warming in 29 seconds

NASA produced this animation illustrating planetary warming from 1880 through 2015.


Getting the Picture

This interdisciplinary educational tool for teaching climate science is especially useful for middle and high school levels. It extends beyond physical science to incorporate history, economics, geography, art, and social studies.

Arctic Climate Feedbacks: Global Implications

This report assesses of the latest science on Arctic feedbacks and their implications beyond the Arctic. Edited by Susan Hassol and Martin Sommerkorn and written by an international team of scientists.

Download 100 pages, 11.4 MB

Just Another Faux Climate Controversy

Susan Hassol and Michael Mann discuss the latest faux climate controversy promoted by right wing tabloid press and politicians.

New Scientist, Feb. 2017

Communicating Climate Change

This interview by NASA JPL’s Sharon Ray provides an in-depth discussion of Susan Hassol’s ideas and motivations.

NASA JPL Center for Climate Sciences, May 2011

Young Voices For The Planet

This video series shows young people taking action in their communities on climate change and other environmental issues.

IPCC in Haiku

The entire IPCC report in 19 illustrated haiku: An oceanographer’s work of art that doubles as powerful talking points and a visual guide to the main messages of the 5th Assessment Report.

Scaling back our energy-hungry lifestyles means more of what matters, not less

This article discusses how scaling back carbon-intensive growth does not mean sacrificing quality of life, but rather enhances it.

Grist, 2007

Medical Metaphors for Climate Issues

In this essay, Richard Somerville discusses using metaphors that harness the language of medicine to effectively communicate climate issues.

Richard Somerville, Climatic Change, 2006