Resources

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

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

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
Download 6 pages, 1.5Mb

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.

Teaching the National Climate Assessment

This page summarizes key points of the National Climate Assessment and suggests ways that educators might use it to talk about the human impacts of climate change that are affecting Americans now.

 

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.

2014

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.

C.L.E.A.N.

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.

2009
Download 196 pages, 13.7MB

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.

UCAR

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.

Climate Progress

Edited by Joe Romm, Climate Progress covers climate science, solutions, and politics. It has been called “the indispensable blog” and one of Time’s 25 “Best Blogs of 2010.”

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.

2004
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.

climate.gov

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.

EPA Global Climate Change Website

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.

IPCC Frequently Asked Questions

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change included these FAQs in an effort to make the basics of climate science more accessible to non-scientists. Susan Hassol worked with the authors to edit this piece.

2007
Download 34 pages, 8.8MB

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
Download 2 pages, 83KB

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. 

127 years of warming in 26 seconds

NASA produced this animation illustrating planetary warming from 1884 through 2011.

NASA

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.

2009
Download 100 pages, 11.4 MB

Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate

As one of its series of 21 synthesis and assessment reports, the U.S. Climate Change Science Program published a report in June 2008 on Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate.

2008
Download 180 pages, 9.4 MB

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.

Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something!

This series by Communitopia uses short videos to discuss aspects of climate change science and solutions, incorporating news, humor, and easy actions for viewers to take.

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