You don’t have to have a Ph.D. to be reasonably fluent on the climate crisis. Here are several reliable resources to follow and share with others. Most if not all of these news outlets have robust websites, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook news feeds. Some offer free subscription newsletters and podcasts. Suggestions below include interactive maps, e.g., “How Much Hotter is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?”; and ready-for-primetime data: excellent tools for giving effective presentations and sparking a discussion.
Check them out! For ease of use, this list is organized alphabetically. This means that one of our favorites, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, is a scroll down the page.
Subscribe, and you’ll know the energy-biz news before everyone else does. Ben Geman and Amy Harder are the stars here; cf. Harder’s “Energy and climate glossary for Trump (and everyone)”. Axios has other newsletters, see them all here. Also recommended: Andrew Freedman’s Science.
Receive a daily or weekly brief of top climate reporting. Led by Leo Hickman, Carbon Brief is a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy: “We specialise in clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response.”
Essential for people in business, investors, policy makers, and the rest of us who want to understand — and become active in — progress on global sustainability. “Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres tackles the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.” Follow @ceresnews.
climate central | climate matters
Subscribe to Climate Matters weekly Wednesday updates, and you join 700+ TV meteorologists who receive camera-ready content that’s utterly relevant, often seasonal, often customizable by location — and thoroughly referenced. Climate Central is the team of experts that produces this invaluable resource and more, such as a new interactive wind and solar forecasting tool; and a robust component about sea-level rise. More at https://www.climatecentral.org/.
Nexus Hot News is a morning shot of global climate impacts, innovation, market activity, analysis, and news. Subscribe here. Categories include Top Stories and Denier Round-Up. Follow @ClimateNexus on Twitter and Instagram. Its offspring @ClimateSignals, is currently in beta: http://www.climatesignals.org
The Environmental Defense Fund is a top organization that works with business, scientists, and activists to make change happen. Their EDF Biz newsletter has info on companies leading the way on decarbonization — and those who should be doing more. Between the newsletter and EDF’s podcast, you’ll know about sustainability leadership from Starbucks, AT&T, Kickstarter, Allbirds, McDonalds, Mars, Amazon, Disney, with more produced regularly. Follow on Twitter @EDFBiz, and check out EDF’s stellar grassroots group, Mom’s Clean Air Force.
GMU’s center engages in three broad activities: “we conduct unbiased communication research; we help government agencies, civic organizations, professional associations, and companies apply social science research to improve their public engagement initiatives; and we train students and professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve public engagement with climate change.” Several important partnerships accelerate the climate conversation. Founding Director Ed Maibach is a key proponent of the five important facts to know about Climate Change.
If you’d like to focus on Transportation, Technologies & Trends, Energy, and the new Circular Economy,. now you can via Green Biz’s slate of newsletters. Targeted for business leaders, useful for just about anyone. Subscribe here.
“A Pulitzer Prize-winning, non-profit, non-partisan news organization dedicated to covering climate change, energy and the environment.” Michael Northrop directs the Sustainable Development grantmaking program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York City, where he focuses on energy and climate change. He provided the seed grant that got InsideClimate News started in 2007.
“You can’t solve a problem by ignoring it.” Editor-in-Chief Katrina van den Heuvel has published the likes of Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Chris Hayes, Mark Hertsgaard over decades of long-form coverage; now she and Columbia Journalism Review Editor Kyle Pope launch a collaborative mainstream-media movement for commercial climate change coverage. More in “Covering Climate Change in a 1.5° World.” #CoveringClimateNow
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…our response to climate change … consists, largely, of steps yet to be taken, technologies yet to be developed, and laws yet to be passed. The gulf between what we need to do and what we are actually doing widened further this past week with the newest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It tells, Carolyn Kormann writes, a “nightmarish tale,” showing that the effects of climate change will likely arrive sooner, and be worse, than expected.” David Remnick, Editor in Chief, The New Yorker, October 14, 2018.
Follow @NYTClimate for the latest news, much of it in dazzling digital format, with interactive features like “How Much Hotter is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?,” “Why Half a Degree of Global Warming is a Big Deal,” and helpful primers such as “Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions,” and “Nine Key Questions About the Green New Deal.” Subscribe to the Climate: Fwd newsletter.
And don’t miss one-off sparks of innovation, e.g. Editor Hannah Fairfield’s insider recap of a collaboration between the Climate desk and the NYTFood team: “Every time I bought groceries I wondered what the best choice was from an environmental perspective: Should I buy greens in a plastic bag or a plastic tub? Was canned tuna bad? Was salmon bad? Beef was probably bad — but what about beef from the farmers’ market?”
Drawdown is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis.
“We gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global greenhouse gas emissions within thirty years. The research revealed that humanity has the means and techniques at hand. Nothing new needs to be invented, yet many more solutions are coming due to purposeful human ingenuity. The solutions we modeled are in place and in action. Humanity’s task is to accelerate the knowledge and growth of what is possible as soon as possible.”
Rolling Stone? We’ve been subscribing for years, because tucked into each and every issue of RS is at least one stunning piece of climate reporting. Find Bill McKibben, Barack Obama, Jeff Goodell, and AOC here — sometimes before the rest of the world does.
Photo: Members of the Sunrise Movement, Brooklyn, April 2019. From left: Aracely Jiminez-Hudis, Morissa Zuckerman, Victoria Fernandez, Howie Stanger, Sara Blazevic and Nicole Catania.
Photo: Caroline Tompkins for Rolling Stone
YALE ENVIRONMENT 360
Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting, and debate on global environmental issues. We feature original articles by scientists, journalists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, and business people, as well as multimedia content and a daily digest of major environmental news.
Yale Environment 360 is published at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. We receive funding from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation.
Yale Program ON CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION
Anthony Leiserowitz and his team conduct exhaustive surveys of US public opinion and feed it to you in accessible language — and stunning interactive maps. You’ll see this data quoted everywhere. Follow their well-designed messaging via Twitter @YaleClimateComm and Instagram @climate.change.communication; subscribe to the daily weekly digest; listen to daily 90-second radio show, Yale Climate Connections. Personal favorite: Climate Notes.
Also, check out Yale Environment 360.