Climate change resources for figuring out the facts


Understanding climate change and environmental sciences is a huge task, it involves figuring out chemisty, social dynamics, biology, meterology, a whole bunch of other ‘oloies. But just because the topic is so large and complex, doesn't mean that finding resources to answer your questions should be. Inspired by this tweet from Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist who also happens to have her own youtube channel called Global Weirding, I thought I’d share my go-to climate change resources. T L D W? All the links are going to be down below. Okay, number one is NOAA's Climate at a Glance. It lets you plot how much the climate has changed over time in any area – I’d highly recommend checking out for where you specifically live.

And once you’re there check out the ‘societal influences’ tab which lists the indicators of climate change on society. I wouldn’t call it fun, but it is worth a good reminder that climate change doesn't just mean getting warmer. The climate.nasa home page is a agreat resources for figuring out what is going on in the global climate at any given time. It shows a rotating carousel with climate indicators like: the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, how much the global temperature has increased from 1880, the arctic ice minimum, land ice and sea level rise. And if you’re curious about how each one of those is important, they all expand and unfurl to reveal more information. And now some non-governmental ones, because well…. just in case. Columbia's Climate and Life Center, and beyond Columbia this is kind of a catch-all plug for any University's Earth Science or Climate Science webpages. Chances are if you lurk on it long enough you'll find student research or blog posts from professors or op-eds from other scientists or videos of recent field work.

Which can really help you inform what is going on in climate science research right now. If you really enjoy going in the weeds about environmental policy or the history of law, I have to recommend the Environmental Law Institute. It's a members-based group but a lot of it isn't behind the paywall. You can watch these seminars and read posts without having to pay anything. I'm really excited about their summer series this year which is going to break down the Clean Air and Water Acts as well as tackle a few other big moments in enviornmental law history. Climate Feedback dot org is really cool. I only became aware of it a little while ago, but I'm already, you know, a huge fan. It's a website that fact checks climate stories in the news and public discourse. This site is really neat actually. They mark up articles and give scientific feedback in a fairly easy to digest way.

And it isn't just dragging the sites that get it entirely wrong all the time. They also look at the sites that get it, mostly right or almost all the way right, but maybe they just over-represented a certain part of the study that we don't know as much about. It makes it really clear what we do know, what we don't know, what we're trying to figure out still and what your big take-aways should be. Which is great because it'll help you build an understanding of what scientists and researchers know and what they're still trying to figure out. It's really important to keep in mind when you're learning about climate science that we don't know everything and it is okay to question assumptions. Don’t take anything you read at face value. If you’re curious about something, do more research! See if you can email the person that wrote the thing or whoever they talked to and just ask a couple questions. You’ll end up with a more complete understanding of the topic than if you just read an article you pulled off twitter. Just wanted to get that out of the way, back to resources.

As for climate news, I subscribe to a bunch of newletters that get sent to my email everyday. My favorite of which is Morning Climate which is run by the MacArthur Foundation – It sends you a daily update of climate and environmental news, not just in the US but around the world, which I think is really fantastic. And once a week they send you a weekly roundup, in case you didn't have time to go through the entirety of the daily emails. For an everyday site to check, I like InsideClimate news. They tend to take a deep and significant look into climate news of the day more so than you’ll get find in other papers or blogs. If you’re more of a twitter person, I was going to make a twitter list for you all, but then I rembered that Eric Holthaus has a really good one, and David Roberts just made his own list of environmental journalists that all just happen to be women. We're moving a little further away from fact-based resources, but I want to talk about Podcasts.

I'm a little picky about podcasts. I've listened to a lot of environmental ones over the years. And I'm going to recommend 2.5 right now. I really enjoy Warm Regards, which yeah is on haitus right now but there's a huge back catalog and they promised to be back soon. It's a podcast between journalists and scientists and other guests about the state of the warming planet. It is pretty casual, while still having the reach to talk in-depth about some scientific issues as well as societal issues. They kinda spread the gamut between enviornmental psychology to paleobiology and everything in between. I don't know that those are necessarily two sides of a spectrum. They talk about a lot of stuff, but they make it all fit together. It's really great! And this new podcast called Terrestrial that I just started listening to, it is very story based, very npr-feely, i'm pretty sure it comes out of NPR's storylab. I've been enjoying it so far, it kind of takes a real, human look at the effects of climate change.

And additionally Climate One, which I think is also an in person event you can attend if you're somewhere in California. They also have a podcast stream and I definitely have it in my podcast app but I scroll through and look at the titles and I'll listen to a little bit of it. Because some of the panels are hit or miss, but some are really incredible and you can learn a lot. And that's about it for right now. there are tons and tons of environmental and climate resources out there, so I would love if you could share your go-tos. I'll be adding to the description as people share their favorites. Oh, and on another unrelated note, I’m going to be at VidCon this year. If you’ll also be at VidCon I’d love to see or meet you. Or say words to you in a kind of awkward but kind of fun way. Um.

.. It's really great to meeet the people behind the pixels and it brings me a lot of joy. I hope you enjoyed this video. Thanks so much for watching! Bye.