With all the information — and, frankly, the misinformation — out there about our changing climate, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Even for CI’s experts in climate science, policy, economics and business, it can be a challenge to keep up with emerging science, policy developments, solutions and more. So what do we read to stay informed?
As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting continues this week in Cancun, we’ve compiled a quick list of six great resources for climate change information.
Science and Data
Science is always evolving, and we make important advances in our understanding of the dynamics of climate change every day. It’s critically important to stay on top of the most recent findings and to have access to the most accurate data about climate change trends and impacts – and to what those working on the science have to say about it:
1. IPCC’s Assessment Reports: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publishes the ultimate global compendium of climate research and analysis available. Each assessment report draws on thousands of existing peer-reviewed publications and is itself peer-reviewed by hundreds of the world’s leading climate scientists and experts in other fields. With each working group’s contribution weighing in at hundreds of pages, this is the most comprehensive resource for understanding the physical science of climate change, as well as impacts, and mitigation options. The frequently asked questions are a good place to start.
2. Nature Climate Change: This is a leading monthly academic journal that publishes original research related to climate change. It is an excellent source for emerging science and analysis.
3. RealClimate: This is a commentary website run by working climate scientists. The team at RealClimate attempts to provide a quick and accurate response to emerging science, policy, economics, and news in clear terms that make sense to the public and journalists.
Interpretation and Commentary
Climate change is a politically charged and controversial topic; its technical, scientific, economic and political aspects are extraordinarily complex and involve interconnections among many disciplines. Sometimes interpretation is helpful to illuminate why a new study is important or what the ramifications of a change in global policy may mean.
4. How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic (Grist): Skepticism is healthy and science only improves when we rigorously question and examine even the longest-held scientific “truths”. However, most of the arguments commonly cited by climate change “skeptics” have already been (and continue to be) rigorously examined and refuted. This series of articles is a great resource that confronts each of these common arguments, provides the best and most current scientific information, and provides links to more detailed study.
5. Climate Progress: A project of the Center for American Progress, Joe Romm’s Climate Progress blog is dubbed “an insider’s view of climate science, policy, and solutions.” Romm is fiercely progressive and holds nothing back in his take on emerging science, policy, politics, solutions, debate and roadblocks in the U.S.’s response to climate change.
6. Dot Earth: On this New York Times blog, writer Andrew Revkin examines the challenges — and potential solutions — of balancing development with environmental threats like climate change.