Talking Weather and Climate
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Taking about the weather is a favorite pastime, but as things get weirder—heat waves, wildfires, tornadoes, droughts, floods—many folks are talking about the weather with mystification and even dread. According to climate models, extreme weather will become more frequent or ferocious as the atmosphere continues to warm—and we’re already seeing these impacts.
In this blog series, Communications Strategist Anna Fahey examines how scientists, public figures, and journalists are beginning to link weather and climate, and shares messaging recommendations for how to talk about the connections.
Posts on Talking Weather and Climate
Survey says: Americans increasingly see weird weather as linked to climate change.
Americans see more and more weird weather---and link it to climate change.
Media Matters finds only 3 percent of wildfire news mentioned climate change.
Four expert responses to the wildfires' climate context.
Weathercasters are trusted interpreters but lag behind on climate science.
72 percent of independents acknowledge solid evidence of global warming.
Rule #2: Start with the basics. Do not skip this step!
Survey finds majorities of Americans understand global warming made extreme weather worse.
A look at American Latino voters' attitudes on climate, energy, and the environment.
Americans' so-called "belief" in climate change rebounds after extreme weather year.