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Science and Belief - Neil DeGrasse Tyson on climate change denial

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Climate Change, Science and Belief

Astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil DeGrasse Tyson is arguably one of the most popular and high-profile scientists on the scene today. Echoing his mentor Carl Sagan, Tyson has long advocated for a more science literate society, warning of the implications of confusing science with belief. His passion for science and earnest wonderment of the cosmos makes him…

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Understanding past climate and natural climate variability is the key to understanding current climate change

Video: Dr. Maureen Raymo – A Symphony in the Climate System

Dr. Maureen Raymo is a geologist and climate scientist at the Columbia University Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Dr. Raymo has spent her career studying natural climate variability. The first woman to receive the¬†acclaimed Wollaston Award, she seeks to understand how and why climate changes naturally, on timescales of hundreds of millions of years to thousands of years. In this short…

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Connectedness and happiness are two of the five key psychological elements to a new climate change narrative

Forging a New Climate Change Narrative: Addressing 5 Psychological Realities

A new narrative that is designed to encourage action to combat climate change must acknowledge the abstract nature of global warming. First and foremost we need to address the fact that people are not rational actors. Perhaps the most cogent approach to managing the Herculean task of communicating with an inherently irrational public is to focus on a narrative that…

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To overcome the obstacles to climate change action we need to see past our tendency to selfishness and embrace our ability for altruism

How New Narratives can Help us to Overcome Obstacles to Climate Change Action

By incorporating some basic issues into a new climate narrative, we can begin to move forward. There are a plethora of reasons why our current narratives prevent us from acting on climate change, not the least of which is the fact that we spend far too much time debating the veracity of the science rather than tackling important¬† policy issues….

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Facts and figures about climate will not change people's hearts

Why We Need a New Climate Change Narrative

We need new narratives to combat the pervasive popular and political inertia. Our old narratives are not working and may even lead to apathy and indifference. Despite the scientific consensus about anthropogenic climate change we are not moving fast enough to change our perilous course. According to a 2013 Pew survey, only 69 percent of those surveyed accept the view…

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Seeing Over the Horizon: Sharp Rise in Ocean Temperatures in 2013

What the recently stalled polar vortex over much of the eastern half of the United States makes clear is that we humans are, by nature, not well equipped to think globally. At least not when it comes to their physical surroundings. After all, cold is cold. So, for instance, if there is two inches of snow outside my Atlanta home…

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California's first year of its cap-and-trade program is a success

2013 A Promising Start for California’s Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program

The value of carbon emissions allowances on California’s pioneering Cap-and-Trade Program totaled over $1 billion in its first full year of operations and brought in close to half-a-billion in revenues for the state treasury.