Climate Messaging

Graying Green: The paradox of climate communication for an aging world. MIck Snyder

Dr. Mick Smyer is the former Provost and a current Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University, a post he has held since 2008. A national expert, Smyer has written and lectured extensively on aging. In addition to holding leadership roles in national organizations on aging, Mick has also consulted with Fortune 500 companies, state and national legislative leaders, and higher education organizations on the impacts of aging.  

Mick also has experience in translating issues of aging for larger audiences, including appearances on PBS, NPR, and other media outlets.

Panel on the Papal Encyclical. Sir Peter Crane, John Grim, Douglas Kysar and others

Yale’s Forum on Ecology and Religion, a unique partnership on theology and ecology between the Yale School of Divinity and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, hosts a panel to discuss Pope Francis’s eagerly awaited encyclical, anticipated to call the world’s 1.2BB catholics to action on climate change in anticipation of the UNFCC meeting in Paris December 2015. 

Political Ideology Trumps First-hand Experience on Climate Change

While attributing specific extreme weather events to anthropogenic climate change is always subject to challenge, assertions that climate change has already increased the occurrence of such phenomena is harder to deny. Indeed, extreme weather events such as the 2003 European heat wave, 2010 Russian heat wave, 2012 Superstorm Sandy in the US, or the 2013-14 southward shifts of the North Polar Vortex are consistent with predictions of climate change impacts (McCright et al. 2014). Social scientists increasingly ask to what extent does the general public link…

Semantics "Very Likely" a Problem in IPCC Communications

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading international organization for assembling and disseminating information about climate change, apparently has a language problem.  Authors of a recent study found that lay people around the world frequently misinterpret IPCC terminology that describes the probability of future climate change.  The IPCC uses probability statements with associated…

Climate Change: Does Experience Shape Beliefs? Or Is It Vice Versa?

People’s views on climate change, whether believers or deniers, can be strongly entrenched and fiercely defended. But how do people’s views on climate change develop in the first place? Does personal experience with potentially climate change-related events (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts) shape people’s views on climate change (“experiential learning”), or do prior beliefs inform people’s interpretations of such events (“motivated reasoning”)? This intriguing chicken-or-egg question has recently been investigated in a paper by Myers and colleagues.

Ending This Climate Madness

By Alisa Zomer

Even before the climate negotiations began this week, Typhoon Haiyan sent a message to the world – a message that is still making waves. The strength and trajectory of Typhoon Haiyan was unprecedented, even for the Philippines, an island nation that experiences more disasters than most. In response, the lead Filipino negotiator declared a fast for the duration of the climate negotiations until progress has been made to “stop this madness.”

YCEI COP 19 Fellow Diana Madson Holding "Ask Me Anything" Session on Reddit, Live From Warsaw Friday @ Noon

Interested in the basics of fossil fuel divestment? Its moral and financial implications? Its relevance to a global deal? Join DivestCOP Reddit Ask Me Anything starting at 12pm EST.

We are DivestCOP working to bring the fossil fuel divestment movement to the international community at COP19 - AMA


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