Dan Kahan, director of Yale’s Cultural Cognition Project, challenges us to question why we believe what we believe. In a world that overwhelms us with information, he says, complex topics compel us to rely on experts for opinions in areas where we have….
Communicating on Climate Change
Climate change will alter myriad natural processes as precipitation patterns shift and oceanic and atmospheric temperatures and CO2 concentrations rise. Modern ecology and environmental science has already examined the potential effects of climate change on species and ecosystems, allowing us to elucidate the mechanisms and pathways through which it may operate (Tylianakis et al. 2008)…
Psychologists have known for years that people’s assessments of the risks of climate change are strongly influenced by intense local weather and short-term temperature variability. A new study by Zaval and colleagues identifies the psychological processes that underlie such skewed assessments which are inconsistent with the long-term nature of climate change.
For forty years, Royal Dutch Shell has committed significant intellectual resources to forecasting the future. Multiple futures, in the form of alternative scenarios presented as if each had an equal chance to unfold as time reels forward. They are…
Tony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, discusses how “Six Americas” hear, interpret and respond to different messaging on climate change, and how health-related impacts de-politicize the discussion.
Solving the world’s climate crisis requires collective action. Ideally, all nations would invest equally in new technologies and reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. In reality, some willingly commit resources to abate climate change while others take a free ride. Research published in Nature Climate Change attempts …
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.
Tony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications, moderates a panel discussion with all participants at the YCEI-sponsored town hall meeting on climate change in New England which explored how global warming will affect New England in the 21st century and how the region is preparing for the coming changes.
Senator Chris Murphy, recently returned from tense discussions regarding crisis in the Middle East, suggests to the audience that the turmoil there was triggered by an unprecedented drought which is likely a consequence of climate change. His keynote presentation was part of a Town Hall Meeting entitled, “Climate Change in New England: What’s Next?” which explored how global warming will affect New England in the 21st century and how the region is preparing for the coming changes.
“Stand up if you live in a city. Stay standing and I want you to hold this image of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in your mind. Now, imagine that the early warning sirens go off. When you hear the sirens, what do you do? How do you know what to do, where to go?”