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Psycho

Climate Control Moon Shot: Do We Have the Technology Already?

By Abrupt changes, Climate Policy, Climate Reform, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, economics, Negative emissions, Policy, Psycho, Solutions, Strategy

We have entered the non-linearly increasing phase of climate change impacts. This is pretty much standard climate science that climate scientists said we would endure if we delayed action. Could they have imagined that we would delay for 20 years? What would they have said 20 years ago about what we should expect if the had…

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A Generation of Delay: Climate Policy Is 20 Years Behind

By Abrupt changes, aerosols, alternatives, Climate Policy, CO2 Removal and Sequestration, Deniers and Delayers, global cooling pollutants, in-depth and Popular Press, Negative emissions, Policy, Psycho, short-term, Solutions

First Published on Truthout, December 4, 2015 The perceived debate on climate change has discredited traditional climate science communications to such an extent that we are just now implementing policies developed during the Kyoto Protocol era that began in 1992. New climate science knowledge is simply not making it out of academia and into public…

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Merchants of Doubt Premieres in Austin: Melton to talk about $900 million annual climate change counter-movement

By Deniers and Delayers, Messaging, Psycho

(See more on the Drexel/Stanford research on the climate change counter-movement here.) Merchants of Doubt, A film by Sony Pictures and Robert KennerAustin Premiere and Lecture by Bruce Melton PE Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the…

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Citizens, Energy Scientists, and Policy Advisors Beliefs About Global Warming

By Climate Policy, communications, Deniers and Delayers, Messaging, politics, Psycho

Bolsen, Druckman and Cook have summarized the emerging discipline of global warming psychology rather well with this paper. Scientists and policy makers are more likely to believe than the public and more likely to believe that warming is caused by man. There is political influence in what liberals and conservatives believe about the existence of…

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Yale Climate Communications Polling great visuals

By Psycho

A new interactive website from Yale Climate Communications is up and it is very cool. And very scary too as the inset image shows. Only 63 percent of poll respondents believe climate change is happening and only 48 percent believe it is caused by man. Yale Project on Climate Communication Opinion Maps: http://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/

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Climate Change Outreach: Sensible and Logical

By Psycho

(Author’s note: Although this report focuses on the 18 to 25 year age bracket, these things appear to include communications techniques that are ageless.) From the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science we have a new detailed look at young people and climate…

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Yale Study: 65% of Republicans Support Carbon Regs

By Climate Policy, politics, Psycho

The Yale Project on Climate Communication brings us work that shows us climate regulations are far behind. A very significant majority of republicans support. This study also looked at Conservative Catholics vs. Conservative non-Catholics. Overall, 65 percent of Republicans support policies to reduce global warming. Breaking down Catholics, 71 percent of Catholic Republicans and 64…

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Maximizing Climate Change Outreach Post Extreme Weather

By Extreme Weather, Messaging, Psycho

This study uses 1,008 survey participants to evaluate where extra effort should be applied to leverage  increasing awareness in climate issues after extreme weather events. Extreme weather has already increased because of warming in some circumstances (including cold weather extremes) and experiencing extreme weather increases climate change awareness of individuals. This work suggest using extreme…

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My Experience with Climate Change Virtue Ethics

By communications, Deniers and Delayers, politics, Psycho, Uncategorized

Itzcuauhtli (Eat-Squat-Lee) is an 11 year old indigenous eco hip-hop activist who went on a 45 day silence strike to draw awareness to climate change. http://www.climatesilencenow.org/ This child’s action is extraordinarily selfless and I have something important to relate that is highly relevant. One of my climate science colleagues and I were talking about how…

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Why Climate Science Communication is so Poor and Next Steps

By communications, Policy, Psycho, Solutions, What we can do

The new discipline of global warming psychology tells that clear and concise communications of climate science can no longer provide the public knowledge needed to advance climate pollution policy. In 2013 alone, 13,000 papers were published about “global climate change” or closely related topics. How scientists interact with the public however has changed very little,…

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Society’s Grand Challenge: Global Climate Change (American Psychological Society)

By communications, Messaging, Psycho, Solutions

A 30 page booklet by the American Psychological Association that helps us understand how behavior is ultimately responsible for this climate pollution mess we are in. Whether it is from $7 billion in climate change counter-movement funding (link) or sheer laziness, the results are the same. This booklet can give insights into why it is…

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Calling all earthlings: Climate change communications may as well be from aliens, by Bruce Melton

By communications, in-depth and Popular Press, Messaging, Psycho, Solutions

Relative to most of the 20th century, Austin’s January highs and lows were not 2.9 and 1.4 degrees above normal, but 9.9 and 10.4 degrees above normal! (First published on The Rag Blog, April 25, 2013. http://theragblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/bruce-melton-calling-all-earthlings.html ) AUSTIN — Average temperatures have risen rapidly at the Austin reporting station since the turn of the…

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Report Says Climate Change Inaction is the Fault of Environmental Groups

By Psycho

This report says: “Environmental groups overlooked growing opposition to environmental protections among conservatives voters and, underestimated the rising force of the Tea Party, believing – wrongly, as it turned out – they could still somehow win over Republican members of Congress through insider grand bargaining.” It goes on to let Obama off the hook and…

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Texas’ Climate Change Awareness Explodes: from 57% to 71%

By Psycho

In an announcement of its latest Energy Poll results, the University of Texas Business School said that the increased agreement that climate change is happening was most notable in a group of Southern states, including Texas. The report states: This increase occurred across all political parties (Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and independent voters) with the greatest…

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The Climate Awareness Drought is Over: Time to Change the Tone

By Deniers and Delayers, in-depth and Popular Press, Myths, Policy, Psycho, Uncategorized

The shift in awareness is very encouraging and seems quite likely to be more or less permanent because the number of unprecedented weather events will very likely continue to increase. First published on the Rag Blog Part 1 of a three part series: Part 1: The Climate Awareness Drought is Over: Time to Change the Tone…

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