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The Exciting World of Climate Science

The Christian Science Monitor addresses what they call the “communications gap between scientists and the public,” in their article As Climate Change debate wages on, scientists turn to Hollywood for help yesterday.  One paragraph in the article caught my eye. Today’s climate story is often framed as a sober warning, not as an exciting adventure. […]

Talking to Children About Climate Change

I came across this essay in one of my favorite monthly magazines, Orion, a few years ago.  Rereading it today I was struck by how deeply I connected with it now that my own  children are reaching the “why?” age of life.  In the essay Sandra Steingraber, an accomplished environmental writer and ecologist, describes her […]

Challenges of Science Communication Featured on Podcast

Today’s podcast from Point of Inquiry features yesterday’s blog topic (pure coincidence of course!) on the importance of science communication and the challenges the professional science communicators face. Some important points from the podcast, which features an interview with Andrew Revkin, include : “We face science centered risks: climate and energy crises, biological and nuclear terror […]

The Importance of the “Translator” in Climate Science

“Recent changes in the seasonal timing of biological events have been linked to warmer temperatures.”, caught my eye on my twitter feed(@ClimateCentral) this morning. I thought it might lead to a good blog topic for the day discussing the observed changes in the arrival of spring over the last few decades. Birds arrive earlier, flowers […]

Multimedia In the Climate Change Classroom

As educators we know that the way to teach about any subject, is approaching it from different angles and using different methods. Climate science can be fairly complicated and using visualizations and hands on examples can help make the the greenhouse or albedo effect, sea level rise (see recent blog entry), or any climate related […]

Learning Opportunity in Media Coverage of Climate Change

At the end of last week the buzz in the climate change media coverage was about a new study that came out in Friday’s edition of Science .  Andrew Revkin breaks down the study well in his blog that day, but essentially the study states that methane gas is being released from Arctic sea beds.  […]

What does 1 m sea level rise mean?

The most recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change estimated that the global average sea level will rise between 0.6 and 2 feet (0.18 to 0.59 meters) in the next century (IPCC, 2007).  More recent reports estimate the possible rise of 1 meter by 2100. (see here full artlce)  These predictions are difficult […]

“Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant,..”

…or so it is written in a resolution passed in the South Dakota legistlature this week.  (full text of resolution)  This is just one of the resolutions and bills discussed in a New York Times article this morning that asserts that “critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation’s classrooms are gaining ground in […]

New Yale Survey Results Questions

A report entitled The Climate Generation; Survey Analysis of the Perceptions and Beliefs of Young Americans, was released today from the Yale Project on Climate Change. The report puts into question “… conventional wisdom [that] holds that young Americans, growing up in a world of ever more certain scientific evidence, increasing news attention, alarming entertainment […]

Educator Blog Debut

Welcome to Will Steger Foundation’s first blog focused on tools for educators and communicators of climate change! I hope that this blog will be able to act as resource to those of you in the field educating youth and adults on climate change.  Comments, article and resource suggestions are always appreciated and please let us […]