EXTREME WEATHER MESSAGING RESOURCES

As extreme weather events become more frequent, these resources discuss strategies for increasing public awareness of potentially harmful climate impacts.

 

 

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A tip sheet with "message bytes" that can be used to communicate about climate impacts that commonly occur in spring, summer, winter and fall.

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Insights on how to connect the dots between extreme summer weather events and wider climate trends.

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A report that looks at bushfires in Australia and how to better incorporate climate adaptation with responses to extreme weather disasters to build community resiliency. 

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An overview of the mental health risks from climate change fueled extreme weather events and the proactive steps governments and organizations can take to prepare for them. 

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An infographic that illustrates how rising temperatures are increasing wildfire risk throughout the Western United States.

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This is a global climate ‘state of the union’ that looks at the climate trends for the last decade and compares them to historical averages, finding that the last decade was one of increasing extreme events.

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A study by Media Matters discovers that most media coverage of wildfires continues to miss the climate connection.

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A national survey from Yale and George Mason University explores public opinion on the relationship between extreme weather and climate change, with a focus on the role of how personal experience with severe events influences perception.

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National surveys conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College before and after Superstorm Sandy explore how personal experiences of weather events affect public perceptions of global warming.

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A quick guide to 2012’s extreme weather records, including oppressive heat waves, precipitation, droughts, wildfires and storms, as well as the cost of these climate-related disasters.

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A report that provides an analysis of precipitation records over the last six decades, as well as policy recommendations to reduce the pollution that causes global warming and protect communities from more frequent and intense precipitation events.

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Academic journal article proposing a public health approach to climate change, based on essential public health services, and offering public health actions to address climate change.

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A fact sheet on the ways in which cities are experiencing extreme weather and how local governments are responding to the increasing frequency and intensity of these events.

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A report from the Center for American Progress reviews the most damaging extreme weather events in the US over the past two years and how climate change is increasing their frequency and severity, as well as why middle- and lower-income Americans are disproportionately harmed by extreme weather.

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A report from Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and the Democratic staff of the Natural Resources Committee describes how climate change is affecting New England.

 

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Messaging recommendations that communicators should consider when talking about the connections between Sandy (or any storm) and climate change.

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A new survey from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication looks at Americans' perceptions of extreme weather events and their perceived relationship to global warming.
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A report from Oxfam draws on new research that paints a startling view of the impacts of extreme weather on international staple crop prices, suggesting that current research is underestimating the implications of climate change on food insecurity.

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A New York Times opinion piece that describes how this summer's record-breaking weather, including heat waves and severe drought conditions, has heightened media attention and public concern about climate change.

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A media analysis of wildfire coverage in July 2012 finds that while more outlets mentioned climate change than in previous months, many reports failed to communicate the connection between climate change and wildfire risk.

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In a study of seasonal mean temperature anomalies, prominent climate scientist James Hansen asserts that the variability of local weather is the greatest barrier to public recognition of climate change. 

In a related Washington Post article, he describes how his earlier predictions about climate change were too optimistic and that his new research has revealed a "stunning increase" in the frequency and severity of extreme weather.

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An analysis from Media Matters on the frequency of climate change references within news coverage of the recent Western wildfires. The report also includes perspectives from scientists on whether journalists should communicate the link between climate change and wildfire risk.

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A report that summarizes current scientific understanding of the connection between climate change and extreme temperature increases.

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To place the Colorado wildfires into a climate change context, Anna Fahey (Sightline Institute's Communications Strategist and Climate Access advisory board member) gathered a "best of" collection of expert responses.

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A guide that summarizes how climate change is affecting extreme weather in the US that includes information and scientific backgrounders on specific impacts.

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A nationally representative survey found that a large majority of Americans say they personally experienced an extreme weather event in the past year and that the weather in their own local area and across the U.S. is getting worse as a result of global warming.

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How should scientists communicate climate risks to a skeptical public and how can policymakers plan for adaptation, mitigation and development in the face of uncertainty?

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Guidelines for communicating about the connections between extreme weather and climate change to help the public understand how individual events are part of a larger trend.

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NOAA's new Weather Ready Nation initiative asserts that it is important to understand local "folk science" myths about tornadoes in order to help communities prepare for extreme weather.

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In conjunction with the IPCC’s release of its report on managing the risks of extreme weather, Climate Access presents exclusive interviews with two experts on the importance of the findings and how climate communicators should incorporate them into their work.

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A survey of weathercasters that explores their views on climate change, the barriers they face to communicate with the public, and what education resources they feel are needed.

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A science primer that explains how weather events are influenced by climate change. 

View the report and accompanying videos here.

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Andy Goodman describes how an out-of-the-box idea, such as CDC's zombie emergency preparedness campaign, can pay off by getting your message out to new audiences.

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How scientists can facilitate framing and communication about the connections between climate change and weather events.

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A review of "tipping point" language to communicate urgent threats in a public health context and within the larger climate change "debate".

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A review of the health impacts of climate change and strategies for increasing public awareness.

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Weather forecasters do not always agree that climate change is real and imminent. Kaufman explores the debate between climate scientists and meteorologists.

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Report on Canadians' perception of health risks from climate change and an analysis of current adaptation activities.

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Tools and strategies from Climate Nexus to help Americans understand the link between climate disruption and disaster through well-crafted and disciplined communication approaches.

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Survey of Americans on perceived changes in the weather, acceptance of global warming and its seriousness, and government action.

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