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A collection of all the climate communications and behavior change resources that we've featured on Climate Access, together in one handy place.

 

 

 

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Union of Concerned Scientists created a toolkit to help members and their local communities take action against threatening environmental issues in the current political climate.

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The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll released its seventh annual report on Mountain West voters and their views on the potential actions of the Trump Administration.

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Here-Now-Us launched a collective project aimed to facilitate greater involvement of local populations, including populations that often expressed no interest in learning about climate change and sea level rise.

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This report provides an analysis of sustainable lifestyle initiatives and engagement strategies to make tangible change in the way people live their daily lives.      

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK

Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles and the UN Environment, aim to increase stakeholders’ understanding of sustainable lifestyles and accelerate the widespread adoption through effective communication. The report outlines key strategies, engagement initiatives and guidance to consider when developing a sustainable lifestyle.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Definition of a sustainable lifestyle:

A “sustainable lifestyle” is a cluster of habits and patterns of behavior embedded 
in a society and facilitated by institutions, norms and infrastructures that frame individual choice, in order to minimize the use of natural resources and generation of wastes, while supporting fairness and prosperity for all. (Akenji et al.) Paraphrased from: Akenji, L, H. Chen et al. (2016). A framework for shaping sustainable lifestyles: Determinants and Strategies. United Nations Environment Programme. 

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Pew research center conducted a survey as part of the American Trends Panel (ATP), to explore the current climate debate and the division it has caused amongst American citizens.

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Pew research center conducted a survey as part of the American Trends Panel (ATP), to explore the current climate debate and the division it has caused amongst American citizens.

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Abt Associates conducted a two-year research project with contributions from a committee of climate adaptation professionals and funding from the Kresge Foundation to help solve complex challenges associated with climate change in 17 communities.  

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George Mason University partnered with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to help communities within Maryland express their concerns on climate change, public health and energy sources.

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A poll that looks at U.S. attitudes and actions to address climate change in relation to the 2016 election. 

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The latest survey in the Climate Change in the American Mind series tracking attitudes, beliefs, and views of Americans on global warming.

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Got Green is an environmental justice organization in South Seattle led by people of color, working to bring a green economy to their city. Committee leaders and climate advocacy groups are increasing their presence in communities of various socioeconomic backgrounds to develop and grow grassroots campaigns by addressing issues surrounding climate change.

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One of the most effective ways to communicate a message in our fast-paced society is through visual communication. These images are used in brochures, posters, social media posts, and billboards.

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An ethnographic research report from the Topos Partnership for Resource Media on Central Appalachia's economic transition away from coal towards a more sustainable economy identifies opportunities for engagement and insights into potential pitfalls. 

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The polar bear on the melting iceberg has long been the ubiquitous image of climate change. Climate Outreach believes that climate change imagery can and should be more diverse and they've developed 7 principles for visual cliamte change communication in the new Climate Visuals report.

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Greenpeace’s hope is that practitioners begin to use this guidebook as way to increase mobilisation through building “People Power” in ther next campaign or project.

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Fierce winter weather has caused havoc across the UK, America, and many other nations. Although storms are an integral part of the winter months, recent flooding has left it’s mark on the national consciousness, leading the news agenda for weeks on end and causing disruption to thousands of people’s lives

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Climate is no longer a special interest of just environmental groups, it’s becoming a personally relevant public interest for all of us. EcoAmerica’s climate messaging project develops and disseminates market-tested messages on climate solutions designed to engage Americans across political and demographic groups.

 

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Acceptance of global warming among Americans has reached its highest level since 2008. This NSEE survey shows an increased level of acceptance that global temperatures are increasing, due in part to severe drought conditions. 

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Americans support the idea of energy efficiency, but this enthusiasm doesn’t always translate into policy solutions. How can communicators illustrate that energy efficiency is an urgent need? How can organizations move individuals from interest to action?

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The defining determinant of your belief in climate change in the U.S. is your political allegiance. So how do you get around the politics and create common ground?

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What kind of media articles about climate change politics motivate people to act? Are they the articles you read commonly? How can this be fixed? 

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Do your eyes glaze over when you see a stockphoto at the top of an article? Does it make you think the article is going to be bland too?

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Taken just before the release of the pope’s encyclical on climate change, this Pew Research survey delves into the views of American Catholics on climate change and compares them to the American general public. It also looks at how Catholics and Americans see Pope Francis.

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A new report from the Pacific Centre for Climate Solutions (British Columbia) offers candid lessons around what has worked and what hasn’t for a handful of provincial climate “social mobilization” campaigns, from digital media, to city-wide conversations, to grassroots organizing and beyond.

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How do you strike the right balance between the urgency of climate impacts and a message of hope? What is more effective? More disaster? More Internet cats? This resource will tell you!

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Which county in Texas has the highest rate of support for a carbon levy in the state? Yale’s new research maps can tell you!

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The Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN) conducted a series of narrative workshops to explore strategies for developing framing approaches that engage young people in the UK on climate change.

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When you think of global warming, what is the first health risk you think of? Do you trust that information more coming from a health professional or a climate scientist? The Six Americas researchers find out in their latest update.

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A report by the Understanding Risk Research Group at Cardiff University explores public perceptions of climate change following a series of severe flooding events in the U.K. during the winter of 2013/2014.

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COIN in the UK has put together a tool kit on how to frame a constructive conversation with center-right conservatives in Europe.

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Most research into environmental concern linked to political ideology in the U.S. has so far had a three-party system (Democrats, Independent, Republican).

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Sadly, climate change is still the unpopular topic on the list of concerns for Americans. Jobs, economic inequality, healthcare, debt and deficit, immigration and education all beat out concern for climate change.

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Climate change is a scientific issue – it’s all about physics, and if we just explain the facts to people, they’ll understand it is important and take action, right? Wrong. Take a seat as ecoAmerica and CRED explain why and how to break down those barriers.

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The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication took the opportunity to survey people marching through the streets of New York City.

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Six years after Maryland implemented ambitious targets for reducing energy use, George Mason University surveyed residents on their opinions towards renewable energy and got a big thumbs up for renewable power.

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‘The responsibility of the Department of Defense is the security of our country’ and the DoD is very aware of the fact that the threat of climate change will impact the way they do things and the stability of their systems and processes.

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The clean energy transition is well underway and continuing to gather more momentum each year as more wind, solar, wave, geothermal and tidal energy is installed.

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Spitfire Strategies has added another practical tool to their collection with an updated campaign planning guide that offers insights and examples to help design and shape successful advocacy campaigns.

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While it can be tempting to go into a conversation with a panicked look in your eye and the urgent tone of ‘we’re all going to die!’ this is generally not the best way to go. Let EcoAdapt, Freshwater Future and the Kresge Foundation show you a better way. 

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We keep learning that facts and figures don’t change minds, and that to reach people on climate change, we need to tell them stories.This report from the conference hosted by the Institute at the Golden Gate looks at how we can utilize the wonder of nature to connect people to change.

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Storytelling is one of the key ways to engage and mobilise people to action. It’s also the way that humans have always made sense of ourselves in the world and shared our values.

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Climate change was never just about polar bears or biodiversity – it’s also about people and our way of life. Climate change poses a big risk to businesses and how they operate, so the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership has looked at the findings from the IPCC 5th Assessment Report and worked out what the risks are.

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It’s not just our natural systems that need to be resilient to climate change – people need to be resilient too. ecoAmerica have looked at what the psychological impacts of climate change are and how we can make sure our communities have the social fabric to combat the mental stress of losing the ecosystems we know and love.

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Nature always bats last, so responses to climate change like building higher seawalls are expensive, brittle and vulnerable to further climate impacts.

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The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication have built up an impressive body of work on the state of the public consensus around climate change.

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The terms ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ are pretty interchangeable in most articles, but what if your choice of words changes the way people react?

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The EPA is looking at introducing new regulations on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, and this guide from Resource Media and US CAN want to help health professionals communicate it.

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Just as there's no one correct way to fix climate change, there's also no one correct way to talk to people about climate change. 

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The tendency of cable news networks to provide ‘both sides’ of a discussion of climate science is leading to inaccurate and misleading coverage.

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A how-to guide for those new to the reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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A study from George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication finds that TV weather reporters are trusted messengers for information on climate change.

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A paper that analyses the differences in opinion about climate change from a cultural, socio-economic and class perspective. 

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Thirteen different tips for being an effective communicator on climate change.

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New national polling from the Sierra Club finds that even in the Midwest, voters strongly support renewable energy investment and fossil fuel pollution limits. 


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Nationally representative survey data in the UK shows that extreme cold weather is seen as confirming climate change, rather than disproving it.

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A paper from researchers at Yale and Utah State University that analyses survey data to determine whether people’s perception of weather is affected by their belief in climate change.

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A study from researchers at Yale, George Mason and Oregon State University examine public perceptions of fracking including primary associations, familiarity with the issue, levels of support or opposition, and predictors of these attitudes. 

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Drawing upon national survey data, the Stanford University study explores whether public attitudes toward consumption and supply side policies discourage movement toward “a new energy economy.”

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The report is a summary of the US federal government adaptation plans that were submitted for 2013 to the USGCRP Adaptation Science Interagency Working Group.

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A statewide survey by Yale University finds that most Texans are experiencing climate impacts and are worried about the issue, yet are still unsure as to whether scientists agree that climate change is human-caused.
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A detailed history of attacks on climate science, climate scientists and the IPCC from 1990 to the fifth assessment report.

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A new survey on Americans’ climate communication behaviors from researchers at Yale and George Mason University discovers the power that peers have on our willingness to act on climate change.

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A report from ecoAmerica outlines how public opinion trends around climate change in the U.S. have moved from being a niche issue to the mainstream.

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By surveying Americans on their climate and energy-related consumer, civic, and household and transportation behavior, researchers at Yale and George Mason University explored how people are acting (or not) on global warming.

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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 Georgetown University explores U.S. climate change beliefs and public opinion on climate and clean energy policy.

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A report from the Chicago Zoological Society investigates the ways in which zoos and aquariums can effectively incorporate visitors’ values and emotional connections with animals into educational resources that inspire climate action.

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Research from Yale and George Mason University finds that most Americans have heard little or nothing about fracking and those who have formed an opinion are more or less evenly split between support and opposition.

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A guide from the UK’s CCgroup aims to overcome the communications gap between the renewable energy industry and farmers and landowners, which serves as a barrier to the potential benefits of renewable energy for rural businesses.

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An international scoping study by the Renewable Energy Technology Deployment of the International Energy Agency delineates key elements of a successful renewable energy communications strategy.

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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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A fact sheet from the Environmental and Energy Study Initiative provides information about public perceptions of climate change from a variety of polling sources.

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A synopsis from EcoAdapt of the state of adaptation in the United States that highlights the range of activities that are currently underway, as well as opportunities for growth.

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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 guide from Spitfire Strategies to help nonprofits and foundations successfully navigate “a trail of influence” by identifying—and eliminating—blind spots before they sabotage change strategies.

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A report from the Project for Improved Environmental Coverage (PIEC) that investigates the lack of environmental coverage in the news and how improved coverage can lead to a better understanding of challenges and solutions.

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A new handbook from The Resource Innovation Group guides practitioners through the process of building social resilience and enabling communities to prepare for and withstand climate impacts.

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A whitepaper from M+R Strategic Services provides insights as to why organizations and campaigns need to embrace storytelling to advance and protect the causes we care about.
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An analysis by Media Matters examines broadcast news coverage of climate change, including the impact of extreme weather events on programming and the prominence of scientific findings in relation to politics.

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Researchers at Stanford and UC Berkeley examine why Americans’ attitudes about the environment are highly polarized and how moralized discourse may be affecting the ideological divide.
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A primer from the Climate Institute describes the terminology of “carbon jargon” and graphically explains why carbon dioxide and other emissions are considered carbon pollution.
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The fifth report from George Mason and Yale's national survey on Americans’ efforts to reduce global warming, including consumer, energy, citizen, and communication behaviors.
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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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USCAN's Doha briefing book aims to help climate advocates, members of the US Congressional Delegation, as well as reporters and editors, gain an understanding of the international treaty negotiating process in advance of COP 18.

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This article reviews existing and planned climate adaptation responses by the government, nonprofit and private sectors throughout the United States, noting a lack of implementation and evaluation.

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A national survey from Yale and George Mason University finds that Americans’ belief in the reality of global warming has increased by 13 percentage points over the past two and a half years.

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A national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that a growing number of Americans across party lines accept that global warming is occurring and is getting worse.

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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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This guide from the Union of Concerned Scientists provides "do's and don'ts" for addressing personal attacks against scientists, including how to deal with harassing correspondence and how to respond to hostile bloggers.

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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 report from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication in collaboration with GlobeScan Incorporated that takes an in-depth look at the public perception of climate change in India.

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A playbook for U.S. candidates, business and civic leaders who are leading on climate and clean energy solutions.

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The Sierra Club and the National Council of La Raza release findings from a national survey on the environmental attitudes and opinions of Latino voters.

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An NPR Science Friday piece questions a panel of experts as to why science is at the bottom of the list of campaign issues that resonate with the public and whether recent extreme weather events will cause climate change to be part of the presidential campaign and debate.

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A report from a University of Michigan longitudinal study finds that while Gen Xers are highly educated and scientifically literate, there is a general lack of concern and understanding about, and attention to, climate change.

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From Yale University researchers, an exploration of how "affective imagery" (i.e. the mental representations of sights, sounds, smells, ideas, and words that we use to process information) shapes public perception of climate change.

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Following an unusually warm winter across the U.S., a Brookings survey finds an increase in the number of Americans who accept that there is solid evidence of global warming. The National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change was fielded in March and April 2012.

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An analysis of the current capacity of the climate science communications field as it relates to the needs of decision makers (by RESOLVE for the Hewlett Foundation and the Packard Foundation).

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A Yale survey finds that people with high levels of scientific literacy are more culturally polarized. The findings are consistent with the notion that climate change has become highly politicized, but divisions are due to worldviews not merely partisanship.

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A report from a workshop on climate communications that gathered leaders to explore why people reject the science of climate change and how to shift the dialogue in way that can build social consensus.

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A national survey looks at the economic and political question of whether Americans support a national clean energy standard and how much of a household electricity rate increase is politically feasible in Congress.

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A Stanford University survey looked at the effect of cooler temperatures in 2011 and climate skeptic rhetoric expressed by Republican Party presidential candidates on the American public's support of climate change policies.

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The story of a Crater Lake National Park ranger who shares his anxieties and challenges with speaking to park visitors about climate change and the five lessons he's learned through communications trainings and personal experience.

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A public opinion survey finds that majorities of Americans think global warming and clean energy should be national priorities and that elected officials, corporations and citizens could be doing more to support climate and energy policies.  

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A report on how climate change will impact water resources and affect EPA's existing water practices that aim to protect public health. The public comment draft also includes communications and outreach needs and goals.

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A guidebook from The Resource Innovation Group on integrating climate planning within public health departments that provides an overview of the health impacts of climate change and related mitigation and preparedness activities, strategies for building successful collaborations, and messaging recommendations.
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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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An overview of public opinion research on attitudes, values and behaviors related to consumption and the sociopolitical divisions commonly seen in the climate change debate.

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A report on how global warming impacts public mental health and the mental health care system that includes communications, behavior change and public education recommendations.

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An analysis of media coverage on gas prices that aims to provide a better understanding of the public debate and opportunities for reframing. 

Climate Nexus examined news stories and blog posts from December 2011 to mid-March 2012 to compare gas price coverage with reporting on other prevalent political issues.

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As part of a forthcoming environmental leadership handbook, Susanne Moser examines the challenges that future environmental leaders will encounter and how these individuals can serve as models to the public.

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A poll of American public opinion on climate change finds that individuals point to their personal experience with unusual weather patterns as the reason they acknowledge that climate change is occurring.

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A survey of American and British citizens to test the "cultural cognition thesis" as it relates to science communication and the impact of a geoengineering narrative on concern about climate change risks.

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A report on the Climate, Mind and Behavior symposia series that gathers environmental leaders across sectors to explore social, behavioral, and cognitive science theories and their practical application to environmental policies and programs.

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Five messaging guidelines to help local governments communicate about climate change science, impacts and solutions.

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A review of the University of Michigan's Erb Institute/Union of Concerned Scientists seminar, "Increasing Public Understanding of Climate Risks and Choices: What We Can Learn from Social Science Research and Practice" that gathered leading climate communications experts.

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By comparing "failed" and "successful" environmental campaigns, the article asserts that it is necessary to consider one's target audience when selecting messages and messengers.

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A report on the relationship between neuroscience, behavior change, and society that examines how self-awareness and decision making shape our environment.

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A national survey of the American public finds high levels of support for climate and clean energy policies across the political spectrum.

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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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