• February 21, 2011

 Anthony Leiserowitz with the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications announces a new report that draws from a national study they conducted last year on what Americans understand about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to global warming and is available here.

Summary of Findings:

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• February 20, 2011

We have been busy at Stonehouse, and thought we had better give everyone an update.

First, we would like to introduce you to Julien Landry! He is a UBC student helping Stonehouse identify strategic alliances, populate the blog and roll-out another exciting project: ClimateAccess! A big, warm welcome to Julien!

Second, Stonehouse is now part of a very exciting initiative to launch a portal called ClimateAccess. There were many valuable connections made at the 2010 Stonehouse Summit and one of them resulted in ClimateAccess. Cara Pike brought the concept for ClimateAccess to Stonehouse, and we have since partnered with Cara's organization, The Social Capital Project, and ...

• January 21, 2011

"Time to ruggedize: We should talk more about preparing for climate change" is the title of a recent Grist article ( by David Roberts who found both inspiration and hope in a presentation by Cara Pike of the Social Capital Project.

In the article, directly influenced by Cara Pike's research and publication "Communicating about Climate Adaptation & Preparation", David says that "You don't need to know exactly...

Jim Hoggan • January 16, 2011

A study from the Psychology Department of the University of California, Berkley, offers one possible explanation for how belief in global warming is heading in the opposite direction of the mounting evidence.

The study suggests that messages about dire consequences of global warming threaten the deeply held belief that the world is just and orderly so people dismiss the science.

The lesson - use less dire messages or messages coupled with a potential solution. This approach avoids the inadvertent backlash that increases scepticism.

Read the full study:  "Apocalypse Soon? Dire Messages Reduce Belief in Global Warming By Contradicting Just World Beliefs...

• November 15, 2010

Meg Bostrom, co-founder of the Topos Partnership, explains in her Washington Post editorial of November 14th why we should stop debating 'if' global warming is happening and focus on the many energy related bipartisan initiatives already on the table.

Recent Republican polls clearly indicate there is little support for global warming, but do show there is substantial support for better fuel efficiency standards, increasing federal funding for clean-energy research, spending for mass transit, and more renewable energy. Meg comments, that is where public policy efforts should focus, not on 'global warming' policy....

• October 17, 2010

 A report entitled “Americans’ Knowledge of Climate Change”  from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, just came out October 14th. It is based on a national study of what Americans understand about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to global warming.

Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D., Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication summarizes the report:

Overall, we found that 63 percent of Americans believe that global warming is happening, but many do not understand why. In this assessment, only 8 percent of Americans have knowledge equivalent to an A or B, 40 percent would receive a C or D...

Jim Hoggan • September 20, 2010

How does culture shape the public's views on risk and policy? The Cultural Cognition Project is a group of scholars interested in studying just that at the Yale Law School.

Some of their findings include the discovery that Americans respond to scientific data the way they respond to disputed calls during a sports game! Basically, cheer or boo, depending on how it effects their team.

To find out more about this initiative, the people, and read the blog, go to:

Jim Hoggan • September 20, 2010

A variety of scientists immersed in research on the human influence on climate sent reactions to a pair of central elements in the earlier post — a climate essay in The American Scholar by Robert Laughlin, a Nobel laureate in physics, and a related commentary on Laughlin’s piece by George Will

Read a sampling of their thoughts below.  Definitely worth a read."Scientists react to Nobelist's Climate Thoughts" by Andy Revkin 

• August 24, 2010

From aboard the Louis S. St-Laurent, Canadian scholar Thomas Homer-Dixen writes,

"It is possible that the changes I’m seeing from the ship deck are the beginning of the climate shock that will awaken us to the danger we face."

A very thoughtful essay on the potential teachable moments associated with large disasters. In this case, devastating climate shock.

Read more: "Disaster at the Top of the World".

Thomas Homer-Dixon is a professor of global systems at the ...

Jim Hoggan • August 4, 2010

The Woods Institute for the Environment at Standford University recently published findings from a July survey of 600 randomly selected adults from Maine, Massachusetts and Florida: New State Surveys Affirm Americans' Belief in Global Warming, Support for Government Action on Climate Change (August 2010).

The survey found that the majority of residents believe the Earth is getting warmer and humans are a key contributor. Findings also include a willingness by the public to implement government policies to reduce emissions. The survey also reveals that the public would support some type of personal tax if...

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