To download full report (60 pg; pdf file)visit:
or click here.
Quoted from the report's Executive Summary:
Americans’ Knowledge of Climate Change reports results from a national study of what Americans understand about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to global warming.
The study 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, and 52 percent would get an F. The study also found important gaps in knowledge and common misconceptions about climate change and the earth system. These misconceptions lead some people to doubt that global warming is happening or
that human activities are a major contributor, to misunderstand the causes and therefore the solutions, and to be unaware of the risks. Thus many Americans lack some of the knowledge needed for informed decision-making in a democratic society. For example, only:
• 57% know that the greenhouse effect refers to gases in the atmosphere that trap heat;
• 50% of Americans understand that global warming is caused mostly by human activities;
• 45% understand that carbon dioxide traps heat from the Earth’s surface;
• 25% have ever heard of coral bleaching or ocean acidification.
Meanwhile, large majorities incorrectly think that the hole in the ozone layer and aerosol spray cans contribute to global warming, leading many to incorrectly conclude that banning aerosol spray cans or stopping rockets from punching holes in the ozone layer are viable solutions. However, many Americans do understand that emissions from cars and trucks and the burning of fossil fuels contribute to global warming, and that a transition to renewable energy sources is an important solution.
In addition, despite the recent controversies over “climategate” and the 2007 IPCC report, this study finds that Americans trust scientists and scientific organizations far more than any other source of information about global warming. Americans also recognize their own limited understanding of the issue. Only 1 in 10 say that they are
“very well informed” about climate change, and 75 percent say they would like to know more. Likewise, 75 percent say that schools should teach our children about climate change and 68 percent would welcome a national program to teach Americans about the issue.
Cite full report as: Leiserowitz, A., Smith, N. & Marlon, J.R. (2010) Americans’ Knowledge of Climate Change. Yale University. New Haven, CT: Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.
Wayne RESA was awarded a grant from NASA entitled ICCARS (Investigating Climate Change and Remote Sensing). This page provides information on how you can become involved in this project, along with resources that you can use in teaching climate change in your 8th - 12th grade classroom.
Dear Andrillians and Friends of ANDRILL,
You have probably been hearing the "Climategate" flap and some of you have asked how to respond when confronted by "skeptics". It may seem hard to sort out myth from truth. Oregon State University put out this list of resources for answering the main arguments with evidence. I found it very helpful, so I thought I'd pass it on to you.
Another good resource is Real Climate: http://www.realclimate.org/ which lists both raw data and processed data.
And if you want SCAR's (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) latest science report on climate change research in Antarctica go to: http://www.scar.org/ (click on Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment).
Hope you find these sources helpful!
ANDRILL Coordinator of Education and Public Outreach
To What Degree: What Science Is Telling Us About Climate Change
What is science telling us about climate change? Leading climate change experts discuss one of the most complex scientific puzzles ever to confront humankind.
More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/degree/?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51
This is an NSF News item.
An upbeat invitation to "Take AIM at Climate Change" - with "AIM" standing for Adapt, Innovate, Mitigate. The lyrics are based on the latest science of Earth's changing climate, with the music a mix of rap and pop. Four verses connect changes in the Arctic and Antarctic to conditions around the planet, with choruses encouraging long-term thinking, and individual and community action. Optimistic, forward-thinking, but now's the time to act. "Yes we can!" take AIM at climate change. Download the video or audio versions at TakeAIMatClimateChange.org to iPods or iPhones, and share with friends. http://www.ipy.org/index.php?/ipy/multimedia/&view=2093/
The Video can also be found on youtube at
(coming soon) What Kids Have Heard and Questions Kids Have About Climate Change: During our visits to schools we have been asking kids what they have heard about Climate Change or Global Warming and what questions they have. We'll keep updating this list so that teachers and scientists will know what answers they should be ready to provide.
Abrupt Climate Change: Will It Happen this Century?
A new report, based on an assessment of published science literature, makes conclusions about the potential for abrupt climate changes from global warming during this century. A USGS News Release.
Grades 6-12: Addressing Climate Change through Carbon Capture and Geological Storage - We Can Do It Here!
West Michigan's geology could be answer to keeping carbon emissions out of global-warming mix
by Ken Kolker | The Grand Rapids Press - Sunday October 05, 2008, 6:08 AM
Michigan's subsurface geology lends itself to consideration of CO2 sequestration projects in many parts of the state. An article in the Grand Rapids Press explains what MGRRE scientists are doing to help this to happen in a safe and environmentally friendly way. See the article by Ken Kolker with a great graphic representation of CO2 injection at: http://www.mlive.com/grpress/news/index.ssf/2008/10/graphic_for_emissions_story.html