Looking for my talks online?

My favourite video right now is this little cartoon explaining global warming.

If you’re looking for something longer, I’ve collected many of my short interviews and some full-length lectures on my YouTube playlists and Vimeo channel. They include everything from my latest presentations to the first TV interview I ever did!

Looking for advice on video setup?

I’ve worked hard the last few years to transition the majority of my talks and presentations, and even some panels, to online virtual low-carbon events. To help, I’ve invested in a few key pieces of equipment. Here’s a list, with links to the products I bought. There are likely better options out there but this is what I went with!

  • A collapsible backdrop (I use a reversible one that can be gray or white, but there are a lot of options out there!)
  • Standing acoustic sound-absorbing panels to absorb the echos
  • Flat acoustic panels to lay on the desk in front of me (if you’re on a tight budget, these are more important than the standing ones – they also double as a cat bed)
  • A very basic webcam, nothing fancy
  • Very basic audio equipment – usually just Apple earbuds, but sometimes a stand mic
  • A ring light with a skin tone filter and a camera mount

Audience engagement is super-important, and for that I use Poll Everywhere. It is a simple internet-based audience polling program that I put right into my powerpoint slides. It lets me survey people in real time to get their opinions, perspectives, and responses to what I’m talking about. I’ve used it all over the world: since it’s internet-based, it doesn’t matter if I’m in Texas talking to a group in India! I also like using Poll Everywhere even in person because it allows people to respond anonymously (not everyone feels comfortable standing up at a mic) and upvote the questions they want me to answer at the end.

Questions about climate science?

How do we know climate is changing? Why do scientists think it’s humans this time, and not just natural cycles like it’s been before? Wasn’t it warmer way back when? And I thought I heard something about scientists cooking the data–is that true?

We answered many of these questions in the U.S. National Climate Assessment’s Frequently Asked Questions section. If the question you’re wondering about isn’t there, you can find more answers on one of my favourite websites, Skeptical Science. They give us all the gory details on the science and arguments of global warming skepticism from beginner to expert level, with links to the original data and scientific studies so you can check them for yourself. They also update their Facebook page regularly with the latest climate science news.

If you’re looking for a quick short read straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, you might also enjoy the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s What We Know report. It focuses on the three “R’s” of climate change: Reality — > 97% of climate experts have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening; Risk — there are climate change impacts we can expect, but we also must consider the small, but real, chance that we may face abrupt changes with massively disruptive impacts; and Response — there is much we can do and the sooner we respond, the better off we will be.

How will climate change affect me?

Quick, what’s the first picture that comes to mind when someone says “global warming”? For most people, it’s the polar bear. And it’s true — as Polar Bears International reminds us, this giant fuzzy carnivore is one of the first to be threatened with starvation and extinction by climate change.

But you know what? If we don’t heed its warning, we’re next.

The impacts of climate change depend on where we live. Along the Gulf Coast, rising seas and stronger hurricanes pose the largest threat to people and the economy. Where I live in Texas, natural patterns of drought and flood are being amplified, with record-breaking events now the norm rather than the exception. Through the Great Lakes, Midwest and Northeast, huge increases in heavy precipitation events have slammed cities and countryside alike. In the Rockies, warmer winters mean pests and bugs can live for multiple generations, chewing up millions of acres of forest. And up in the Arctic, melting permafrost and eroding coastlines are endangering people’s homes and livelihoods.

If you live in the U.S., you can find out more about how climate change will affect you from the U.S. National Climate Assessment’s regional summaries.

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