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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!

One presentation not there is the Sunday Forum I gave at the National Cathedral in Washington DC. It is available from their website.

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.

Want to track the latest climate data?

The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration’s Climate.gov Dashboard provides science and information for a climate-smart nation.  Our health, security, and economic well-being are closely linked to climate and weather.  People want and need information to help them make decisions on how to manage climate-related risks and opportunities they face.