Climate Central

In Brief

2008, Princeton NJ; 34 staff, reports on climate change impacts

Description

(2008, Princeton NJ; www.climatecentral.org).

“Scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the American public.”  Not an advocacy organization. Scientists publish and journalists report on climate science, energy, sea level rise, wildfires, drought, and related topics, e.g.: States at Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card (Nov 2015), which gives A-F rankings to the 50 states (the five rated “F” are Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, and Texas).   Research appears in peer reviewed journals and in ways that help local communities and media visualize the threat of climate change and the need for practical solutions.  Operates a news service that is journalistically independent of the organization’s research and communications programs. Through its website, journalists report daily on the facts about our changing climate and its impacts on the American public through news and feature stories, blogs, podcasts, and interactive graphics.

Specific programs:  1) Climate science: reports on climate trends and impacts, from state level temperature trends, to wildfires, heat waves, drought, precipitation; e.g., the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling program, an area that is poorly understood by scientists, because it is remote and dangerous; 2) Energy: e.g., “Hybrids Better for Climate than Leaf, Tesla in Most States”; 3) Sea Level Rise: flagship project: Surging Seas, interactive maps to see areas below different amounts of sea level rise and flooding — down to neighborhood scale — matched with area timelines of risk; 4) Meteorology: via the Climate Matters program, data analysts, meteorologists, climate experts, graphic artists and journalists create graphics, text, animations, videos and research to aid TV weathercasters in presenting science-rooted climate information.  Books and galleries of media material are available on the website.  Funding from foundations, government agencies, and institutions.  Budget: ~$6M/year.  Board members include Decker Anstrom, recent Chairman of The Weather Channel Companies (Cable TV Network, Weather.com, and WSI).  President: Paul Hanle (mailto:phanle@climatecentral.org); 42 staff.

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