Sometimes you just want a simple, short, and very clear set of FAQs for climate change, maybe to give to someone who is just now starting to pay attention. Where to find such a primer?
A pair of Q&A pieces will fill the bill. Brad Plumer’s (2014) Vox “card deck,” “Everything You Need to Know about Global Warming” (aka “Global Warming, Explained”) offers answers to 19 key questions, with a wealth of embedded links to sources and carefully chosen graphs and charts. Now at the New York Times, Plumer is one of the best explainers out there.
Another contender for that honor is Justin Gillis, who covered climate for the Times for years. His 2017 “Short Answers to Hard Questions about Climate Change” is also excellent, with unflinching answers to a largely different set of 16 questions.
Lest you be fooled by Plumer’s and Gillis’s clarity into thinking the problem is really quite simple – or if you like videos or prefer your facts to be presented artistically – watch the 2016-17 videos made by Ian Cheney for Undark, “The Measure of a Fog.” Six 5-7 minute videos take a condensed, accessible, and often beautiful look at some of the complexities we face in grasping and solving the climate problem: “Distance,” “Carbon,” “Energy,” “Geoengineering,” “Politics,” and “Ethics”; a 12-minute summary, “Finale,” offers a shortcut.
This series is curated and written by retired Colorado State University English professor and close climate change watcher SueEllen Campbell of Colorado. Use the Twitter hashtag #ICYMIclimate to flag works you think warrant attention, or send an e-mail to ICYMI@yaleclimateconnections.org any time. Let us hear from you.