climate campaign tools

State Data Map

Climate engagement resources organized by state


Yale Climate Opinion Maps

Interactive U.S. mapping of climate opinions

Climate Chat

An everyday guide to the science of talking about climate change.

new climate resources

David G. Victor, Nick Obradovich, and Dillon Amaya

This op-ed discusses how our mental capacity is limited and humans are not set up well to handle esoteric issues like climate change. Most Americans know little about the ins and outs of the issue, or the policy options relating to it. Instead, opinions derive from political party affiliation or basic ideology.

But some policy strategies may be able to address some of these inherent human-nature challenges: 

  • Investments in technology. Technology can lower the cost of reducing emissions, making change easier to accept and adopt.
  • Policies that generate tangible, immediate benefits. Efforts to control soot provide a good example as both a global warming ollutant and a noxious local air problem. Those that don't care about global warming still find it in their self-interest to protect the air.
  • Political institutions can maintain a long view- surveying climate impacts regularly. This helps place extreme storms as part of patterns that needs sustained policy attention. 

This thorough rundown of polling covers both trend lines over time of Americans' opinions on climate and energy issues, as well as polling around specific recent events, such as support for and perceived impact of the April 2017 science marches, as well as reactions to Trump administration policies. 

Morning Consult and Politico

61% of respondents are "very" or "somewhat" concerned with the issue of climate change and the impact its having on the U.S. environment. 61% think climate change contributed either "a lot" or "some" to recent natural disasters, such as hurricanes that impacted parts of Texas and Louisiana. 52% believe climate change is making natural disasters... "more frequent" and also "more powerful"