Search below for resources covering the intersection of climate engagement, social science and data analytics.


Research & Articles

As communities and advocates worldwide work to respond adequately to increasing climate disasters, where can climate advocates find resources to advance just, equitable, and community-based disaster recovery?

In this webinar, Climate Advocacy Lab teamed up with Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) to discuss CJA's recently released multimedia report Our Power Puerto Rico: Moving Toward a Just Recovery (a project completed with support from the Lab!). During the conversation, authors, experts, and frontline organizers who contributed to the case study and report highlight tools (including the 'Just Recovery framework'), practices, and experiential lessons learned from applying a participatory model of "Just Recovery" to disaster response in Puerto Rico following hurricane María. 

Heatwave Risk Perceptions

Peter Howe, Utah State University; Jennifer Marlon, Xinran Wang and Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Research & Articles

Tool maps how Americans perceive the health risks of extreme heat events (heat waves) at the state and county level in the U.S.  Higher values indicate that people perceive greater risks from heat waves to their own health, the health of their families, and the health of their local communities. 

Researchers found a distinct north–south gradient in perceptions of harm from heat waves, with residents in southern states perceiving higher risk than those in northern states. People in the northern Midwest exhibited lower risk perceptions than those in coastal states. Residents of Hawaii, Texas, Nevada, and Louisiana had the highest perceived risk.

CA Power Plants Map

Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy
Research & Articles


Poll: Americans see climate monitoring as top priority for NASA

Cary Funk and Mark Strauss, Pew Research Center
Research & Articles

More Americans (63%) think "monitoring key parts of the Earth's climate system" should be a top priority for NASA than they do any other potential priority, according to this wide-ranging survey, conducted March 27-April 9, 2018, on Americans' attitudes on NASA and space exploration.

Poll: Climate Change in the American Mind: October 2017

Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Rosenthal, S., Cutler, M., & Kotcher, J. Yale University & George Mason University
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A majority (63%) of Americans are worried about global warming, including 22% who are "very worried", the highest percentage reporting that level of concern since this ongoing survey was first run in 2008. The survey also found 64% of Americans think global warming is affecting the weather, and 33% think weather is being affected "a lot", an 8 percentage point increase from May 2017. 38% of Americans say they're talking about climate change with friends and family "often" or "occasionally", a 12 point increase from May, but still far less than the 62% who "rarely" or "never" discuss it.

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. 

Poll: Climate Change in the American Mind: May 2017

Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Rosenthal, S., & Cutler, M. Yale University and George Mason University
Research & Articles

Over half (58%) of Americans understand that climate change is mostly human-caused, the highest level since this ongoing survey began in 2008. Other key findings include that 67% "rarely" or "never" discuss climate change with their friends and family, just 13% understand that nearly all climate scientists are convinced human-caused climate change is happening, and providing a better life for our children and grandchildren is the most popular reason (24%) why Americans want to address climate change.

A thorough summary of polls showing that Americans have a better understanding of climate change, its causes and its impacts than Pres. Trump, and are more supportive of taking action to address the problem as well.

Poll: American Views on Fracking

Christopher Borick and Chris Clarke. National Surveys on Energy and Environment
Research & Articles

Analysis of a survey from Fall 2015 found that: 24% of Americans report hearing a “great deal” or “good amount” about natural gas development using hydraulic fracturing, with a majority (54%) reporting that they have heard only "a little" or "nothing" about this energy extraction process. Americans are highly divided on the extraction of oil and gas through hydraulic fracturing, with about a third supporting it and slightly more than a third opposing it.

Only 13% of Americans believe they are having a negative impact on the environment while 50% felt they have a “neutral” impact on the environment