Tackling Climate Change

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The characteristics of climate change make it the ultimate communications and risk management challenge (you can see the Climatographers’ cartoon exploring this point in the “Our Cartoons” page at top right). The good news? The information needed to influence almost anyone’s thinking about climate change indeed the information needed to solve climate change already exists. The bad news? You’ll get millions of hits searching online for almost ANY climate topic, and you’re probably so overwhelmed by the climate information deluge that you’ll never see the information you could take best advantage of.

The Climatographers have spent more than 30 years working on climate change, and more than 10 years and 20,000 hours building the Climate Web, a knowledge management solution for tackling climate change. Built with powerful TheBrain software, and reflecting the knowledge of thousands of experts across numerous disciplines, the Climate Web is the closest thing today to a collective climate change intelligence. And it’s Open Access!

What Questions Can You Answer?

Many of today’s most important questions relating to climate change don’t have a single “right answer” per se. But they still need to be understood and explored. That’s where the Climate Web comes in. The Climatographers have read and extracted key insights and graphics from thousands of books, reports, and news stories, and organized the best resources across hundreds of climate topics, allowing you to rapidly explore questions that include:

  • Why is climate change a “wicked problem” and so hard to solve?
  • How much is average temperature really likely to increase by 2100?
  • What’s the best way to communicate with climate skeptics?
  • What’s the role of individuals in tackling climate change?
  • What’s the right Social Cost of Carbon?
  • Are we under-estimating societal and business climate risks?
  • Could companies ultimately be held liable for their GHG emissions?
  • Will risk disclosure lead to climate change mitigation?
  • Are “net zero by 2050” commitments a good idea?
  • What’s the role of nature-based solutions?
  • How fast could sea levels increase?
  • Which are the best sea level rise visualizations?

One of the questions we get asked most often is how the Climate Web is built, and whether we use bots to scour the internet for materials every night. The answer is “no.” While we hope there is “I” involved, there is no “AI” involved; every one of the Climate Web’s 500,000 thoughts and links was individually created by the Climatographers to support audience, organizational, and individual access to actionable climate knowledge.

Want to know whether the Climate Web can answer YOUR question? Contact us!

Climate LEGOs

One way to think about the Climate Web is as a large collection of LEGO bricks, each representing a chunk of climate information (from entire books down to individual graphics). The Climate Web’s more than 200,000 LEGOs or “thoughts” can be combined into any number of climate knowledge structures, from very simple to very complex (see image below). Individual thoughts can simultaneously be part of many knowledge structures, and each has its own URL, giving the Climate Web unprecedented flexibility in helping individuals and organizations access their “actionable climate knowledge.” The Climate Web is a “living knowledge web,” always being added to, and capable of being shaped in any way that helps advance the goal of tackling climate change. Learn more through the “Mastering the Climate Web” link at right.

Climate Chess

Another way to think about the Climate Web is in the context of Climate Chess, the “ultimate planetary board game.” To win at Climate Chess, “Team Urgency” has to catalyze a low carbon transition, whereas all Team No-Urgency has to do is preserve the status quo. That’s a much easier task, and Team No-Urgency has been winning at Climate Chess for decades. But what if Team Urgency could better coordinate the moves of the hundreds of Team Urgency pieces on the board, which today are largely siloed and operating independently of each other? The Climate Web, organizing the collective intelligence of thousands of experts across dozens of disciplines, can help Team Urgency up its game. To dig deeper into the metaphor of Climate Chess, visit our dedicated Climate Chess Climate Site.


Want to make Climate Chess real? Contact us to find out how!

Climate Sites

You can always jump directly into the Climate Web via www.theclimateweb.org, but there are other ways to take advantage of the Climate Web. First, the Climatographers use Climate Sites (like this one) to extract and present information from the Climate Web in a more familiar and easy to access format. Visit our Climate Sites home page for a comprehensive list of Climate Sites. But to give you a sense of the breadth and depth of information in the Climate Web, we’ve linked a few Climate Sites pages to the top right.

  • Our Cartoons - For fun, here is a collection of cartoons authored by the Climatographers

  • Climate Quotes - Quotes are a useful communications tool, and you can access hundreds of relevant quotes in the Climate Web. The Climate Site shows you how.

  • Quora Q&A - Quora.com is a great source of climate insight you may never have heard of. We’ve integrated hundreds of great climate Q&A’s into the Climate Web. The Climate Site shows you how.

  • #Greenwishing - The term “Greenwishing” was just invented in 2019, but’s a great term for exploring the continuum between evidence-base decision-making and #greenwashing. This Climate Site shows you how the Climate Web brings you up to speed on key topics.

  • At Least 3.5o C? - A recent simulation study by risk expert George Backus suggests that we’re unlikely to be able to limit average global temperature change to less than 3.5o C, even based on optimistic assumptions. This Climate Site shows you how the Climate Web lets you take advantage of key work like this.

  • Premium Roadmap - Under-Estimated Climate Risk - This is a free Premium Roadmap illustrating how the Climate Web can walk you through the complicated “story” of under-estimating climate risk. You can also access the full collection of Lite Roadmaps here.

  • Knowledgebase - Carbon Offsets - Carbon offsets are a big topic in today’s climate conversations. This Knowledgebase is an example of how the Climate Web organizes an enormous amount of information relating to a particular topic, and lays out how you can take best advantage of it.

Next Steps

To help you come up its learning curve, and explore how the Climate Web can help advance your climate change objectives, several resources are described briefly below and are accessible through links to the right:

  • Master the Climate Web shows you how the Climate Web was built and how it is structured. This will quickly bring you up the learning curve for navigating it and introduces you to advanced features like Roadmaps and Dashboards.

  • Leverage the Climate Web explores the various ways you take advantage of the Climate Web, from Open Access to creating a fully customizable knowledge management system using a copy of the Climate Web.

  • Your Climate Change PhD is a knowledge solution allowing anyone interested in or concerned about climate change to access topics and places in the Climate Web likely to be of most immediate value, saving you an enormous amount of time.

  • Your Climate Change MBA is a knowledge solution allowing business decision-makers to instantly access the massive variety of business relevant insights and decision-support materials organized in the Climate Web.

  • Website - Climate Web takes you to our conventional website where you can access the Climate Web blog, our E-store, free Ebooks, and more.

  • Website - Climatographers takes you to our advisory website where you can access our blog and more.

Your questions, suggestions, and feedback are welcome at info@climatographer.com

Who Are the Climatographers?

Dr. Mark C. Trexler LinkedIn Profile and Laura H. Kosloff LinkedIn Profile have a combined total of more than 50 years of climate change experience. Working on climate change since 1988, Mark launched the first U.S. climate change consulting firm in 1991, was a member of the IPCC when it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, and was most recently Director of Climate Risk at DNV, a global risk management firm based in Oslo, Norway. Laura is an environmental lawyer with extensive research, litigation, and in-house counsel experience relating to climate change.

Working with companies, NGOs, and agencies around the world, the Climatographers have carried out many climate advisory “firsts,” including the first carbon offset (1989), the first GHG footprints (1991), building the first carbon pricing model (1995), taking the first company “climate neutral” (1996), and winning the first contested power plant facility siting proceeding based on net CO2 emissions using offsets (1996). Learn more through the Climatographers’ website link at right.

The Climatographers can create customized knowledge structures, including Climate Sites, for your easy reference and use. Using the Climate Web we can also deliver briefings, webinars, and even courses on a wide range of climate questions and topics far more cost-effectively than would otherwise be possible. For business purposes, the Climate Web is designed to support climate risk assessments, climate assumption audits, and scenario planning, among other corporate decision-support needs. Contact the Climatographers for more information.

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