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 probably already exists. The bad news? People wanting to understand and tackle climate chang get millions of hits searching online for almost ANY climate topic, and are probably so overwhelmed by the climate information deluge that they’ll never see their “actionable climate knowledge.”

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 understanding and 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!

Let’s tackle the biggest question you might have. Won’t the Climate Web just add to the information deluge you may already be facing? Or have the Climatographers developed a miracle technology that makes climate change simple to explore, and that points you only to your “actionable climate knowledge.” No to both questions. First, everyone’s actionable climate knowledge is different, there is no one-size-fits-all answer, and we can’t divine what would necessarily be of most value to you. What the Climate Web does do, however, is help you leverage 20,000 hours of climate change knowledge management, and zero in on your actionable climate knowledge, all using a software that is EXTREMELY simple to learn how to use. So while the Climate Web is a stunningly comprehensive resource, it can save you a lot of time in coming up to speed and staying up to speed on topics critical to understanding and tackling climate change.

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 if we’re ever going to make substantial progress. 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?

To name just a few! 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 were individually created by the Climatographers.

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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.

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Next Steps?

Check out one of our short videos introducing you to the Climate Web generally, or one of its key features:

Visit our Climate Sites, representing curated information in the Climate Web that we’ve extracted and organized into simple to use web sites like this one. Visit our Climate Sites home page for a comprehensive list of Climate Sites. To give you a sense of the breadth and depth of information in the Climate Web, we point you to a few Climate Sites pages at top right. You can explore cartoons, quotes, Quora.com, the great (and new) term of “greenwishing,” how much climate change is likely, why we’re under-estimating climate risk, and the carbon offset resources you can access via the Climate Web. Note that clicking on the links at top right won’t take you away from this Climate Web introduction.

Click on some of the links at right to learn more about how to understand and master the Climate Web, how to leverage the Climate Web for your own purposes, and how to take advantage of our knowledge overlays to the Climate Web, “Your Climate Change MBA . . . and PhD.”

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.

Ten years ago, when Simon Dietz of the London School of Economics planned to teach a climate change course for business executives, he could not find a textbook for the course. The Climatographers were asked to wrote that textbook, published in 2012 under the title The Changing Profile of Corporate Climate Change Risk.


Since then the business and climate change conversation has gotten much more complicated. No book today can be comprehensive enough or remain current long enough to successfully play the role of covering the topic of climate change for a business audience.

Today, the Climatographers can use the Climate Web to create customized knowledge structures, including Climate Sites, for your easy reference and use. 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.

Your questions, suggestions, and feedback are welcome at info@climatographer.com And by the way, you can always jump directly into the Climate Web at https://www.theclimateweb.org. But familiarizing yourself with it via the resources pointed to above is usually a good idea!

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