Why the Latest Energy Breakthrough Won’t Help the Climate Much

Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Cross-posted from Grist.org   We all just love a story where the suspense builds and builds, the whole tale teeters on the brink of disaster — but then, just in time, the hero or heroine saves the day. And it’s no different with climate change. As we watch this slow-motion catastrophe unfurl, we hold out […]

How to Save the Climate in Twenty Minutes

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Climate Interactive co-director Drew Jones presented results from the En-ROADS simulation to an audience at the Smithsonian Institution, at the National Museum of Natural History on October 9th. Along with Bethany Patten of MIT Sloan School of Management, Drew had twenty minutes to see if the audience’s ideas for addressing climate change were sufficient. See how they did […]

Small But Mighty: Climate Interactive Ranked 12th Best Climate Think Tank in the World

Climate Interactive placed 12th among 210 climate change economics and policy think tanks around the world, and 4th best in the United States, according to the International Center for Climate Governance. As a staff of only nine, we share this accolade with our partners, from funders to project collaborators. So many good, dedicated people have contributed to our successes. […]

Grounded in Possibility With En-ROADS

En-ROADS Scenario Presentation

At Climate Interactive we are piloting a new ways to engage people in our En-ROADS energy simulation and ground them in the options we have to address our climate and energy challenges. Like we have done with our previous simulations, we imagine reaching thousands of people to equip them with the tools to take action. Check out […]

A Scientist Heads to Capitol Hill, Climate Bathtub in Hand

Dr. Max Moehs discusses climate change with Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA).

Cultivating bridges between science and policy is essential for progress on climate change. Here Dr. Max Moehs of the American Society of Plant Biologists highlights his insights after recent meetings with members of the U.S. Congress. Impressions of Climate Science Day By: Charles Paul “Max” Moehs, Ph.D. Cross-posted from ASPB Plant Blog In 1962, when I was […]

Global Effort to Spread Climate Negotiation Simulations Takes Off

Paris, France – Source: COP in MyCity

As the U.N. climate negotiations steadily tick toward their deadline of releasing a new agreement in 2015, a global effort led by young people to have their voices heard and taken seriously in the negotiations is spreading worldwide. The initiative, COP in MyCity, is using Climate Interactive’s World Climate Exercise as the basis of their […]

Top Ten Reasons the World Needs En-ROADS — a Fast, Accessible, Free, Hands-On Global Climate and Energy Simulator

By Drew Jones, Climate Interactive Co-Director 1. Grounded hope. For climate action success, we need a scientifically based narrative of what to do. En-ROADS helps anyone (not just modelers) create such a narrative. 2. Policy-makers are using it.  Jonathan Pershing of the U.S. Department of Energy has asked for specific features and scenarios. 3. A complement to existing scientific models. Prof. John […]

Using Simulations to Transform Climate Education

Using Simulations to Transform Climate Education

With funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and Climate Interactive are partnering to bring transformative climate change education tools to educators and students.  Our newly launched project uses simulation role-playing games to put students in the shoes of decision makers, navigating complex social systems while making climate and […]

What is an Elephant? 5 Ways Systems Thinking Helps Action on Climate

Cross-posted from Climate Access. Where do you spend your time working on climate change amid the many stakeholders, complex biogeochemical processes, and thousands of laws, rules, and incentives? With limited resources, it can be challenging to know where to focus your efforts. Techniques and approaches for understanding and addressing the complex challenges we come up […]