AAAS seeks at every opportunity to increase the volume of scientific leadership on the issue of global climate change. Background materials on AAAS efforts related to climate change and links to relevant resources are provided here.
2007 AAAS Video on Climate Change
Arctic Thaw Exposes
14 January 2013
Polar Ice: A Disappearing Act
29 November 2012
“N.C. can’t outlaw global climate change,” Alan I. Leshner and William L. Chameides, The News & Observer
1 August 2012
Statement of the AAAS Board Of Directors
18 May 2010
AAAS Reaffirms Statement on Climate Change and Integrity
4 December 2009
Letter to Members of the U.S. Senate by AAAS and 17 Other Groups
21 October 2009
AAAS Board Statement on Climate Change
9 December 2006
AAAS offers plain-language insight, based on the latest science, in a Q&A on climate change.
The AAAS Communicating Science program helps scientists and engineers to effectively convey the science behind global climate change. AAAS and its journal Science also provide objective, authoritative scientific information to help inform the public, and to guide science policy decisions.
In February 2009, the AAAS Annual Meeting highlighted environmental issues, particularly during a plenary lecture by former U.S. vice president Al Gore.
In February 2007, AAAS organized a town hall-style meeting to highlight the human impacts of climate change, and to showcase science- and technology-based strategies for confronting the issue. Video and presentation material can be viewed online.
AAAS op-ed articles help to explain the scientific evidence related to climate change. In December 2009, for example, the AAAS CEO’s op-ed in the Washington Post responded to an essay by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
- Communicating and Learning About Global Climate Change: An Abbreviated Guide for Teaching Climate Change, from Project 2061 at AAAS.
- AAAS Climate Change Movie: “Communicating and Learning About Global Climate Change,” AAAS’s new 12-minute video on climate change, can be viewed online as RealVideo or downloaded as Windows Media.
- Cutting Carbon Emissions: The Stabilization Wedge game, a unique, hands-on learning tool, helps students learn the impacts of different strategies for reducing greenhouse gases.
- Carbon Footprint Calculator: Check your carbon footprint online at Zerofootprint.
- Top 50 Things To Do To Stop Global Warming: A practical list from GlobalWarming-Facts.info.
- CO2 Emissions Calculator: Explore the National Academy of Sciences interactive carbon dioxide emissions calculator
- Browse resources at the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academies
- Leshner, Chameides: Fear and Ideology Should Not Trump Climate Science in North Carolina, 1 August 2012
- Science: Once-Rare Butterfly Is Benefitting From Climate Change, 24 May 2012
- Science: Sea Level Rise Could Be Bad, But Not as Bad as Some Models Suggest, 4 May 2012
- AAAS Reaffirms Strong Opposition to Tennessee’s Controversial “Monkey Bills”, 21 March 2012
- U.S. Climate Scientists Visit Capitol Hill for Intensive Day of Bridge-Building, 7 February 2012
- AAAS Coalition Explores Perspectives of Indigenous Communities on Climate Change, 6 February 2012
- Science: A Focus on Methane and Black Carbon Could Hasten Control of Global Warming, 12 January 2012
- Climate Change Creates Need for Better Extreme Weather Preparation, Experts Say, 19 December 2011
- Species’ Ranges Are Shifting Faster Than Expected in Warming Climate, 18 August 2011
- AAAS Board: Attacks on Climate Researchers Inhibit Free Exchange of Scientific Ideas, 29 June 2011
- AAAS to School Officials: Climate Change is Real, 6 June 2011
- A Warming Climate Could Wither Crop Yields, 6 April 2011
- AAAS S&T Policy Fellows Make Key Contributions to New Report on Adapting to Climate Change, 15 December 2010
- On a Gloomy Landscape for U.S. Energy Policy, Experts See Rays of Hope, 1 December 2010
- Author and Historian Questions Whether “Fixing the Sky” Can Address Climate Change, 22 October 2010
- Changing Climate Poses Food Supply and Security Concerns, Experts Say at Hill Briefing, 22 June 2010
- AAAS Panel Says Issues Beyond Cap and Trade Are Critical for Climate Change Discussions, 18 June 2010
- Science Magazine’s State of the Planet 2008-2009: with a Special Section on Energy and Sustainability, Donald Kennedy (Editor), with contributions by John Holdren (2009), Island Press, 216pp ISBN: 9781597264068