As you head to Christmas meals with family this year, some of those you deal with might still be questioning climate science. The New York Times recently published a fantastic set of resources to help you deal with these skeptics.

Here it is for you:

Websites and Fact Sheets

Skeptical Science — This stalwart’s “Arguments” page lists 197 common myths about climate change (“It’s the sun”) alongside what the science actually says (“In the last 35 years of global warming, sun and climate have been going in opposite directions”). It’s all backed by abundant research.

Climate Change: How Do We Know? — With a multitude of visuals, and using language that you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand, NASA dissects the evidence, causes and effects of climate change. You might want to bookmark the FAQ page.

The 12 Questions Every Climate Activist Hears and What to Say — This PDF from The Climate Reality Project will arm you with evidence-based answers to the “most common arguments against man-made climate change.”


Why Climate Change Is Anti-Justice — Talia Buford, a ProPublica reporter, offers an introduction to the subject of environmental justice on the PBS show “Hot Mess.” Also worth a click: this video from its sister show “It’s Okay to Be Smart” explaining where that “97 percent of climate scientists agree” statistic originated, and this video divvying climate science into 24 parts.

13 Misconceptions About Global Warming: Got six minutes? Then watch Derek Muller, host of the YouTube channel Veritasium and holder of a doctorate in physics education research, offer humorous rebuttals to more than a dozen common climate myths.


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