Telling the climate story: Yale researcher advises on Showtime series

On April 13, Showtime aired the first episode of “Years of Living Dangerously,” a big-budget, nine-part documentary series illustrating the impacts of climate change across the planet. Among the executive producers are Academy Award-winning director James Cameron and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

While other filmmakers have tackled the problem of climate change before, “Years”
creators Joel Bach and David Gelber wanted to make sure this story would resonate with as many viewers as possible. Early in the process they consulted with Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication at the School of Forestry and Environmental Science (F&ES). 

In an interview, Leiserowitz describes some of the advice he shared with them — including insights from his “Six Americas” research.

Leiserowitz is only one of many Yale scholars and researchers studying issues of climate change and sustainability. The following is a look at just some of those experts and their discoveries.

 

More Yale experts and research on climate change and sustainability

 

Q&A: Climate change is already here, says ‘father of green chemistry’ Paul Anastas

Environmental dollars and sense: Q&A with Robert O. Mendelsohn

Yale's Karen Seto puts focus on urbanization in new IPCC climate report

@YaleLive with Mark Bomford of the Yale Sustainable Food Project

F&ES professor Alexander Felson: Integrating ecologists into urban design

Cool head on global warming: Yale economist William Nordhaus

Some birds come first — a new approach to species conservation 

No ‘permanent El Niño,’ scientists say — and the tropics may get even hotter

Deforestation of sandy soils a greater threat to climate change

Using more wood for construction can slash global reliance on fossil fuels

Yale study: Forest emissions, wildfires explain why ancient Earth was so hot

Switzerland tops 2014 Environmental Performance Index 

For metals of the smartphone age, no Plan B

Carbon hotspots: Rivers and streams leak more CO2 than thought

Yale project targets new wave of safer chemicals

F&ES investigates: Can salt marshes keep up as sea levels rise?

What’s in the air of Nepal? Ph.D. candidate researches pollution data

High-wire science: Doctoral student blogging from the forest canopy