Mildenberger essay in Scientific American on racist roots of the Tragedy of the Commons

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Matto recently published a piece in Scientific American on the legacy of Garrett Hardin for modern environmentalism. As he writes, Hardin’s work was animated by a difficult legacy of discrimination and racism. We need to find new metaphors if we want to build a just and vibrant climate future.

You can read his essay here:

2018 Climate Opinion Maps Released

Updated maps that show the distribution of US climate and energy opinions at the local level have been released. These maps now include fourteen new variables, including perceived experiences related to global warming and support for a carbon tax. Mildenberger is one of the lead researchers preparing and developing these maps through the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

You can explore these maps for yourself here.

Mildenberger & Stokes post in Mischiefs of Faction on Vox

In response to the New York Times Magazine article on the US failure to address climate change during the 1980s, Matto Mildenberger and Leah Stokes wrote an article for the Mischiefs of Faction blog on Vox

They argue that human nature is an insufficient explanation for delay on climate policy. Instead, interest groups and partisanship must be included in the discussion.

You can read the post here.

Stokes' op-ed on climate change published in LA Times

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Leah Stokes recently published an op-ed in the Sunday print edition of the LA Times on how the absence of media reporting on climate change during extreme weather events and disasters. This is particularly the case for local news media.

She argues that journalists need to do a better job explaining the climate impacts that are already happening across the planet. The public can also reach out to news media to ask them to report on climate change.

Stokes' "Mercury Game" continues to be played around the world

The Mercury Game, a free negotiation simulation that Leah Stokes wrote with Noelle Selin and Larry Susskind, continues to be played around the world to train scientists and policymakers alike.


Most recently, it was played in June 2018 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with a group of around 35 scientists from across the world as part of the Science Diplomacy workshop. The game was also played at this workshop in 2017, and Leah Stokes attended both events, helping to teach negotiation skills to these scientists.


The game was also recently played as part of a regional workshop on science diplomacy in South Africa, as part of a partnership between the American Association for the Advancement of Science and The World Academy of Sciences. 

The game has also been recently played as part of training at the Pakistan Foreign Service.

Research co-led by Mildenberger recognized with AAPOR's Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award for contributions to public opinion research

The American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) recently awarded its 2018 Warren J. Mitofsky Innovator's Award to the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) for its work to model climate and energy opinions at state and local scales. Matto is one of the project leads on this research project, a long-term research effort he has been spearheading for the past 6 years. Matto's climate and energy downscaling work has resulted in a number of high profile publications, coverage on the front page of the NY Times, and extensive attention within advocacy communities.

The Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award recognizes accomplishments in the fields of public opinion and survey research that occurred in the past ten years or that had their primary impact on the field during the past decade. In the award citation, AAPOR commended the team for its use of a "new statistical method to downscale national public opinion estimates using multiple regression and post stratification (MRP) survey data collection methodology."