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Daily Climate: Turning Hard Science Into Climate Change Policy Advances

 Society pays a heavy price when science gets ignored – or worse, dismissed – in public dialogue and policymaking. Examples abound but have been most notable recently on climate change, as the United States government walks away from its international commitments and ignores clear warnings on the dangers of rising emissions.

The Daily Climate helps drive science into public policy on climate change. It does so by reporting and curating important scientific developments on climate impacts, solutions, and adaptation efforts. That science, in turn, gets connected to real-world, real-time events – like what happens when two Category 4 hurricanes make landfall with higher seas. It's all driven by independent, nonpartisan and award-winning journalists. 

The Daily Climate publishes this reporting daily on its website, DailyClimate.org, and pushes it to the public via newsletters, syndication and a strong social media presence. In all, about 150,000 people encounter the online newsroom's work in any given day, with much of the audience consisting of fellow reporters, government and university scientists, lobbyists, NGO leaders and legislators and their top aides. 

With the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's help, The Daily Climate will takes its publishing and communication platforms to the next level: A new website and integrated social media strategy will allow journalists to better meet readers where they interact with news and information. Readers today exist in silos; The Daily Climate's goal is to reach across those silos and help readers relate relevant climate science to events going on in their world.

The primary aim, as always, is to move the needle. 

Since its launch in 2007, The Daily Climate has marched at the front-lines of the effort to challenge those who do not accept scientific facts and to empower those pushing for grassroots political action. Leonardo DiCaprio summed that need well in the wake of President Trump's announcement pulling out of the UN's Paris climate agreement: "Now, more than ever, we must be determined to solve climate change, and to challenge those leaders who do not believe in scientific facts or empirical truths. It is time for all of us to stand up, organize, fight back, and channel our energy into grassroots political action." 

The Daily Climate believes an engaged, scientifically literate public creates the necessary critical mass to overcome entrenched interests and address climate change. It is time for science to get loud.

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