NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES  Communicating Climate Change Information  The many opinions about climate change argue for ...

NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES  Communicating Climate Change Information  The many opinions about climate change argue for a careful approach to communicating information. It is all too easy to adopt extreme ideas of various sorts that may not be supported by research, which is itself continuing and subject to revision and verification. For these reasons the information presented here attempts to walk a line between at least some of the thoughts that have appeared on this subject, and perhaps to reach a point closer to what may eventually turn out to be true.  A useful starting point is the background information on climate change given by Wikipedia. That may be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change ;   Pay close attention to the history of developing research on this topic, and to the fact that the effects involve both natural processes and the activities of human civilizations.  Moving on to the article by Pidgeon and Fischhoff, it becomes clear that a major challenge will continue to be explaining the uncertainties that may occur in the future. That article can be found here: http://climate-action.engin.umich.edu/CLIMATE_530_Uncertainty_Stationarity_Readings/Pidgeon_Fischhoff_Communicating_Uncertainty_Nature_CC_2011.pdf ; Because of its critical importance, public understanding of climate science deserves the strongest possible communications science to convey the practical implications of large, complex, and uncertain physical, biological and social processes.  You may note that some of the information about this topic is from earlier work, and thus may have been overtaken by later developing events. A search of the literature on communicating climate change will reveal more recent articles, including work by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2019. For more information about the National Academy study, see http://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices/cci/ ;