In the NewsClimate ConnectionsSeptember 19, 2017

Mapping-out climate change impacts on real life

Different people want to know different things about climate change, and the Climate Impact Lab is among those trying to help them make those connections. The group on its website features an interactive map so users can explore the past, present, and future of extreme temperatures in 25,000 locales around the world. In this profile, Lab co-director Michael Greenstone, who leads the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, explains the mission of the work. “We’re trying to give people and communities a sense of what climate change is going to mean on the ground for them,” Greenstone says. By connecting data-driven climate damages to social and economic impacts, he says, the group aims to make the issue more relevant for policymakers, investors, business leaders, and households.