Kat Grigg, Crowdsourcing Climate Change Science (with Help from Obama’s Tweet), The Solutions Journal, Volume 4, Issue 6, November 2013, Pages 26-29 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/crowdsourcing-climate-change-science-with-help-from-obamas-tweet/) Abstract: In the rainy Brisbane summer of 2011, James Powell, a geochemist and National Science Board member, and John Cook, physicist and Climate Communication Fellow at the University of Queensland, began discussing an idea. Cook had been running the website Skeptical Science since 2007 explaining what peer-reviewed science had to say about global warming and, in this way, combatting global warming denial with reason and facts. He had written numerous papers, coauthored books, and won the Eureka Prize in 2011 for the advancement of climate change knowledge. All of this, on a shoestring budget helped by donations through the site. Yet the public perception of climate change science and scientists worldwide remained muddied. During his research on the psychology behind climate change denial, Cook kept circling back to the fact that the public were less likely to support policy action on an issue if they thought scientists were still debating that issue —a fact well known not only by … Topics: Climate Change; Communication