An Introduction To Climate Progress And Its Top Posts

For newcomers, this is intended as an introduction to Climate Progress.

Regular readers will find links to some of our best content on climate and clean energy, continually updated (and always accessible by clicking on the “Newcomers, start here” link atop the right hand bar). Please post in the comments any suggestions you have for what you would like to see on this page.

We try to inform and entertain here — and be a one-stop-shop for anyone who wants the inside view on climate science, solutions, and politics. A key goal is to save readers’ time, save you from wading through the sea of irrelevant information — or outright disinformation — on climate and energy that pervades the media and blogosphere.

Climate Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, was launched in August 2006, with me posting only once (!) a day. Over time, this blog morphed into a true community of interest on climate and energy, with some of the top experts and activists guest posting, sharing their thoughts in interviews, and even commenting regularly — people like climate author and activist Bill McKibben.

In June 2010, Time magazine named Climate Progress one of the 25 “Best Blogs of 2010″ — and one of the “top five blogs Time writers read daily.”

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I’m the founder and editor. Tom Friedman described me in a 2009 column as “Joe Romm, a physicist and climate expert who writes the indispensable blog”

I was also Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 1997, where I oversaw $1 billion in R&D, demonstration, and deployment of low-carbon technology. So this blog focuses as much on solutions as it does on science and politics. You can read a longer bio here.

Last year, we added a first-rate reporter Stephen Lacey, who is now Deputy Editor for Climate Progress. He edits content for publication and writes on a variety of clean energy issues. Before joining Climate Progress, he was an editor/producer with

We are now merging with ThinkProgress Green, and that means we’ll be adding two new regular bloggers, Jessica Goad, manager of research and outreach for CAP’s Public Lands Project, and Rebecca Leber, a ThinkProgress blogger and research assistant. They join Stephen, me, and all the regular Climate Progress contributors from the CAP energy team and blogging news room.

This team, together with our endless quest to re-post, excerpt, and/or link to the best climate and content from around the web, now more than ever makes Climate Progress the one place you need for news.

In 2009, Time named me a “Hero of the Environment″ and “The Web’s most influential climate-change blogger.” I write from what I call a climate realist perspective — the emerging scientific view that on our current greenhouse gas emissions path we are poised to destroy the livability of the climate for centuries to come. The most important post that lays out that case is:


Humanity’s Choice (via M.I.T.):  Inaction (“No Policy”) eliminates most of the uncertainty about whether or not future warming will be catastrophic.  Aggressive emissions reductions dramatically improves humanity’s chances.

Some other key climate science overview posts include:

Another good post is Royal Society Special Issue on Global Warming Details ‘Hellish Vision’ of 7°F (4°C) World — Which We May Face in the 2060s! “In such a 4°C world, the limits for human adaptation are likely to be exceeded in many parts of the world, while the limits for adaptation for natural systems would largely be exceeded throughout the world.” This would be the worst-case for the 2060s, but is in any case, close to business as usual for 2090s.

We also spend a lot of time describing the solution(s). Fundamentally we have most of the needed technology now (or soon will), and avoiding catastrophe requires only a very small fraction of the nation’s and world’s wealth — one tenth of a penny on the dollar:

Stephen Lacey has created a portfolio of chart-filled posts that dive deeper into the individual clean energy solutions and how they have been starting to achieve significant market penetration and sharp drops in cost:

We also spend a lot of time keeping readers up on the politics of energy and climate action:

We’ll have a special focus on lands issues thanks to the CAP and CAPAF’s Public Lands Project:  Christy Goldfuss, Director; Tom Kenworthy, Senior Fellow; and Jessica Goad.  The project is designed to build support for policies that protect the continually diminishing wide-open spaces found on America’s public lands.  They cover issues affecting national parks, national monuments, national forests, and other places that belong to all Americans, not just the wealthy few.

Public Lands Team top/best posts:

  • Romney To Nevadans: I Don’t Know ‘What The Purpose Is’ Of Public Lands (Hint: They Pump $1 Billion Into the State Economy)
  • VIDEO: Rep. Cliff Stearns Wants To Sell Off Our National Parks
  • GOP Budget Calls For Fire Sale Of Public Lands While Preserving $40 Billion In Tax Breaks To Big Oil
  • Scientist Who Testified In Support of Mining Around the Grand Canyon Stands to Make $225,000 from It
  • Republican Messaging For Energy Hearing: Oversight of Drilling a Problem; Sick Constituents Not So Much

And then there is the offbeat stuff:

Oh, and peak oil stuff:

And the media criticism:

And here’s two of my best written posts:

Finally, over time, we expect to be update this page and adding more ways to access our archive.

Please post in the comments any suggestions you have for what would make this page most useful to you.

21 Responses to An Introduction To Climate Progress And Its Top Posts

  1. Paul Magnus says:

    Like the change/emphasis. Like the title. Like that its at the top.

    Was the 100% green title background chosen on purpose?

  2. Steve says:


    It might help to explain how your moderation policy works. Thanks. Great website!

  3. Mark Shapiro says:

    Do you want the key overview posts to open in new windows?

  4. It just boggles my mind that people still argue that climate change (global warming in my opinion) is here and real.

  5. Zach says:

    Think this is a great move for you all. Congrats & good luck!

    & also like that Climate is at the top of the list :D

    @Paul: the 100% green background is just indicating that you are in the ‘Climate’ section — 100% yellow if you switch to ‘Economy’. But has a nice effect with Climate’s placement at the top. :D

  6. Raul M. says:

    That’s much work Joe and friends , thanks.

  7. john atcheson says:

    Great post!

  8. I think that the shift from Romm to Climate is a good decision, particularly as more authors are contributing and material is pulled in from elsewhere on the web. With that said, however, Romm is someone I am much more familiar with and greatly trust, and while I will warm up to the others, “brand” (if I may call it that) means something for me (e.g., a reputation for hard-hitting reporting by someone with an expert grasp of the science and what’s at stake) and probably will for others as well. There are reasons why this is the first and last place some people go for news each day, and they need to see that, despite the rebranding, those reasons are still here. Just something to keep in mind.

  9. prokaryotes says:

    I think i have to reblog this.

  10. mark e says:

    Congrats on the merge, I’m looking forward to experiencing the result. Two bits of feedback,

    MIT Graphic…

    I love that one, except for their darn use of green for 3-4C. I shudder to think what 3-4C really means. Sure its better than 7C, but it hardly merits “green”.

    Green banner….

    Suppose a conservative-leaning reader comes to these pages, and for a brief moment is open to the message…. I wonder if the green will inadvertently create yet another psychological obstacle for them to overcome?

  11. prokaryotes says:

    Yes, just from a design standpoint, the color for the climate and energy is blue, as i understand it. BUt they did not tempered with the colors yet, since green has been the color here before. But maybe they do a small design update? However, im comfortable with green as well, but i would prefer a blueish style for personal and above reasons.

  12. Peter says:

    A very good idea to merge CP and Think Progress Green.

  13. Joe Romm says:

    Thanks. I am the Editor in Chief as I always have been. There is a long story about how it came to be “Romm” but in any case I agree with you that the shift is good.

    I am hoping people will realize that this merger truly makes this the first and last place to come for news.

  14. Andy Hultgren says:

    Joe, I’d add to the list your post on climate sensitivity. It was an excellent resource for those looking to dig deeper.

  15. David F. says:

    I like the new layout & the merger certainly makes sense. Hopefully, this will also increase visibility and readership for your blog.

  16. prokaryotes says:

    Till 2004..

    2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami

    This earthquake was the biggest in the Indian Ocean in some 700 years, or since around A.D. 1400

  17. tcruwithme says:

    Hey Joe, thanks for the great article. I sent it to several interested friends in hopes they start to read Climate Progress as much as I do.

  18. It was very useful when you had the top posts on the right side of each page. That has been replaced by top tweets, which I don’t care about at all. How about putting these top posts somewhere where they will always be visible?

  19. wili says:

    I’d like to second that motion.

    It is important that those new to the site can quickly come to an understanding of the basics. It is also useful to be able to direct people to a link that is in the top or side bar when their question has already been dealt with effectively.

  20. Mark E says:

    Third the motion