About Climate Now

Explaining the key scientific ideas, technologies, and policies relevant to the global climate crisis.

Climate Now is a multimedia resource on the science and economics of climate change, covering the key scientific theories underpinning our understanding of how and why the climate is changing, clean energy technologies, important research, and policies relevant to the climate crisis and the energy transition. Our mission is to provide policy makers, business leaders, investors and journalists with the scientific and economic context necessary to make good decisions about policy formulation, capital allocation, and narrative focus.

Featured Experts

Roger Aines

Roger Aines is the Energy Program Chief Scientist in E Program at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, which conducts government and private sector research in clean energy technology. Roger leads the Carbon Initiative, which aims to understand, develop, and implement technologies for the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, so-called negative emissions technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Carleton College, and Doctor of Philosophy in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Ian Bolliger

Ian Bollinger is a Climate Data Scientist for the Energy & Climate practice at Rhodium Group, an independent research organization. He constructs and applies simulation-based models to understand the economic impacts of climate change, with a focus on extreme event risk.

Christine Cadigan

Christine Cadigan serves as the Senior Director of the Family Forest Carbon Program for the American Forest Foundation (AFF). The Family Forest Carbon Program is a partnership between AFF and The Nature Conservancy, dedicated to empowering family and individual woodland owners to actively care for their woods and increase the carbon sequestered and stored in them. She has her Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

Tamma Carleton

Tamma Carleton is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara and an affiliate of the Climate Impact Lab. She is an environmental and resource economist, focusing on questions at the intersection of environmental change and economic development.

Susan Cook-Patton

Susan Cook-Patton is a Senior Forest Restoration Scientist at The Nature Conservancy and author of the Reforestation Hub: an effort to identify reforestation opportunities around the US to increase carbon intake.

Steve Csonka

Steve Csonka is the Executive Director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) which serves as a liaison between the clean energy and aviation industries. Steve is a commercial aviation professional with 35+ years of broad airline and fuels experience, and a strong technical background in commercial aircraft/engine life-cycle, from design through operations.

Kerry Emanuel

Kerry Emanuel is a Professor of Atmospheric Science and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a prominent climate scientist, as well as an author, and has published works relating to the history and science of hurricanes, global warming, atmospheric convection, and flood modeling.

Bob Kopp

Bob Kopp is a climate scientist, geobiologist, and climate policy scholar and Director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, as well as a director of the Climate Impact Lab. His research focuses on understanding uncertainty in past and future climate change, with a major emphasis on sea-level change and the interactions between physical climate change and the economy.

Matthew Langholtz

Matthew Langholtz is a Natural Resource Economist in the Bioenergy Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a lead author of the 2016 Billion Ton Report assessing the potential supply of biomass in the United States for the US Department of Energy.

Eric Larson

Eric Larson is one of the lead authors of the Princeton Net-Zero America report, quantifying the amount, cost, and pace of energy technology and infrastructure deployments needed across the US to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. He is also a Senior Research Engineer leading the Energy Systems Analysis Group at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, and a Senior Scientist with Climate Central, a nonprofit, non-partisan science and media organization.

Sergey Paltsev

Sergey Paltsev is the Deputy Director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, the MIT Energy-at-Scale Center, and a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Energy Initiative and MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. He is also the lead modeler in charge of the MIT Economic Projection and Policy Analysis model of the world economy. His research covers energy economics, climate policy, and advanced energy technologies.

Daniel Richter

Daniel Richter is the VP of Government Affairs at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby where he oversees the research program and interacts regularly with Congressmembers to advocate for national climate change legislation. He holds a PhD in Oceanography from UC San Diego.

Caroline Spears

Caroline Spears is the Executive Director at Climate Cabinet, an organization that informs political candidates on climate problems and solutions. She holds an MS in Atmospheric and Energy Engineering from Stanford University.

Gerald Tuskan

Gerald Tuskan is the CEO at the Center for Bioenergy Innovation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he researches plant genetics to develop ideal biomass for energy use.

Ben Wiley

Ben Wiley is a Professor of Chemistry at Duke University where he studies materials and methods for improving the efficiency of water electrolysis to create hydrogen for energy use.

Climate Now Team

James Lawler

James Lawler is the founder of Climate Now. James started Climate Now as a way to learn about climate change and our energy system. Climate Now’s mission is to distill and communicate the science of our changing climate, the technologies that could help us avoid a climate crisis, and the economic and policy pathways to achieve net zero emissions globally. James is also the founder of Osmosis Films, a creative studio.

Dr. Ozak Esu

Dr. Ozak Esu is a video host at Climate Now. She is a Chartered Engineer and STEM Education Ambassador working in the built environment industry. Inspired by her lived experience of energy poverty growing up in Nigeria, she chose to pursue a career in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, receiving her PhD. in wind energy from Loughborough University, UK. Ozak is keen to contribute her knowledge and to be a voice for regions often underrepresented in conversations about climate change and a sustainable energy future.

Katherine Gorman

Katherine Gorman is a podcast host for Climate Now. She has worked for terrestrial public radio stations across the US, and is also co-host of the podcast “The Talking Machines”.  She is excited to democratize the climate conversation and to learn and share knowledge from experts in the field.

Emma Crow-Willard

Emma Crow-Willard is managing producer at Climate Now. She conducted research with the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory team and Planetary Ices Group before moving into environmental film production, and has produced videos for clients around the world including the ACLU, VF Corporation, and National Geographic. Emma is eager to bring her technical background to good use at Climate Now!

Erika Moreno

Erika Moreno is a science writer for Climate Now. Her background includes a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Climate Science and Policy from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from University of California San Diego. She is passionate about factual and effective climate science communication and is excited to help Climate Now equip members of the public and private sectors with the information they need to help in the fight against climate change. 

Jenni Castoe

Jenni Castoe is the marketing and social media coordinator at Climate Now. She studied journalism and political science at Penn State University where she was an environmental science teaching assistant. Jenni is excited to use her background in media to effectively communicate climate science and its solutions to help individuals enter the climate conversation with a scientific understanding.

Josh Eriksen

Josh Eriksen is the art director at Climate Now where he creates video and still graphics. From lower-thirds to complex data visualization, he ensures our content provide a beautiful and clear visual experience for every audience. The mission of aggregating the most reputable and current research and findings on climate change, and then making that information accessible to neophytes and experts alike excites him. It’s a lofty goal, yes, but Josh believes in Climate Now’s potential to inspire and affect change in support of a healthier planet.

Anna La Roche

Anna La Roche is the video editor for Climate Now. She works throughout the post-production process to create everything from an initial rough cut through to the final piece. She develops, maintains, and applies the vision of the project to each edit and works hand-in-hand with the producer to deliver a successful final film. Anna is excited to understand climate change more deeply and to help spread that knowledge because this is an issue that affects everyone, and truly understanding is the first step to combating it.

Megumi Yoshida

Megumi Yoshida is the junior video editor for Climate Now. Through working on Climate Now, Meg has appreciated the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of climate change. As someone who grew up with chronic illnesses, it has always been clear to her the urgent necessity to improve the quality of our environment, especially for the most vulnerable amongst us. Meg strongly believes that education is a critical factor in bringing about actual change. She is excited to join the Climate Now team to bring forward this important and timely series.

Liz Najman

Liz Najman is a science writer for Climate Now. She is a Brooklyn-based atmospheric scientist with a professional background in communications and project management. Although trained in quantitative research and analysis, Liz is happiest when she is working to make the technical accessible to all. She is excited to be part of a project that is mainstreaming scientific thought and providing people with information needed to be climate informed and aware. 

Eric Niiler

Eric Niiler is a science writer for Climate Now. He is a contributing writer at WIRED covering climate and technology and has reported on climate change from Estonia to Antarctica in the past decade. Niiler also teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University and develops video scripts with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. He believes climate change is the world’s top story right now, and is excited to be part of the Climate Now team.