September 27, 2019

Answers “Based on Science” by NASEM

Posted by Laura Guertin

The Global Climate Strike has passed, the UN Youth Climate Summit has concluded, and Climate Week NYC is underway (Sept. 23-29, 2019). Several events took place and resources were newly/recently released that you may have missed. I’ll be calling attention to some of these in a week of blog posts dedicated to climate conversations (see #climateconversations2019).


Although this project began earlier in the year, it is worth calling attention again to the resources focusing on climate change.


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) have created a site that provides clarity and accurate information to some of the most common questions in STEMM. The Based on Science project has categorized the questions by topic: Fluoride & Water, Weight Loss, Cancer, Vaccines, Children’s Health, Sun Safety, and Climate Change.

Here, I’ve included links to the two climate change questions answered on the site, humans are causing global warming and global warming is contributing to extreme weather events. Each page starts with the claim, the factual response, and then supporting text and links to additional sources. The responses are clear and concise and appropriate for a non-STEM audience to understand. Check them out for yourself:



Do you have a science or health question that you feel should be answered and be a part of the Based on Science collection? There is a simple interface on their website for you to type and submit your question. It would be great to see more Earth science-themed questions explained!