What is The Climate 25?

There are only a few issues more contentious than climate change in American political life. But while the climate change debate rages in some quarters, in others, most notably among those who study the climate, there is wide consensus. It’s for this reason that The Weather Channel has adopted a position on climate change that can generally be summed up as follows: we report the science, and the science consistently says climate change is real, humans are causing it, and we must prepare for its effects.

While the long-term effects of climate change are broadly agreed upon – an increase in extreme weather and changes to once-consistent weather patterns – the short-term effects can be difficult to pinpoint. “Was this particular storm caused or exacerbated by climate change?” is often unknowable.

All of the interview subjects of Climate 25 are speaking based on the fact that climate change is happening. Some subjects, however, infer from that fact and from specific weather and political events that have occurred, what the future might look like as the impacts from climate change become more common and more severe. In other words, some of these pieces feature opinions. We feel that the opinions expressed here are worth listening to and engaging with. They come from business and military leaders, from people who have seen firsthand the power of severe weather, and even from some perhaps-unexpected voices in American politics. We feel that the opinions featured here are from people who are both thoughtful and informed, and we hope you agree that these are people who are worth listening to.

Climate 25 is part of the The Weather Channel’s commitment to quality journalism, a commitment that has led us over the past two years to investigate everything from the lives of the homeless in Alaska in “Down and Out in Anchorage” to the dangers faced by undocumented migrants after they cross the U.S. border in the Polk Award-winning documentary “The Real Death Valley.”

These videos are also the culmination of a year-long project looking at climate change as a real-world problem that will require creative solutions from all points on the political spectrum. We hope it encourages thoughtful debate and, more importantly, action on an issue that will affect us all.

Neil Katz
Editor in Chief


Executive Producers: Neil Katz, Solly Granatstein, Greg Gilderman, Shawn Efran
Producer: Katie Wiggin
Editor: Brandon Kieffer
Directors of Photography: Eric Jankstrom, Greg Purpura, John Marton, Hart Perez
Coordinating Producer: Brady Leifer
Additional Editors: Daniel Kim, Gil Seltzer, Rich Wojcicki
Additional Camera: Dustin Harrison-Atlas, Liam Lee, Lawrence Abad
Layout and Design: Edecio Martinez, Lara Schenck

Published June 10, 2015