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Climate Change

Chapter-by-chapter updates:

  1. What is the Greenhouse Effect?
  2. What Makes CO2 so special?
  3. What Are the Greenhouse Gases?
  4. What Is Global Warming?
  5. How Can We Measure Carbon Dioxide?
  6. Is the Atmosphere Really Changing?
  7. What's the Controversy About?
  8. What Are the Consequences of Global Warming?
  9. What are the Governments Doing about Climate Change?
  10. What do you think about Global Climate Change?

General Resources for Climate Change:

100 Views of Climate Change (Colorado State University) - archive has  recorded lectures on climate change.

100.org - see The Solutions Project - http://thesolutionsproject.org ...specific plans, by locale, for energy mixes that are 100% renewable energy.

Alliance for Climate Education -  https://acespace.org - 2016 initiative: Our Climate Our Future (http://www.ourclimateourfuture.org), a multimedia experience that educates young people about the science of climate change and empowers them to take action. It brings the ACE Assembly on climate science and solutions online, with dynamic animation, music, video and interactivity. Teacher resources:
    • Climate science, told through animation
    • Stories from young people across the country
    • Innovative climate solutions
    • Opportunities for student action via trivia, texting, social media and a new campaign, The Get Loud Challenge (http://getloudchallenge.org).

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Resources on Climate Change.

"Americans and Climate Change -- Closing the Gap Between Science and Action" - an interesting book that looks at American attitudes around this issue. It's a synthesis of insights and recommendations from the 2005 Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Conference on Climate Change. © 2006 Free download.

Animations - https://www.climatecommunication.org/news/new-animations/

Climate Central - http://www.climatecentral.org/

Climate Change Negotiations Simulation—World Climate https://www.climateinteractive.org/tools/world-climate/  

Climate Change Education.org

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Change page.

Fight Global Warming website - has interactive calculator, "Calculate Your Impact" that helps you take a personal pollution inventory and see how you can help.

Go Zero -Program of the Conservation Fund - measure and offset your carbon dioxide emissions by planting trees.

Haiku on climate change - http://daily.sightline.org/2013/12/16/the-entire-ipcc-report-in-19-illustrated-haiku/ 

Humor and climate change

IGLO - International Action on Global Warming - IGLO is a project of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), with goals to raise public awareness about the impact of global warming, support the aims and objectives of the International Polar Year (IPY), and the particular ways that the Polar Regions profoundly influence the Earth's climate, environments, ecosystems, and human society.


Lots of interesting material on the subject of Climate Change may be found on the website of STEPHEN H. SCHNEIDER at Stanford University.

National Center for Science Education website     "Long respected for its work in defending and supporting the teaching of evolution in the public schools, in 2012 NCSE launched this new initiative to defend and support the teaching of climate change."

NASA climate education resources - climate.nasa.gov

News and Blogs

Lessons and Activities

Multimedia and Interactives

Facts and Figures


Join the Conversation

National Research Council (NRC) / National Academy of Sciences


One Cool Planet - listings of media resources, curriculum guides, background information on global warming. From Science Communications Consultants.

Our Common Earth - http://www.ourcommonearth.org/ - a website devoted to information about climate change, organized so visitors can look for articles by topics and/or from their value perspectives (liberal, conservative, secular, faith-based, youths, elders). 

Presidential candidates stances on Climate Change.

RealClimate.org - http://www.realclimate.org - see online lectures:

Simulations & Games list from UCAR.

The Solutions Project - http://thesolutionsproject.org - ...specific plans, by locale, for energy mixes that are 100% renewable energy.

The Stop Global Warming Virtual March - is a non-political effort bringing Americans together to declare that global warming is here now and it's time to act.

Union of Concerned Scientists website has climate change material on its Global Warming page and on the Publications page.

US Climate Data - http://www.usclimatedata.com

American Geophysical Union (AG) position statement

Human Impacts on Climate
Adopted by Council December 2003
Revised and Reaffirmed December 2007
American Geophysical Union (AG) position statement Human Impacts on Climate Adopted by Council December 2003 Revised and Reaffirmed December 2007 Excerpt: The Earth's climate is now clearly out of balance and is warming. Many components of the climate system-including the temperatures of the atmosphere, land and ocean, the extent of sea ice and mountain glaciers, the sea level, the distribution of precipitation, and the length of seasons-are now changing at rates and in patterns that are not natural and are best explained by the increased atmospheric abundances of greenhouse gases and aerosols generated by human activity during the 20th century. Global average surface temperatures increased on average by about 0.6¡C over the period 1956-2006. As of 2006, eleven of the previous twelve years were warmer than any others since 1850. The observed rapid retreat of Arctic sea ice is expected to continue and lead to the disappearance of summertime ice within this century. Evidence from most oceans and all continents except Antarctica shows warming attributable to human activities. Recent changes in many physical and biological systems are linked with this regional climate change....