1 Climate change

Resources explaining climate science, climate change and climate impacts – mostly from a standpoint in favour of the theory of man-made global warming due to carbon emissions.

A good place to start looking at the man-made global warming theory (anthropogenic warming) is the popular Al Gore global warming film,  An Inconvenient Truth (this is a summarised version giving the main arguments, but links can be found to all the episodes on You Tube if you wish to watch it all.) 

Stephen Schneider video (12 mins) setting out the problem of convincing people that anthropogenic global warming is a reality:

IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.    www.ipcc.ch

Video about the December 2014 IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis Report:

A-Z of climate change jargon: a number of key terms like “carbon capture”, “pumped storage” etc. briefly explained. http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/climate-change/atoz/

British Meteorological Office provides a wealth of information on climate. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-guide

What factors determine earth’s climate? http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg1/en/faq-1-1.html

The IPCC 2007 Fourth Assessment Report

97 Hours of Consensus. This is fun! Click on each figure to get a scientist quote on global warming!

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NASA site: Global Climate Change – Vital Signs of the Planet  http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/  See the first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA’s new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission demonstrate its performance and promise, showing elevated carbon dioxide concentrations across the Southern Hemisphere from springtime biomass burning.  NASA Education Pages  The introduction explains the pro-warming stance: “These key ideas relate to the causes and effects of human-induced climate change. The potential for human activities to increase the temperature of the Earth through greenhouse gas emissions has been described and calculated for over a century. Volumes of scientific research across multiple scientific disciplines now support this principle.”

Carbon Brief: a UK blog providing background issue briefings, analysis and fact checks on climate science and energy policy media coverage.

Department of Energy and Climate Change: website detailing the latest government policy, publications and announcements on climate change and energy.

DECC My2050: online interactive computer game, to explore practical ways to cut UK emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

Met Office my climate and me: Q+As and video clips on climate change and climate change impacts answered by experts.

Met Office climate change guide: Online FAQs covering the basics of climate science and climate change.

NASA: Evidence for climate change from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Royal Society (PDF): “Climate change: a summary of the science” is a report reviewing the evidence for climate change.

Science Media Centre: evidence-based summary issue briefings on climate change on themes ranging from polar ice loss to changes in global temperature.

Skeptical Science blog: a blog examining climate change science based on peer-reviewed scientific literature and rebutting climate change misinformation.

The Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government: Sir John Beddington’s review of the science of climate change.

The Committee on Climate Change: FAQs and explanatory articles on themes including ‘the science of climate change’, ‘mitigation’ (cutting emissions), adaptation (coping with potential impacts) and the legal context (legislation in place to tackle climate change). The CCC is an independent, statutory body set up under the Climate Change Act of 2008 to advice the UK government on tackling climate change.

The Guardian Ultimate Climate Change FAQ: short explanatory articles written by experts on topics ranging from the basics of climate science through to policy options to manage climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): answers to FAQs about climate change, from the scientific body established by the United Nations Environment Programme and World Meteorological Organisation to provide the latest scientific view on the state of knowledge on climate change and its potential impacts.

The Science Museum: information on climate change to accompany their Atmosphere gallery exhibition – what might happen and our future choices.

The UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (PDF): government report from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), setting out the latest evidence on climate risks faced by the UK (PDF).

The Grantham Institute at the London School of Economics looks at the economics of climate change, and “aims to inform policy and academic debate”. It is funded by a grant of twelve million pounds   http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/climate-change/

“It is disappointing that the new framework does not make explicit that pupils should learn about the potential impacts of unmanaged climate change, as well as strategies for adapting and for mitigation through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, the Department gives the impression that it is still reluctant to respond to the recommendations of experts about the need to include climate change in lessons." http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/news/comment-on-climate-change-in-the-national-curriculum/

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National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation’s treasure of climate and historical weather data and information. Paleoclimatology: where do we get our information about past climate? http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/what-are-proxy-data

NOAA Arctic pages: http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/index.shtml

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