Learn About Global Warming with These Reliable Resources

Do you have questions about climate change? Find out where you can learn more and keep up with the latest science and news.

| December 2, 2009

  • About global warming
    Global warming has been all over the news lately, and that doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon. Keeping up with the latest information can be a challenge.

  • About global warming

If you have questions about global warming, or are trying to keep up with the news on this issue, it can be a bit overwhelming. That’s because there’s a lot going on! Not only is new scientific research coming out all the time, but there’s a lot of political action now, too — including new climate legislation being considered in the United States and around the world in the wake of the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen. It adds up to a barrage of news, information and opinions about global warming.

To help make sense of it all, we’ve put together this roundup of reliable resources for learning about climate change, including the causes, effects and possible solutions to this global problem. Whether you’re looking for answers to specific questions, or just trying to keep up with the latest news, here are a few interesting and useful resources to know about.

Global Warming Science

Obviously, not everyone agrees about the causes and effects of global warming. In addition to the climate skeptics who question that human-caused global warming even exists, there are also scientists who argue that the official statements on climate change are far too conservative and the actual impacts will be much worse than anticipated. However, there is information that a majority of climate scientists agree on.

To start with, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a brief and helpful summary that spells out what’s known, what’s very likely and what scientists are still unsure about. Here’s the EPA’s quick summary of the state of knowledge on climate change. This information is based on the 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading body for the scientific assessment of climate change. For more in-depth info, you can find the original IPCC report here, or check out the IPCC’s list of climate FAQ.

Effects of Global Warming in Your Backyard

Climate change has different effects in different regions, and you may be wondering how it will affect your part of the world. For example, can your state or region expect to get less rainfall or more? How will that affect farms, gardens and wildlife in your area? Is your location threatened by sea level rise?

If you’re from the United States, you can find answers to many of these questions in a government report that came out in June 2009 called Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States. Here’s a link to the key findings, a link to the agriculture section of the report and a map where you can check out the regional impacts of climate change.

11/29/2010 12:54:00 AM

An educated public is esential to democracy: http://climate.noaa.gov/index.jsp?pg=/education/edu_index.jsp&edu=literacy

12/13/2009 9:48:40 PM

Here is another article on climategate: http://www.politifact.org/truth-o-meter/article/2009/dec/11/climate-change-e-mails-and-copenhagen/ Robert Johnson.

12/12/2009 1:59:36 AM

Here is some info about climate change. http://americasclimatechoices.org/ http://www.aps.org/about/pressreleases/climatechange08.cfm http://www.agu.org/sci_pol/positions/climate_change2008.shtml http://www.ametsoc.org/POLICY/2007climatechange.html http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/stateofknowledge.html http://www.globalchange.gov/ http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703819904574551303527570212.html#articleTabs%3Darticle http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/ http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=11676 The IPCC is a scientific group. Some of scientist names are listed here: http://www.ipcc-wg1.unibe.ch/publications/wg1-ar4/ar4-wg1-annexes.pdf Robert Johnson.

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