Sources and References
General information sites on climate change, including the sites in the References for Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World
These contain an abundance of information and further connections on this deep and complex subject.
A group of climate scientists have their own site to explain global warming and respond to critics and challenges to their science. -- RealClimate.org
For teachers and parents wanting a large variety of educational resources, the most complete site of its kind -- Climate Change Education
NEW Jet Propulsion Lab, a part of NASA, has put up a page with "Vital Signs of the Planet",
a near-real time display of CO2, temperature, sealevel and Arctic sea ice extent
Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, UK, British
Espere (Environmental Science Published for Everybody
Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA, for research reports and
news releases by James Hansen and his colleagues.
National Snow and Ice Data Center, provides an overview of the status of snow and ice as indicators of climate change. http://nsidc.org/sotc.
Natural Resources Defense Council, "Global Warming Science:
Website of a German ocean physicist, Stefan Rahmstorf of Potsdam Institute
for Climate Impact Research, presenting a "Climate Change Fact Sheet" featuring
oceans in climate
Union of Concerned Scientists, http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science.
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Portal
to a huge amount of climate information.
The outstanding and authoritative history of global warming science
by Spencer Wearth, of Princeton and the American Institute of Physics, "The
Discovery of Global Warming,"
US Global Change Research Program, official government site for research and reports - http://www.globalchange.gov/usgrcp
National Climate Data Center, more than you wanted to know about weather and climate statisitics, including hurricanes, drought, and weather extremes - http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html
Climate Institute - http://www.climate.org
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC, for the up-to-date 2007 reports - http://www.ipcc.ch
Causes of Global Warming is a listing of some of the more important sources of information -- http://www.causesofglobalwarming.org
Pacific Institute's Global Change pages, focusing on water issues - http://www.globalchange.org
Partial list of plans for national and industrial global warming reductions and energy changes (excerpted from Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World, pg 252-253). Plans for individual and household actions are abundant on the Internet.
American Solar Energy Society, "Tackling Climate Change in
Daily Kos, "Energize America," a grassroots strategic energy
Europa, European Union's strategy for climate change,
Greenpeace, "Energy Revolution: A Sustainable Pathway to a
Institute for Public Policy Research, UK, "Meeting the Climate
National Commission on Energy Policy, "Ending the Energy
Pew Center on Global Climate Change, "Agenda for Climate
Princeton Environmental Institute, Carbon Mitigation Initiative,
Rocky Mountain Institute, proposals for market-based, profitable
Set America Free Coalition, "Blueprint for US Energy Security,"
"Smarter Living," a Swiss proposal for sustainable development
Stern Review, report on the economics of climate change, http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/independent_reviews/stern_review_economics_climate_change/stern_review_report.cfm.
United Nations Foundation and Sigma Xi, "Confronting Climate
US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and
US Environmental Protection Agency, climate policy and
Worldwatch Institute and Center for American Progress,
UPDATE: In recent months other excellent plans for an energy revolution have been published, including these which indicate how the need for coal (the dirtiest of all fossil fuels which is used for much electrical generation) can be eliminated.
Clean Energy 2030
McKinsey & Company:
Lester R. Brown. Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
Al Gore's call for elimination of all coal-powered electricity in 10 years.
Arjun Makhijani. Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy