Climate Change Resources
There’s a wealth of information about climate change from a variety of sources. Learn how to evaluate what is credible and what is not. Collected here are selected websites that pass muster with CSE as credible and valuable sources of information on climate change, including sites targeted to teachers.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):
The IPCC convenes international teams of scientists every five to seven years to assess, synthesize and summarize the large and growing scientific literature on the physical science of climate change, climate change impacts, adaptation, vulnerability, and mitigation. The IPCC reports go through rigorous, open peer-review and are considered by many to be the most authoritative, comprehensive sources of information on climate change. The IPCC assessment reports and summaries can be downloaded from their website.
NASA Global Climate Change:
The NASA Global Climate Change site provides high quality scientific overviews of climate change evidence, causes, effects, and uncertainties, access to a large number of graphics and images, interactive tools for learning about climate, information about NASA climate related research, and resources for educators. See also the website of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which provides access to their globally averaged surface temperature data, maps and graphs.
NOAA provides access to climate and weather data, education resources, information about the climate system, and climate science articles from ClimateWatch Magazine.
US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP):
The USGCRP is a multi-agency program of the federal government on climate change science and impacts. Reports that synthesize information from a wide range of research activities of the federal government are available from their website, including the 2009 report Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States.
USEPA Climate Change:
The EPA provides access to information about greenhouse gas emissions, climate change science, impacts, US policy and regulations, strategies for mitigation and adaptation, and ideas for what you can do. EPA is the official source of the US GHG emission inventory.
Cooling the Curriculum, A Learning Community for Climate Change Education:
A collection of resources for educators hosted by Dickinson College.
Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College:
Collections of resources for teaching Earth sciences and climate change.
Climate Adaptation Mitigation e-Learning (CAMEL):
An NSF funded online resource to find and share materials for teaching about climate change causes, consequences and solutions.
Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN):
A collection of reviewed education resources about climate and energy.
Essential Principles of Climate Sciences:
A useful guide for educating climate-literate citizens from the U.S. Global Change Research Program.