Climate Change Quicklinks
The following list represents many of our favorite references on Climate Change information from credible sources. Though not comprehensive, these resources offer the reader a broad and accurate orientation to the science of changing climate as it’s being researched and applied to public resources. We’re always eager to hear about additional sources; just click on the button at the bottom of the page to "contact us" with suggestions.
NASA Climate Resources for Interpreters
An annotated powerpoint describing a collection of articles and visual and interactive resources recommended by Earth to Sky.
Partner Agency Links
- http://climate.nasa.gov - Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet: The mission of “Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet” is to provide the public with accurate and timely news and information about Earth’s changing climate, along with current data and visualizations, presented from the unique perspective of NASA, the world’s leading climate research agency.
- http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov- The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about the environment, Earth systems, and climate that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and models.
- http://above.nasa.gov - NASA's Terrestrial Ecology Program is conducting a major field campaign, the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), in Alaska and western Canada, for 8 to 10 years, starting in 2015. ABoVE seeks a better understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of ecosystems and society to this changing environment.
- http://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/index.htm- Discover how climate change is affecting our nation's treasures, what the National Park Service is doing about it, and how you can help.
- https://www.nps.gov/subjects/climatechange/toolkit.htm- This toolkit is intended to complement the NPS National Climate Change Interpretation and Education Strategy, providing support for climate change communicators. It provides resources needed to effectively communicate to the public about climate change, in a park or protected area.
- http://www.fws.gov/home/climatechange - the Service is dedicated to helping reduce the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. Our 8,000 employees specialize in wildlife management and ecosystem dynamics, and have an extensive network of partners who work alongside us to ensure the sustainability of our nation’s fish and wildlife resources.
Additional Agency Links
Department of Energy
- http://energy.gov/science-innovation/climate-change - The Energy Department supports research and innovation that makes fossil energy technologies cleaner and less harmful to the people and the environment. They’re also working to increase the efficiency of appliances, homes, businesses and vehicles -- all in support of the President’s Climate Action Plan.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- http://www.ipcc.ch/index.htm - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. Periodic assessment reports are published to provide a clear and up to date view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to changing climate.
- https://www.climate.gov- a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate. Their goals are to promote public understanding of climate science and climate-related events, to make our data products and services easy to access and use, to provide climate-related support to the private sector and the Nation’s economy, and to serve people making climate-related decisions with tools and resources that help them answer specific questions.
US Global Change Research Program - National Climate Assessment
- https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/ - The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. NCA4 Volume II was thoroughly reviewed by external experts and the general public, as well as the Federal Government (that is, the NCA4 Federal Steering Committee and several rounds of technical and policy review by the 13 federal agencies of the USGCRP). An expert external peer review of the whole report was performed by an ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
- https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators - The information on this website is drawn from the fourth edition of EPA's Climate Change Indicators in the United States, published in 2016. This report presents 37 indicators, each describing trends related to the causes and effects of climate change.
- http://www.fs.usda.gov/ccrc - The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a web-based, national resource that connects land managers and decision makers with useable science to address climate change in planning and application. Current and expected climate changes have serious implications for ecosystems and the benefits they provide
Academic and Affiliated Links
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
- http://www.c2es.org/science-impacts/national-climate-assessment - an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to advance strong policy and action to address our climate and energy challenges. This is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, long recognized in the United States and abroad as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate issues.
The Discovery (History) of Global Warming
- https://www.aip.org/history/climate/index.htm - This Website created by Spencer Weart supplements his much shorter book, which tells the history of climate change research as a single story. On this Website you will find a more complete history in dozens of essays on separate topics, occasionally updated. See all his newest site - Climate Communication, Science and Outreach.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
- http://nas-sites.org/americasclimatechoices - The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are the nation’s pre-eminent source of high-quality, objective advice on science, engineering, and health matters. The operating arm of the Academies performs its studies and workshops through six major divisions; Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Earth and Life Studies, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Policy and Global Affairs, the Institute of Medicine, and the Transportation Research Board.
National Geographic Society
- http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming - Here’s what you need to know about the warming planet, how it’s affecting us, and what’s at stake from the National Geographic Society, a global nonprofit organization committed to preserving and protecting our planet.
RealClimate - Climate Science from Climate Scientists
- http://www.realclimate.org - RealClimate is a moderated forum on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. Their purpose is to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion is restricted to scientific topics and doesn’t address political or economic implications of the science.
- http://www.skepticalscience.com - The goal of Skeptical Science is to explain what peer reviewed science has to say about global warming. This website presents the broad picture by explaining the peer reviewed scientific literature.
Education and Communication Links
- http://climateinterpreter.org - Do you work or volunteer with an aquarium, zoo, national park, national marine sanctuary, or other informal science education center that is addressing climate change? Connect and share with a national community of colleagues and peers.
MetEd - COMET
- https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_detail.php- MetEd is a free collection of hundreds of training resources intended for the geoscience community. COMET has developed a suite of lessons to help you understand some of its bigger cogs. Learn about the El Nino/Southern Oscillation, the Madden-Julian Oscillation, climatology, Arctic ecosystems, and climate change.
Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
- http://climatecommunication.yale.edu - This organization conducts scientific research on public climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior, and the underlying psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence them. They also maintain climate opinion maps for providing data about perceptions and beliefs on climate for states and countries.
Carbon Mitigation Iniative
- http://cmi.princeton.edu/wedges - This is the heart of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative's (CMI) Stabilization Wedges concept, a simple framework for understanding both the carbon emissions cuts needed to avoid dramatic climate change and the tools already available to do so.
US Green Building Council
- http://www.usgbc.org/leed - SGBC is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward by sharing a vision of a sustainable built environment for all within the next generation. LEED is a certification program for buildings, homes and communities that guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance.
Social Media Links
Earth to Sky Partnership on Facebook
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/ETSgroup - This is a closed group for Earth to Sky Community members - apply for membership anytime. Discussion is focused on science and communication best practices in use across the country in a wide diversity of settings.
NASA Climate Change on Facebook
- https://www.facebook.com/NASAClimateChange -"Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet" is a premiere resource for accurate and timely news and information about Earth's changing climate, along with current data and visualizations, presented from the unique perspective of NASA, the world's leading climate research agency.
NPS Climate Change Response on Facebook
- https://www.facebook.com/NPSClimateChange -The National Park Service Climate Change Response Program is a cross-disciplinary program that provides guidance, training, technical expertise, project funding, and educational products that support our actions to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park Service.