Climate Change Information Resources
Below is a list of useful and reliable web and print sources for information about greenhouse gases and climate. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, and will be revised from time to time.
General Climate Change Websites
Information from Federal Government Sources:
Climate Science - Integrates federal research on climate and global change, as sponsored by thirteen federal agencies and overseen by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Economic Council and the Office of Management and Budget
Real Climate - Discussion of current climate science issues
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Assesses scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research - "Frequently asked questions" section (FAQs) with links to the files as downloadable PDFs in high or low resolution formats
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Includes links to detailed information on a wide range climate change areas of interest; link to EPA climate change site for kids
National Center for Atmospheric Research & the UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) Office of Programs - General information about weather, climate and climate change
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Interactive graphics showing global changes in sea level, climate; links to a variety of prerecorded webcasts
National Academy of Science - Search for "climate change" and "global warming" for information
Climate Watch - Climate and earth scientists annually contribute to a global evaluation of climate and environmental conditions over the preceding year.
Climate Change Science and Modeling - A climate change science education module developed by the USDA Forest Service
Websites Specifically Related to New York State:
The Climate Registry - Non-profit organization supporting the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions
NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) - Information and programs to support energy efficiency for businesses, schools, homes, individuals; grants available; for homeowner information; for "Energy Smart Students" curriculum workshops for educators
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) - Cooperative effort by northeast and mid-Atlantic states to establish a cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases
New York State Climate Office at Cornell - Information about climate and weather in New York State
Cornell Climate Change - Provides a portal to the climate change research, teaching, and outreach and extension programs of Cornell University
Information from Advocacy Groups:
Union of Concerned Scientists ADV - Information related to climate change in the northeast US
Pew Center on Global Climate Change - General information about climate change; follow link for "global warming basics" to reach fact sheets and downloadable PDFs on a variety of themes.
National Wildlife Federation Global Warming - Contains detailed information on many related topics
Information from Other Organizations:
Paleontological Research Institution at Cornell Univ. - "Global Change Project" with links to background information, graphics
Human Toll of Climate Change - The Center for American Progress has just created a new interactive map on the human toll of climate change. This map provides scientific information on a variety of climate change threats, compiled from multiple sources, and plots this information geographically to show areas of concern. Contributions of scientific research to the database are invited. Just click on "Add a Point" and follow the directions provided.
What We Know - This American Association for the Advancement of Science report provides an easy to read summary of the consensus science on the reality, risks and response to climate change.
Climate Change Web Pages for Children:
Pew Center on Global Climate Change site for kids - Go back to the "Home" page for detailed information written for adult audiences
U.S. EPA site for kids - General information, games and activities for kids
National Center for Atmospheric Research & the UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) Office of Programs - Activities for children related to weather and climate
Community Collaborative Rain Snow and Hail Network - Weather monitoring citizen science program for children, families and groups
Climate Change Web Pages for Parents and Teachers:
National Wildlife Federation site for families - Ideas for exploring outdoors for one hour each day
Teachers' Guide on Climate Change and Global Warming - High Quality Educational Materials provides guidance to understanding climate change materials on the web and links to other sites
Climate Hot Map - Environmental Defense, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, World Resources Institute, World Wildlife Fund. "For Educators" section contains curriculum guide with high school lesson plans and impacts of climate change in the U.S.
Union of Concerned Scientists - Materials for educators, including lesson plans
Climate Change Education - Portal site maintained by UC Berkeley. Links to climate change web sites for teachers, kids and families
National Center for Atmospheric Research & the UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) Office of Programs - Classroom ideas for upper elementary and middle schools
National Energy Education Development Project - Classroom ideas on energy education for all grade levels
National Wildlife Federation "Climate Classroom" - Includes sections for teachers, parents and kids. Downloadable PowerPoint in teacher section, with presenter's guide. Section for parents on how to talk to your kids about global warming.
Princeton University Stabilization Wedge Game - Teaches about the need to reduce CO2 emissions to limit climate change (click on "Teachers' Guide" to access PDF of game)
The Exploratorium Global Climate Change Research Explorer - Information written for teens and adults
National Climate Assessment Teaching Resources - A series of guides to help educators teach climate
- Teaching About Climate Change: cool schools tackle global warming by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn (Green Teacher, Toronto, 2001)
- The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David & Cambria Gordon (Orchard Books, Scholastic, Inc., New York, 2007)
- Why Are the Ice Caps Melting? The Dangers of Global Warming by Anne Rockwell (Collins - Let's Read-and-find-out Science, New York, 2006)
- Global Warming: Our Planet in Peril by Chris Oxlade (Bridgestone Books, Mankato, Minnesota, 2003)
- The Greenhouse Effect: Warming the Planet by Darlene R. Stille (Compass Point Books, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007)
- Earth's Changing Climate: Understanding Global Issues by Trevor Smith (Smart Apple Media, North Mankato, Minnesota, 2004)
- Global Warming: The Threat of Earth's Changing Climate by Laurence Pringle (Sea Star Books, New York, 2001)
- Is Our Planet Warming Up? by Isaac Asimov (Gareth Steven's Children's Books, Milwaukee, 1992)
- Energy: use less-save more by Jon Clift & Amanda Cuthbert (Chelsea Green Publishing Co., White River Junction, VT, 2006)
- The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook by David de Rothschild (Rodale Books, New York, 2007)
- How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming by Lynn Cherry and Gary Braasch (Dawn Publications, Nevada City, CA, 2008) (Teacher guide available online)
- You Can Prevent Global Warming (and save money!) by Jeffrey Langholz, PhD and Kelly Turner (Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, Kansas City, MO, 2008)
Magazine Articles About Climate Change
- "51 Things We Can Do" in Time, April 9, 2007 "Special Global Warming Survival Guide" pp 69-100.
- "Climate Change & New York's Future" in New York State Conservationist, August 2007 pp 10-13.
More about Climate Change Information Resources:
- Executive Order No. 4 (2008) - Governor Paterson's Executive Order No. 4, 2008. establishes a State green procurment and agency sustainability program.
- Executive Order No. 24 (2009) - Governor David A. Paterson's Executive Order No. 24 requires estalishing a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions eighty percent by the year 2050 and preparing a climate action plan.
- Executive Order No. 88 (2012) - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Executive Order No. 88 Directs State Agencies and Authorities to Improve the Energy Efficiency of State Buildings.