Weblinks for Responding to global climate change
Sites dealing with the latest news and issues
A compilation of New Scientist news items and articles brought together in a special report:
News and opinion from the BBC about climate change:
Newspapers with sections bringing together news and comment about climate change (additionally search on ‘climate change’ on any newspaper site): www.guardian.co.uk/environment/climatechange
Nature reports: Climate change
A commentary on the news about climate change by WWF:
Web sites covering a wide range of climate change topics
Coverage of climate change by the BBC weather centre
A BBC News, special report on climate change
US Environmental Protection Agency detailed overview of climate change
Climate and global change including some simple games by Windows to the Universe
Greenhouse gas on-line has news articles and links to peer reviewed science
UK Met Office on climate change
Includes ethical dimensions of climate change
A business perspective on climate change
Union of Concerned Scientists
The science of climate change
The BBC animated guide to the science of climate change
Applets for visualising global climate change science.
An interactive site about climate change predictions from Begbroke Science Park Oxford
A concise summary of key aspects of climate change science based on IPCC reports
IPCC home page and links to fourth assessment report and summary for policy makers of the work of Group 1
Goddard Institute research reports
POST note – climate change science, a useful summary of last IPCC report and modelling issues
Guidance from the Union of Concerned Scientists
The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center is the US Department of Energy’s centre for information about climate change and carbon dioxide emissions. Contains lots of background information, FAQs and links to data.
Simple tree-ring exercise (designed for KS4) but worth considering
Very detailed account of the history of climate change science
A thorough summary of current knowledge from the UK government
A summary of the science and its uncertainties from the Royal Society
Climate change denial
Still waiting for the greenhouse – which has not been updated since 2008
New Scientists overview of the science of climate change with responses to common misconceptions
RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists.:
Specific responses to many of the claims made by climate-change deniers
Simon Singh responding to numpties
Responses to sceptics in a debate organised by the research council NERC
Modelling climate change
An introduction to climate modelling by Dr Vicky Pope of the Met Office’s Hadley Centre, with graphics:
Climateprediction.net with details of the science of modelling and a range of activities
Summaries of scientific reports on climate change but not beyond 2009 at present
UK climate projections for different regions
Impacts of climate change
Climate change – a guide to impacts and responses worldwide
Early warning signs of climate change from around the world
UKClimate change impacts programme UKCIP scenarios gateway
WWF Climate witness – stories from individuals about their observations of climate change and its impact on their lives.
WHO on impacts of climate change on human health
The UN on climate change and biodiversity
The FAO on climate change and agriculture
Wellcome Big Picture about climate change and health including an interactive game
Sea-level rise explorer is a Google maps tool that shows global vulnerability to sea-level rise.
Google Earth Outreach KML: Climate Change In Our World is a site which uses an interactive animation to show how climate change and global temperature rises could affect our world over the next 100 years. It is necessary to download Google Earth
Greenhouse gas emissions
Office for National Statistics report of sources of GHG emissions - 2004
A carbon footprint calculator
Web site showing how individuals can reduce their carbon footprint.
POSTnote – carbon footprint of electricity generation
Responding to climate change
Q & A from the BBC about the Kyoto protocol
Q & A from the Guardian in advance of the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit
Stern Review on the economics of climate change
A critique of the approach to cost-benefit analysis used in the Stern Review.
DEFRA’s account of the UK government’s plans to respond to the issue of climate change.
Carbon capture and storage
POSTnote – the transition to a low-carbon economy
Environmental knowledge for changepolicy makers to help decision making
Professor David MacKay’s assessment of the actions which individuals can undertake to really make a difference on pages 229-230 (pdf file pages 242-243) in his free electronic book Sustainable energy – without the hot air. See also his overview of the climate change issues on pages 5-16 (pdf file pages 18-29). The book will feature in topic 5 activities and is free to download from this web address:
‘Climate futures’ is a free booklet by Forum for the Future which explores the challenge and alternative scenarios for the future. The booklet can be downloaded from:
Website of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which gives detailed information about the Framework Convention and its Kyoto Protocol and planned international decision-making meetings
Link to a debate between Myles Allen and Bjorn Lomborg about how to respond to climate change (2008). It illustrates ideas about cost-benefit analysis.
Royal Society guidance and policy recommendations related to climate change
An article by James Hansen on why the whole Kyoto/Copenhagen approach of cap and trade for carbon emissions is doomed.
A UK political campaign against climate change
EU Commission campaign web sites
The Friends of the Earth web site about its climate change campaign:
The Greenpeace web site about its climate change campaign:
WWF climate change campaign
Oxfam climate change campaign
The World Resources Institute is an environmental ‘think tank’ based in Washington DC, USA. It is concerned with policies aimed at protecting the Earth and improving the life of its citizens.
Presentations and images
Images related to climate change from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre
A photographic documentation of climate change
Vital Climate Graphics from UNEP
Green TV videos on climate change
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