Enabling students to understand and analyse contemporary issues in science and technology

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:
http://www.newscientist.com/topic/climate-change

News and opinion from the BBC about climate change:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/portal/climate_change/default.stm

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
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/

Nature reports: Climate change
http://www.nature.com/climate/index.html

A commentary on the news about climate change by WWF:
http://www.worldwildlife.org/climate/

Web sites covering a wide range of climate change topics

Coverage of climate change by the BBC weather centre
http://www.bbc.co.uk/climate/

A BBC News, special report on climate change
http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/sci_tech/2004/climate_change/default.stm

US Environmental Protection Agency detailed overview of climate change
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/

Climate and global change including some simple games by Windows to the Universe
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/earth/climate/climate.html%26edu=high

Greenhouse gas on-line has news articles and links to peer reviewed science
http://www.ghgonline.org/

UK Met Office on climate change
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climatechange/

Includes ethical dimensions of climate change
http://www.peep.ac.uk/content/1833.0.html

A business perspective on climate change
http://knowledge.allianz.com/en/globalissues/climate_change/

Union of Concerned Scientists
http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/

The science of climate change

The BBC animated guide to the science of climate change
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/sci_nat/04/climate_change/html/climate.stm

Applets for visualising global climate change science.
http://www.kcvs.ca/site/projects/climate.html

An interactive site about climate change predictions from Begbroke Science Park Oxford
http://cpd.conted.ox.ac.uk/env/climatebasics/climate/interface.html

A concise summary of key aspects of climate change science based on IPCC reports
http://www.helpsavetheclimate.com/climate.html

IPCC home page and links to fourth assessment report and summary for policy makers of the work of Group 1
http://www.ipcc.ch/

Goddard Institute research reports
http://www.giss.nasa.gov/

POST note – climate change science, a useful summary of last IPCC report and modelling issues
http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/postpn295.pdf

Guidance from the Union of Concerned Scientists
http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/science/

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.
http://cdiac.ornl.gov/

Simple tree-ring exercise (designed for KS4) but worth considering
http://www.rsc.org/Education/Teachers/Resources/jesei/treering/students.htm

http://www.rsc.org/Education/Teachers/Resources/jesei/treering/teachers.pdf

Very detailed account of the history of climate change science
http://www.engr-sci.org/history/climate/#contents

A thorough summary of current knowledge from the UK government
http://www.bis.gov.uk/go-science/climatescience

A summary of the science and its uncertainties from the Royal Society
http://royalsociety.org/climate-change-summary-of-science/

Climate change denial

Still waiting for the greenhouse – which has not been updated since 2008
http://www.john-daly.com/

New Scientists overview of the science of climate change with responses to common misconceptions
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11462

RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists.:
http://www.realclimate.org/

Specific responses to many of the claims made by climate-change deniers
http://www.grist.org/article/series/skeptics/

Blogs responding to climate change denial
http://greenfyre.wordpress.com/

http://climatedenial.org/

Simon Singh responding to numpties
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/apr/01/climate-change-sceptics

Responses to sceptics in a debate organised by the research council NERC
http://www.nerc.ac.uk/about/consult/debate/climatechange/summary.asp

Modelling climate change

An introduction to climate modelling by Dr Vicky Pope of the Met Office’s Hadley Centre, with graphics:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6320515.stm

Climateprediction.net with details of the science of modelling and a range of activities
http://climateprediction.net

Summaries of scientific reports on climate change but not beyond 2009 at present
http://www.greenfacts.org/en/digests/climate-change.htm

UK climate projections for different regions
http://ukclimateprojections.defra.gov.uk/content/view/981/528/

Impacts of climate change

Climate change – a guide to impacts and responses worldwide
http://uk.oneworld.net/guides/climatechange

Early warning signs of climate change from around the world
http://www.climatehotmap.org/

UKClimate change impacts programme UKCIP scenarios gateway
http://www.ukcip.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=156&Itemid=299

WWF Climate witness – stories from individuals about their observations of climate change and its impact on their lives.
http://www.panda.org/about_our_earth/aboutcc/problems/people_at_risk/personal_stories

WHO on impacts of climate change on human health
http://www.who.int/globalchange/en/

The UN on climate change and biodiversity
http://www.unep-wcmc.org/climate/default.aspx

The FAO on climate change and agriculture
http://www.fao.org/climatechange/home/en/

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.
http://www.globalwarmingart.com/wiki/Special:SeaLevel

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
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_environment/Impact_of_households_final_report.pdf

A carbon footprint calculator
http://www.carboncalculator.org/

Web site showing how individuals can reduce their carbon footprint.
http://www.carbonfootprint.com/

POSTnote – carbon footprint of electricity generation
http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/postpn268.pdf

Responding to climate change

Q & A from the BBC about the Kyoto protocol
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4269921.stm

Q & A from the Guardian in advance of the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/may/01/q-and-a-copenhagen-summit

Stern Review on the economics of climate change
http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/sternreview_index.htm

A critique of the approach to cost-benefit analysis used in the Stern Review.
http://www.csiro.au/files/files/pkec.pdf

DEFRA’s account of the UK government’s plans to respond to the issue of climate change.
http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/environment/climate/

Carbon capture and storage
http://www.co2capture.org.uk/

POSTnote – the transition to a low-carbon economy
http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/postpn318.pdf

Environmental knowledge for changepolicy makers to help decision making
http://www.grida.no/

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:
http://www.withouthotair.com/
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‘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:
http://www.forumforthefuture.org/projects/climate-futures

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
http://unfccc.int/

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.
http://www.climateprediction.net/node/154

Royal Society guidance and policy recommendations related to climate change
http://royalsociety.org/landing.asp?id=1278

An article by James Hansen on why the whole Kyoto/Copenhagen approach of cap and trade for carbon emissions is doomed.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/27/james-hansen-copenhagen-agreement-opportunities

Campaigns

A UK political campaign against climate change
http://www.campaigncc.org

EU Commission campaign web sites
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/campaign/index_en.htm

http://www.climatechange.eu.com/

The Friends of the Earth web site about its climate change campaign:
http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/index.html

The Greenpeace web site about its climate change campaign:
http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/climate

WWF climate change campaign
http://www.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/climate_carbon_energy/climate_deal/

Oxfam climate change campaign
http://www.oxfam.org/en/climatechange

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.
http://www.wri.org/climate

Presentations and images

Images related to climate change from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/earthandsun/climate_change.html

A photographic documentation of climate change
http://www.worldviewofglobalwarming.org/

Vital Climate Graphics from UNEP
http://maps.grida.no/go/collection/vital-climate-graphics

http://maps.grida.no/theme/climatechange

Green TV videos on climate change
http://www.green.tv/

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