Climate Change

You have probably already heard a lot about anthropogenic climate change, what we refer to simply as ‘climate change’.

The globe has warmed 1˚C since the 1970s—with northern areas warming more (e.g. France has already warmed 1.5 ˚C)—and this warming manifests in many ways, such as rising sea levels and changing weather patterns. Unfortunately, getting good information on the basic science behind climate change can sometimes be challenging. Here we provide some of our favorite resources, starting with platforms which provide a great overview, to ones with more info for those looking to dive deeper. These are reputable sources that we have reviewed, know and trust. 

One of our favorite sites is provided by NASA: It gives you an up to date overview at the top — what’s the current CO2 (carbon dioxide),  global temperature, and extent of sea ice. Scroll down to the section ‘What is climate change’ for an overview of the basics.

The National Academics of Science, Engineering, and Medicine provide a good concise review. Their report, Climate Change: Evidence and Causes, is a good overview for those with a little more time.

NASA Climate Access
NAS Report
IPCC Recent Report

If you prefer videos, Katherine Hayhoe answers a lot of basic questions in short (5-10 minute) videos at her Global Weirding channel. This can also be viewed in our sidebar. 

The state of climate change science — from the physical science basis (working group 1), to the impacts (working groups II-III) are covered in great depth every five (or so) years by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. There are summaries, and much denser volumes of information in the full reports.

Also in our sidebar, this 2014 John Oliver video, “Climate Change Debate”, discusses issues that arise in the communication of climate change.

Want to learn more about climate in your area? If you’re in the US you can benefit from the incredible interactive power of the Climate Toolbox. Less user-friendly but with more global coverage is the KNMI Climate Explorer.

There are lots of fantastic climate scientists (beyond Katherine Hayhoe mentioned above) who work on climate change, here are just a few of our favorites:

      • Ben Cook is an excellent climatologist based at NASA GISS, who has worked (with us!) on grapes and warming, and drought
      • Eric Rignott is a world leader on understanding and modeling ice sheet loss, and its resulting impacts on sea level rise.
      • Kate Marvel is climatologist (also based at NASA GISS) that studies shifts  in clouds and soil moisture with climate change
      • Michael Mann  is a climatologist perhaps most famous for work on reconstructing temperature over the last 1000 years to show just how extraordinary warming today. Watch his talk on the Ruben Report here.
      • Reto Knutti is a leading expert on modeling climate change. Watch a talk of his here.

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Ben Cook
Eric Rignott
Kate Marvel
Michael Mann
Reto Knutti