Climate Change

You have probably already heard a lot about anthropogenic climate change, what we refer to as ‘climate change’. The globe has warmed 1˚C—with northern areas warming more (e.g. France has already warmed 1.5 ˚C)—and this warming manifests in a multitude of effects such as rising sea levels and changing weather patterns. Unfortunately, getting good information on the basic science 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.

One of our favorite sites is provided by NASA. At the top of their page there is an up to date overview of global CO2  levels, global change in temperature, and the changes in sea ice extent. If you would like an overview of the basics, scroll down to the section ‘What is climate change’.

The National Academics of Science, Engineering, and Medicine provide a good concise review. Additionally, 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

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change covers the state of climate change science—from the physical science basis (working group I), to the impacts (working groups II-III)—in their regular comprehensive reports.

If you prefer videos, this short (5-10 minute) video on the Global Weirding site by Katherine Hayhoe answers a lot of basic questions. This can also be viewed in our sidebar. 

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.

Finally, there are lots of fantastic climate scientists who we have not yet mentioned doing great work on climate change. These are just a few of our favorites:

Ben Cook
Eric Rignott
Kate Marvel
Michael Mann
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