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Climate Change: Web Sites

U.S. Government

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) is the primary climate-change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).(Recommended by Choice, American Library Assoc.)

EPA Climate Change Topics covered include:  Science; Greenhouse Gas Emissions; What EPA is doing,  What You Can Do; and Other Resources.

* National Climatic Data Center (NOAA ) :  This site features an extensive  historical climate and weather data, including the Local Climatological Data reports as well as a severe storms database.

NASA  Global Climate Change

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

National Snow & Ice Data Center

National Science Foundation

U.S. Drought Portal:  A clearinghouse for U.S. drought information built in partnership between federal and state agencies, tribes, universities, and the private sector to help decision makers mitigate the negative impacts of drought.

U.S. Global Change Research Program

A congressionally mandated program that coordinates and integrates climate change research across 13 government agencies and publishes scientific assessments of potential impacts in the United States from global warming. Agencies include:  Dept. of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health & Human Services, State, Interior, Transportation, EPA, NASA, NSF, and the Smithsonian.

USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center

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Reports and Studies

The 2014  National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

Earth Observatory:  World of Change

Global Temperature Reports.   NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Jan. 15, 2013,  NASA scientists report that global surface temperature in 2012 was 1° Fahrenheit warmer than the 1951–1980 average, continuing a long-term warming trend since the mid-1970s.  

Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaption. A special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 2012 

Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation   Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

This is a comprehensive summary of the technology and application of renewable energy with a specific focus on applications to avoid greenhouse gas emissions. The book starts with an excellent overview, "Summary for Policymakers"; the following "Technical Summary" compares the different technologies, their costs, and their technical potential. (Outstanding Title, Choice 2012)

Research Guides on Related Topics

International Agencies

*The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)  I

Global Governance Monitor:  Climate Change To foster better understanding of modern global challenges--and the international community's record in responding to them--the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program has launched the Global Governance Monitor.  This section focuses on Climate Change.

The Global Climate Change Regime,” Council on Foreign Relations, updated March 22, 2013,. A broad overview of the international framework for addressing climate change finds that the system is underdeveloped and offers options to strengthen it, according to a prominent think tank.

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EcoInternet is a nonprofit organization designed to help users locate scientific and policy-related information on climate change and environmental news. The goal is to "promote public policy that addresses global climate change." (Recommended by Choice, American Library Assoc.)

Climate Central is a nonprofit organization that combines science and journalism in an effort to inform the public and decision makers about the effects of climate change. The Gallery includes images, maps, collections, slide shows, videos, and several engaging interactive options. Most impressive is Surging Seas, a map-based project on sea-level rise.  (Recommended by Choice, American Library Assoc.)