Climate Change and Global Warming Online Resources List

Climate Change and  Global Warming Online Resources List

This is different from the previous list that gives news outlets on climate change and global warming. This focuses on education of causes, consequences and solutions.

Online Websites For Climate Change And Global Warming literacy

  1. www.CoolTheEarth.US –  Cool the Earth, Save the Economy – a free, downloadable book on  the causes, consequences, and solutions to global warming and climate change, authored in 2008 by John and Mary Ellen Harte. Since then, admittedly, the sections focusing on clean renewable energy are obsolete – thankfully due to the fast evolution in that field. It’s still a good comprehensive reference on the causes and effects of global warming and climate change pitched to the general public.  If you want more technical details, check out the federal websites below.

2.  http://climate.nasa.gov/  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration site. Check out the Vitals Signs on the bar below the banner, but also check out the various other categories, like the global warming graphic from the 1880s to present under Climate Resources. There are various links to faster youtube videos showing the Earth warming over decades in seconds: Google: 62 years of global warming in 13 seconds, 63 years in 14 seconds, 131 years in 26 seconds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O019E8k51ww ) to see them.

3. http://www.climatecommunication.org/new/news/ Climate Communication Science & Outreach site, run by reputable scientists.  Our Climate is Changing section features animations explaining causes and consequences of climate change. It also has links to other resource websites, and more.

4. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ EPA climate change page:  how is your area of the country being impacted by climate change? As well as the basics facts underlying the mechanics of global warming and climate change, the consequences and what we can do (minus an important aspect: political action, especially voting).

5. http://www.skepticalscience.com/ The Climate Myth Busting site, maintained by a reputable climate change scientist living on the ever hotter  continent of Australia. Look up your favorite myth, and he offers a very rational explanation of why it is a myth.  His training in physics keeps the explanations well grounded in the basic laws of physics.  Some great graphics, including a running tab of the amount of extra heat being absorbed by the Earth due to global warming with every second since 1998. (Roughly equivalent to the heat generated by 6 Hiroshima bombs per second.)

6. http://www.climate.gov/#climateWatch The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate change website, which includes news and features, maps and data, reports. Then there’s  http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climatic data center. This is where you can really dig into the data if you want.

7. http://www.realclimate.org/ Real Climate: Climate Science From Climate Scientists site. This is for compulsive science wonks who really want to get into the technical scientific details  behind climate change and global warming.

8. http://climaterealityproject.org/video/ The Climate Reality Project site focuses on the social dimensions of climate change and people who want to speak out about it.

Multimedia Resources beyond those at the websites above…

1.  @@ LIVING ON EARTH @@ PRI’s Environmental News Magazine, covers climate change and other fascinating topics as well. Check it out!

 2. @@ Powering The Planet – Earth: The Operators’ Manual This uplifting, informative and compelling program presents 8 fast-paced case studies and stories about nations and communities transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable or low-carbon sources of energy. It covers all the important bases: what we stand to lose with business as usual, but what we stand to gain by switching! The “Can We Do It?” section reminds us that we can, pointing out how we overcame an equally great challenge – sanitation – with indoor plumbing and sewer systems. One of 3 parts. Plan a party or just download it and watch it yourself, then spread the word!

 3. @@ Weather Nation Meteorologist Paul Douglas Explains How Climate Matters – A meteorologist who’s watched weather for decades, he is able to show the connection between the weather and climate change. Check out his video series now!

 4. @@ This Is NOT Cool Climate Change youtube series by Peter Sinclair can be found at his Climate Denial Crock of the Week playlist here. Hard-hitting shorts with great graphic imagery send the points home, often with cogent interviews of climate researchers.

5. @@ EPA videos on saving energy: http://www.youtube.com/user/USEPAgov/videos

6. @@ America’s Dangerous Pipelines: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/americas_dangerous_pipelines/index.html

7. @@ http://cci-reanalyzer.org/DailySummary/index_ds.php# Daily Climate Reanalyzer  globe  presents a graphic, daily updated globe illustrating the northern hemisphere, including the north pole, showing temperature anomalies: that is, how far temperatures that day deviate from the average temperature for that time of year, determined over several decades in the late 20th century (and remember, even that average is warmer than pre-industrial average temperatures). Blue indicates colder than average, and orange, hotter.(Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.)  Links on the same page allow you to look at actual temperatures, the shape and movement of the jet stream, and more. For real time animated surface wind patterns, click here for USA, and here, for the planet. (Clicking on “earth” on that page reveals data and map options.)

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I think it covers much of what’s out there. Have I missed something really good? Do you know of a reputable, really informative website or video or other multi media online file not mentioned here on climate change or global warming? Send me a comment and link. If it adds to what I’ve already presented, I’ll add it to the list.  Thanks!

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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