Human Responses to Climate Change Resources

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Cyclical and Natural Changes
Human-Caused Changes
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Atmospheric Circulation
Atmospheric Composition
Carbon Cycle
Climate Compared to Weather
Climate Feedbacks
Global Energy Balance
Greenhouse Effect
Ocean and Climate
Orbital Cycles
Regional Climates
Solar Radiation
Water Cycle
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Personal Responsibility
Risk Management
Social Values
collapse Topic : Impacts of Climate Change ‎(13)
Agricultural Changes
Economic Impacts
Ecosystem Changes
Extreme Weather
Freshwater Resources
Great Lakes Impacts
Melting Ice and Permafrost
Ocean Warming and Acidification
Plants and Animals
Public Health
Sea Level Rise
Surface Temperature Warming
collapse Topic : Measuring and Modeling Climate ‎(2)
Climate Modeling
Gathering and Measuring Climate Data

​General Resources




Climate Change: State of Knowledge by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington D.C. 1997. This is a summary report that was put out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which summarizes the most recent information on climate change science and the vulnerability of natural and socioeconomic systems. The Report is packed with lots of photographers, graphs, and statistics. It covers topics including the Greenhouse Effect-Historical Emissions, Climate Change Over the Last 100 Years, Climate Change Over the Next 100 Years, Vulnerabilities-Potential Consequences, and the Conclusion.

Vital Climate Change Graphics by UNEP/GRID-Arendal, Arendal, Norway. (2005). This publication seeks to translate the complex subject of climate change into material that can be useful to a broad range of readers. Using finding’s from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it presents a collection of graphics focusing on the environmental and socio-economic impacts of climate change. This updated edition, launched in February 2005, is based on the Third Assessment Report (TAR) of the IPCC that was published in 2001.

Down to the Wire: confronting climate collapse by David W. Orr. Oxford University Press. (2009). This book offers an analysis of where we are in terms of climate change, how we got there, and what we must do. It focuses on outlining our current climate destabilization and what we are doing to reconnect policy, science, economy, and the environment.

Science and Politics of Global Climate Change by Andrew Dessler and Edward A. Parson. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY. (2006). Informative and well-written book does an excellent job of explaining, in language accessible to everyone, the scientific basis for our current understanding of global warming and climate change, as well as societal implications and the political barriers to sound, rational policy. Its coauthors are well-recognized experts in science and in public policy.

Climate Change and Our Future by Classroom Encounters, Natick, MA. (2006). Dr. William Moomaw, atmospheric chemist at Tufts University, discusses climate change with 9th grade students at Wellesley High School in Wellesley, MA. Topics include the science behind climate change, impacts, and solutions.

Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World by Gary Braasch. University of Caifornia Press/ Berkeley, CA. (2007). This book offers a comprehensive look at the world-wide effects of climate change. In dynamic photographs, maps, and quotes from world climate science leaders, this one-of-a-kind book shows how earth is being changed right now.

Global Warming by Sally Morgan, Reed, Chicago, IL. (2003). Young Adult Non-fiction. Includes many pictures and charts as well as timeline, glossary, and list for further reading. Global Warming looks at the causes of climate change and its profound effect for life on Earth. It shows how historical clues, such as ice cores, are evidence that temperature fluctuation is not a new phenomenon, and how the causes of our current changing climate are a result of human activity.

Weather Makers, The by Tim Flannery. Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, NY. (2005). The Weather Makers is both an urgent warning and a call to arms, outlining the history of climate change, how it will unfold over the next century, and what we can do to prevent a cataclysmic future. Along with a riveting history of climate change, Tim Flannery offers specific suggestions for action for both lawmakers and individuals, from investing in renewable power sources like wind, solar, and geothermal energy, to offering an action plan with steps each and every one of us can take right now to reduce deadly CO2 emissions by as much as 70 percent.

Americans’ Knowledge of Climate Change by Yale University. Americans’ Knowledge of Climate Change presents the results of a national study of Americans' level of understanding about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to global warming. Among other findings, the study identifies a number of important gaps in public knowledge and common misconceptions about climate change.

The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism by John Cook. (2010). This guide looks at both the evidence that human activity is causing global warming and the ways that climate ‘skeptic’ arguments can mislead by presenting only small pieces of the puzzle rather than the full picture.

Global Warming: Personal Solutions for a Healthy Planet by Christopher Spence, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY. (2005). Global Warming breaks through the jargon, offering readers both a clear description of the problem and a practical guide to solutions, from decreasing reliance on automobiles to increased recycling to political activism. It offers hope that each of us can be doing something to solve the problem and encourages us to act--not only for ourselves, but for our children and grandchildren.

Psychology of Climate Change Communication by the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. In order for climate science information to be fully absorbed by audiences, it must be actively communicated with appropriate language, metaphor, and analogy; combined with narrative storytelling; made vivid through visual imagery and experiential scenarios; balanced with scientific information; and delivered by trusted messengers in group settings. This guide combines laboratory and field research with real-world examples. It blends information from a broad spectrum of disciplines: psychology, anthropology, economics, history, environmental science and policy, and climate science.

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues by Thomas A. Easton, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, New York, NY (2010). The debate-style book is designed to introduce students to controversies in environmental policy and science. Issues are divided into clear “yes” and “no” sides where students must use critical thinking skills to analyze the issues. Includes a section focused on climate change.

What's the Worst that Could Happen? - A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate by Grag Craven. Penguin Group, Perigree Trade, New York, NY. (2009). Based on a series of viral videos that have garnered more than 7.2 million views, this visually appealing book gives readers-be they global warming activists, soccer moms, or NASCAR dads-a way to decide on the best course of action, by asking them to consider, "What's the worst that could happen?" And for those who decide that action is needed, Craven provides a solution that is not only powerful but also happens to be stunningly easy. Not just another "change your light bulb" book, this intriguing and provocative guide is the first to help readers make sense-for themselves-of the contradictory statements about global climate change.

Discovery of Global Warming, The by Spencer Weart. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (2003). In 2001 an international panel of distinguished climate scientists announced that the world was warming at a rate without precedent during at least the last ten millennia, and that warming was caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases from human activity. The story of how scientists reached that conclusion—by way of unexpected twists and turns—was the story Spencer Weart told in The Discovery of Global Warming. Now he brings his award-winning account up to date, revised throughout to reflect the latest science and with a new conclusion that shows how the scientific consensus caught fire among the general world public, and how a new understanding of the human meaning of climate change spurred individuals and governments to action.

Hell and High Water: Global Warming--The Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do by Joseph Romm. Harper Collins, New York, NY. (2006). Hell and High Water is nothing less than a wake-up call to the country. It is a searing critique of American environmental and energy policy, and a passionate call to action by a writer with a unique command of the science and politics of climate change.

The Solution is You! An Activist's Guide by Laurie David. Fulerum, Golden, CO. (2006). This is a guide that can easily "fit in your pocket." Stop Global Warming turns headlines into action, providing testimony of leading environmental activist Laurie David's own passionate work and showing how and why others (particularly young people) should get involved in this and other environmental issues. In accessible and inspiring prose, David explains that Global warming is not an opinion but a scientific reality, one that policy makers by and large have failed to address.

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