Impacts of 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
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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
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Climate Modeling
Gathering and Measuring Climate Data

​General Resources


Climate Change: A Wisconsin Activity Guide by Wisconsin DNR. Grades 7-12. Touching on both the scientific aspects and social issues of climate change and designed for teachers, the guide's activities help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to become informed and active participants in society's climate change discussions.

Your Climate, Your Future by World Wildlife Federation. Grades 9-12. An interdisciplinary approach to incorporating climate change in your classroom. The WWF Climate Change Team has developed a comprehensive educational curriculum that will elevate students' knowledge of the issue and spur dialogue about what each of us can do to make a difference. The curriculum is divided into fifteen lessons which include handouts, a glossary of terms and additional resources for ongoing discussions and research.

Climate Witness Oral History Project. Your Climate, Your Future by World Wildlife Federation. Grades 9-12. Interview elder community members and write their stories of how they have noticed the climate changing over the years. Present these stories in class, offer suggestions to students, discuss relevance of material presented, and publish stories on a Web site.

A Teacher's Guide to How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Lessons, Resources, and Guidelines about Global Warming by Carol N. Malnor. Dawn Publications/Nevada City, CA. (2008). Grades 5-8. Using the book How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate, this guide helps teachers explore global warming through engaging lessons and classroom activities. Suggestions are provided to differentiate instruction and conduct project-based learning. Lessons and activities are correlated to science standards.

Lesson 6: Making Climate Change Connections. Climate Change: Connections and Solutions. Facing the Future. Grades 6-8. Students read about impacts of climate change experienced by people living in different environments around the world and then discuss how these impacts are connected.

Lesson 6: Changes All Around: Geographic Impacts of Climate Change. Climate Change: Connections and Solutions, Facing the Future. Grades 9-12. In small groups, students examine the climate of countries in different environments and then predict what might happen to the climate of a particular country as the earth warms.

Global Warming Webquest. Marian Koshland Science Museum – National Academy of Science. Grades 6-12. In this Webquest activity, students assume roles of scientist, business leader, or policy maker. The students then collaborate as part of a climate action team and learn how society and the environment might be impacted by global warming. They explore the decision making process regarding issues of climate change, energy use, and available policy options. Student teams investigate how and why climate is changing and how humans may have contributed to these changes. Upon completion of their individual tasks, student teams present their findings and make recommendations that address the situation.

Tips and Tricks for Teachers by NASA. Grade K-12. This three-page, interactive PDF file gives step-by-step instructions for six ways to use NASA’s Global Climate Change web site in your classroom. Also includes applicable National Content Standards.


A Way Forward: Facing Climate Change by National Geographic. Grades 6-12. Explore the global impact of climate change and its devastating effects—and learn what scientists suggest in response—in this short documentary film from National Geographic and the UN Foundation.

Too Hot Not to Handle by HBO Home Video. (2006). Grades 6-12.This video provides a good introduction to the issue of climate change, including a useful demonstration of the greenhouse effect. It also shows how climate change affects the United States.

What's Up with the Weather? Grades 5-8. PBS. NOVA and FRONTLINE join forces to investigate the science and politics of one of the most controversial issues of the 21st century: the truth about global warming. Topics include climate background, the potential impacts of climate change, and the relationships between our actions and the global climate. Also includes a classroom activity on finding trends in raw temperature data.

Earth: The Operator’s Manual. PBS. 2011. Grades 6-12. Things that are important to us, like cars and computers, come with manuals. So why not a manual for the most complex operating system of all—the Earth. Is the planet due for an oil change? What do we need to do to keep Earth operating at peak performance? These are some of the questions addressed in Earth: The Operators' Manual. Program host Richard Alley once worked for an oil company, is a contributor to the UN panel on climate change (the IPCC), has testified to Congress about climate change and been a "tour guide" for Senators visiting the glaciers of Greenland. Alley concludes the program, high on Hawaii's Mauna Kea, with this win-win-win suggestion: "If we approach Earth as if we have an Operators' Manual, we can avoid climate catastrophes, improve energy security, and make millions of good jobs."

Six Degrees Could Change the World. National Geographic. Grades 6-12. In a special broadcast event, National Geographic explores the startling theory that Earths average temperature could rise six degrees Celsius by the year 2100. In this amazing and insightful documentary, National Geographic illustrates, one poignant degree at a time, the consequences of rising temperatures on Earth. Also, learn how existing technologies and remedies can help in the battle to dial back the global thermometer. Great models and clips.

Planet in Peril: A CNN Wolrdwide Investigation. Cable News Network (CNN) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Company. (2007). Grades 9-12. Bringing viewers the stories behind the statistics, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Animal Planet host and wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin will focus on four main issues that threaten the planet and its inhabitants: climate change, deforestation, species loss and overpopulation.


Reporting on Climate Change Understanding the Science by Bud Ward. Washington D.C., Environmental Law Institute. (2003). A guide for journalists and researchers on basic climate change science. Describes climate change science in “plain English” for formal and informal educators.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Global Warming by Michael Tennesen, Alpha Books, New York, NY. (2004). The rapid warming of the Earth's climate has been a concern for decades. In the past, there have been skeptics, but today almost all scientists agree that a global warming trend is evident. The history of our climate and the science of global warming, as well as the resulting social, economic, and political implications of such a change are far-reaching and complex. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Global Warming synthesizes all this information into an easy-to-read reference that will help anyone separate the facts from fiction, providing a fair assessment of climate change, its costs, and even short-term benefits. The book also includes coverage on the political challenges and possibilities such as the Kyoto and Bonn treaties and the U.S. role with the rest of the world in reducing pollution emissions.

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.

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.

Global Warming & the Greenhouse Effect by Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. (1990). Although this this activity guide is older it is very teacher-friendly. It is specifically about climate change. Many experiments and demonstrations are explained in a very useable format.

The Carbon War: Global Warming and the End of the Oil Era by Jeremy Leggett. Routledge, New York. (2001). This book describes how the excessive burning of oil, gas, and coal is raising Earth's temperature to unacceptable levels.

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.

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.

Feeling the Heat by Jim Motavalli. Routledge, New York, NY. (2004). Feeling the Heat consists of chapter-length visits by well-known authors to actual world "hot" spots, where people are already coping day-to-day with the consequences of climactic disruption. The locations for the book were strategically chosen because each represents a separate and important global warming impact, such as rising tides, melting glaciers, evolving ecosystems and air pollution.

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.

General Web Resources

Climate Classroom. National Wildlife Federation. The National Wildlife Federation's Climate Classroom is designed to help parents and teachers talk to students of differing ages about global warming. Its features include information for parents, students, and teachers. The site features proposed educator guidelines, lesson plans, age-adapted sources of useful curricula, a downloadable slide presentation with presenter's guide, and more.

The Nature Conservancy. Contains links to information regarding climate change and advice on what we can do to prevent it.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change. The Pew Center on Global Climate Change offers an overview of the causes of climate change, potential solutions, and how business and economics fit into the problem. (also see

Climate Connections: A Global Journey. Explore a global warming issue and see what NPR is reporting around the world. Join NPR on a year-long expedition around the world to explore how climate changes people and how people change climate. Click on a topic to explore a global warming issue, or click on a map region to see what NRP is reporting.

Global Climate Change Research Explorer. On this website, you can explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms in all these domains. You’ll also get a sense of how scientists study natural phenomena—how researchers gather evidence, test theories, and come to conclusions.

Climate Change Impacts. This Climate Change Impacts Collection provides the teacher and their students the opportunity to explore some of the environmental changes already observed, from the Arctic to tropical regions. Data sources provide historic precipitation and temperature records, allowing students to compare changes in their own local area to others.

Climate Connections by NPR and National Geographic. Creative and informative news and updates on climate change. Effects: The current and future consequences of global Change.

Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet by NASA. This site provides an overview of the likely future changes in climate, including a regional breakdown.

Climate Time Machine by NASA. This series of interactive visualizations show how some of the key indicators of climate change, such as temperature, sea ice extent and carbon dioxide concentrations, have changed in Earth’s recent history.

How do we know the climate is changing? Climate Kids: NASA’s eyes on the Earth. This section of NASA’s Climate Kids site provides a basic understanding of how scientists know that climate change is occurring.

Climate Kids: NASA’s eyes on the Earth. NASA’s climate change site for kids provides information on climate change basics, news stories related to climate change, and educator resources. The site also has interactive games under the Earth Now section and short videos throughout the site.

Climate Hot Map. Union of Concerned Scientists. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is pleased to offer a new, interactive way to learn about the local consequences of global warming. The Climate Hot Map allows you to travel the world, exploring the places (or "hot spots") where scientists have gathered evidence for climate changes that are already underway and where they are now assessing the risks associated with further warming.

Human Toll of Climate Change. Center for American Progress. This interactive map provides scientific information on climate change threats such as severe natural disasters, the spread of disease, loss of coastal communities, and declining crop and fish yields. Clicking a category will display icons on the map where that phenomenon has had an impact, along with descriptions and data.

Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). ACE is an award-winning national nonprofit dedicated to educating America's high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them to do something about it—while having fun along the way. They are based in Oakland, California, with educator teams in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Boston, Atlanta and Colorado. ACE delivers two core offerings: the free ACE Assembly on climate change and the Student Action Program.

National Wildlife Federation’s Global Warming Site. NWF’s global warming page contains up-to-date information on global warming’s effects on wildlife, conservation, and how both policies and personal decisions can help. Also contains information on Great Lakes impacts and Global Warming Fact Sheets and Clean Energy Solutions for each state.

United States Global Change Research Program. This website is a well-organized resource for information on the many facets of climate change. Users can examine climate change impacts by region (including the Great Lakes), sector (such as ecosystems and society), and agency (how the United States federal agencies are related to climate change issues).

EPA Climate Change Kids’ Site. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Kids’ Site provides information on climate change and climate change impacts for children. The site also includes educator resources (see bottom of the page), including tips for teaching climate change.