Impacts of Climate Change Resources

collapse Topic : Causes of Climate Change ‎(2)
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
collapse Topic : Human Responses to Climate Change ‎(3)
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

Public Health


Global Ozone (GO3) Project. Grades 6-12. In the GO3 Project high school students throughout the world measure ground-level ozone on a continuous basis and upload their results to the Google Earth map. Measurements are made with high accuracy using sophisticated ozone monitors constructed by the students from kits and tested and calibrated on a frequent basis using a transfer standard.

Climate Change and Disease. Your Climate, Your Future by World Wildlife Federation. Grades 9-12. Research the relationship between hosts, parasites, and vectors for common vector-borne diseases and evaluate how climate change could affect the spread of disease. Students explore how social factors affect the occurrence and spread of disease.

Food and Water Supplies Under Stress by Earth Day Network. Grades 9-12. Students will understand how human needs for food and water are fulfilled and how climate change will impact the agriculture industry and our freshwater supplies. Lesson adheres to National Science Education Standards. Reading 4:

Climate Justice. Climate Change: Connections and Solutions, Grades 6-12. Impacts of climate change on human health and migration.


Planet in Peril: A CNN Worldwide 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.


State of the World Population 2009 by UNFPA. (2009). This report discusses population dynamics, reproductive health care, and human relationships across the globe with regard to women and their connection to climate change.

Up in Smoke? Threats from, and responses to, the impact of global warming on human development by Andrew Simms, New Economics Foundation, London. (2004). This report represents an unprecedented coming together of leading environmental and development organizations with decades of experience working with poor communities across the world. It discusses the impacts of climate change on human existence across the globe.

General Web Resources

Climate Change and Infectious Diseases. NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. This link provides teacher background and a series of lessons related to how climate change can affect the spread of infectious diseases.

Health. Union of Concerned Scientists Global Warming Hot Map. Discusses how climate change can lead to various consequences that can negatively impact human health.

Water use. Union of Concerned Scientists Global Warming Hot Map. Discusses how climate change can lead to various consequences that can negatively impact water availability, access, and quality.

Human Health by United States Global Warming Research Program. This web site 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).

Coastal Consequences of Sea Level Rise. PBS Teachers professional development module. The ocean’s surface is not level, and sea levels change in response to changes in chemistry and temperature. Sophisticated satellite measurements are required for scientists to document current sea level rise. This module explores the evidence for sea level rise related to global climate change and the consequences for humanity, especially coastal-dwelling populations. References national standards.