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Climate Change



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Books Available at the Interior Library

 

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Science

The Fundamentals

  • Encyclopedia of Earth: Climate Change
    Includes information from The Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning (CAMEL) project from the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) of the National Council for Science and the Environment and is supported by the National Science Foundation.

  • Global Climate Change: NASA's Eyes on the Earth
    Global Climate Change is a multimedia Web site featuring photographs, movies, animations, interactive graphics, and other presentations of NASA's research into climate change.

  • Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States
    Produced by the United States Global Change Research Program in 2009, the report focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health.

  • National Climate Assessment
    The National Climate Assessment is an important resource for understanding and communicating climate change science and impacts in the United States.The next National Climate Assessment is scheduled to be completed in early 2014. The draft assessment available for public review in 2013 can be found on this site.

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 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) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.

    Most IPCC Reports published since 1997 are available online. Of special interest are the IPCC's Assessment Reports, which are published at regular intervals. Four Assessment Reports have been completed -- in 1990, 1995, 2001 and 2007. The Fourth Assessment Report, "Climate Change 2007", is composed of 4 volumes and is available online. The Fifth Assessment is underway.

    Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis was released in September 2013. It's the first volume of the Fifth Assessment. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is being released in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014. It's made up of the full reports prepared by the Working Groups (I, II, and III) and their Summaries for Policymakers as well as the Synthesis Report.

  • Introduction to Climate Dynamics and Climate Modeling
    An English-language online textbook by H. Goosse, P.Y. Barriat, W. Lefebvre, M.F. Loutre and V. Zunz, first designed for a course at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

  • Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2,000 Years
    By the Committee on Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2,000 Years, National Research Council, 2006. The book assesses scientific efforts to reconstruct surface temperature records and their implications for understanding global climate change.

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Change Website
    EPA encourages voluntary greenhouse gas reductions from large corporations, consumers, industrial and commercial buildings and many major industrial sectors. It also contributes to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and is engaged internationally in scientific research, climate change mitigation and environmental monitoring.

  • U.S. Geological Survey: Climate and Land Use Change
    The U.S. Geological Survey is a contributor to the U.S. Global Change Research Program. This website includes scientific reports, news releases, and information for the general public and policymakers, including Congressional briefings and podcasts produced by U.S. Geological Survey scientists.

  • United States Global Change Research Program
    The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates Federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society.
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Further Explorations in Science

  • Arctic Report Card
    Produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Arctic Report Card tracks recent environmental changes throughout the Arctic, and is updated annually.

  • Climate Change: The Discovery of Global Warming
    By historian Spencer Weart, who is director, Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics. The essays cover the entire history of the discovery of climate change, from the late 19th century to today.

  • Climate Change: A Guide to the Information and Disinformation
    Produced by the Society of Environmental Journalists

  • Greenhouse Gas Online
    The site contains links to news articles and scientific abstracts from greenhouse gas-related papers from over 100 peer-reviewed journals.

  • RealClimate
    RealClimate is a blog by working climate scientists that aims to provide journalists and the public a quick response to developing stories and to provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream journalistic commentary. The discussion is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science.

  • Science Tracer Bullets Online: Global Warming and Climate Change
    An extensive guide to research, produced by the Library of Congress Science Reference Services in 2008. Includes bibliographies of selected books, conference proceedings, technical reports, government publications, journals, and Internet resources, as well as directories of organizations and data sources.

  • Weather and Climate Sites
    A list of web sites selected by the NOAA Central Library staff.
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Climate Data Sources

  • Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
    The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) is the primary climate-change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy. Its holdings include records of the atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other radiatively active gases, and emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel consumption and land-use changes.

  • Global Change Master Directory
    NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) holds more than 25,000 Earth science data set and service descriptions, which cover subject areas within the Earth and environmental sciences. The project mission is to assist researchers, policy makers, and the public in the discovery of and access to data, related services, and ancillary information (which includes descriptions of instruments and platforms) relevant to global change and Earth science research.

  • Greenhouse Gas Bulletin
    Published annually by the Atmospheric Environment and Research Division of the World Meteorological Organization, these bulletins report the latest trends and atmospheric burdens of the most influential, long-lived greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O), as well as a summary of the contributions of the lesser gases.

  • NOAA Climate Services Portal
    The ultimate goal for the portal is to become the "go-to" website for NOAA's climate data, products, and services. It initially focuses on several datasets and products from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, Coastal Services Center, and Climate Prediction Center, among others. The initial intent is to highlight some of most popular datasets and products.

  • National Climatic Data Center
    The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the world's largest active archive of weather data. Its mission is to provide access and stewardship to the Nation's resource of global climate and weather related data and information, and assess and monitor climate variation and change.

  • United States Global Change Research Information Office
    The US Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO) provides access to data, information and educational resources on behalf of U.S. Federal agencies involved in the US Global Change Research Program.
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Conservation in an Era of Climate Changes

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Preventing Climate Changes

Federal Policy-Oriented Sources

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Intergovernmental Cooperation

The Congressional Research Service reports listed below provide context and a chronology of intergovernmental efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions:

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Other Sources on Climate Policy

    Magazines and Blogs

    Reports

  • Economic Analysis and the Formulation of U.S. Climate Policy
    By Michael A. Toman; published by Resources for the Future, 2003

  • The Economics of Climate Change
    By Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the U.K. Government Economic Service and Adviser to the Government on the Economics of Climate Change and Development, January 2007. The Stern Review demonstrates that the benefits of quickly lowering greenhouse gas emissions are higher than the overall costs to human welfare. It includes case studies, graphices of key issues, and guidelines for action.

    Organizations

  • The Climate Institute
    The Climate Institute is an international NGO of scientists and policy leaders concerned with climate change and protection of the stratospheric ozone layer, and has organized conferences, symposia, and ministerial briefings in thirty nations. The Institute's newsletter, the Climate Alert, is a source for policy makers on the likely impacts of climate change in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Natural Resources Defense Council: Global Warming
    The well-respected environmental action organization offers literature on the causes and consequences of global warming, and on possible solutions.

  • Pew Center on Global Climate Change
    Since 1998, a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization that aims to provide credible information and innovative solutions that address global climate change

  • Resources for the Future: Climate Change
    Resources for the Future is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research in economics and other social sciences, on environmental, energy, natural resource and environmental health issues.

  • Union of Concerned Scientists: Global Warming
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