Online Resources to Learn More About Climate Change
Compiled by Dr. Kira Lawrence, Climate Scientist, Lafayette College and Gayle Lawrence, UPLA
The C-Change Primer is a nonpartisan, 45-minute, multimedia seminar on the science of climate change, developed in consultation with scientists, business leaders, and public policy experts working on climate change.
Here Comes the Flood – New NOAA Forecast: Ten Foot Sea Rise by Century’s End Here:
March 2017 article from the Sakonnet Times describing the impact of Rising seas on parts of Little Compton, Westport and Tiverton.
Ocean State Sea level-Rise Estimate Now Above 9 Feet:
February 2017 article describing a recent assessment by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that projects sea-level rise to increase in Rhode Island by 9 feet, 10 inches by 2100.
American Perceptions of Climate Change:
“How Americans Think About Climate Change in Six Maps” (NYT March 21st 2017) – These maps demonstrate that most Americans support stronger restrictions on CO2 emissions and think that global warming will harm people in the US. They just don’t think it will harm them:
These six maps were produced by the Yale Program on Climate Communications (more info about this project in the section below). See this link to query the original database:
States at Risk:
A project whose goal is to show how climate change is impacting people in all 50 states. Their work focuses on 5 key threats – extreme heat, drought, wildfires, coastal flooding, and inland flooding – and on helping translate those risks into meaningful metrics for everyday people. Explore their interactive website here:
Yale Program on Climate Change Communication:
A program run by a team of social scientists at Yale who are studying the causes of public opinion and behavior about climate change. Their mission is “to advance the science of climate change communication, help leaders communicate more effectively, and increase the public’s understanding of climate risks and opportunities.”
An independent organization of leading scientists and journalist researching and reporting the science and impacts of climate change. They have very helpful graphics, stories and videos (for example, videos about extreme weather phenomena).
A website that provides scientific rebuttals to all of the arguments levied by climate change denialists about human-induced climate change. (Also available as an app!)
The Solutions Project:
A project started by a team of scientists and engineers at Stanford to analyze whether an energy economy powered by wind, water, and solar was feasible. They have explored this question in every state in the US, many major US cities, and virtually every country in the world. They find the answer to almost universally be a resounding YES. Explore their interactive map at:
Citizen’s Climate Lobby:
A nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots advocacy group that seeks national policy solutions to climate change. There are chapters all over the country. They have worked to help form the Climate Solutions Caucus in Congress – a bipartisan working group in the House of Representatives that is composed of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans working together to develop, propose, and ultimately pass legislative solutions to climate change and its associated challenges.
2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Summary for Policy Makers:
Based on the reports of the three Working Groups of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including relevant special reports. It provides an integrated view of climate change as the final part of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.
NASA Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet:
Series of articles on global climate change. https://climate.nasa.gov/
Provides information on climate change issues and effective communication of those to others. It is an on-line community collaborating to improve climate change literacy.
George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communications:
Their mission is to develop and apply social science insights to help society make informed decisions that will stabilize the earth’s life-sustaining climate, and prevent further harm from climate change. Website provides abundant resources on climate change topics.
2019 Climate Central Brief: Ocean at the Door – New Homes and the Rising Sea:
Recent housing growth rates are faster in ten-year flood-risk zones in a third of all coastal states. This report was updated in July 2019 with new data.
All for Earth:
A podcast produced at Princeton University that “delves into the urgency of today’s environmental crises through in-depth interviews with the people racing time to prevent the implosion of the critical and interconnected systems that support life on Earth.”
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center – Understanding Ecosystems for a Sustainable Future:
Six-part video lecture series by Bert Drake, Senior Scientist Emeritus, on the following topics: “The History and Physical Science of Global Warming;” “Global Warming, Rising Seas and Extreme Weather;” “The Beginning of the Age of Humans: People & Climate;” “CO2, Plants and Food;” “Controlling CO2;” and “Moving Forward: Confronting Denial and the Truth About Uncertainty.” Also available on YouTube.
Climate Science: What’s New? My One NOAA Science Seminar:
July 2018 seminar by climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe based on the Fourth National Climate Assessment.
Climate Opinion Fact Sheets:
Get climate opinion fact sheets for states, counties, or congressional districts.
Covering Climate Now:
A global journalism initiative committed to bringing more and better coverage of climate-related news, cofounded by The Nation and Columbia Journalism Review.