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Climate Change & Global Warming

See also: Climate and History.

Selected Books

Broecker, Wallace S. and Robert Kunzig
Fixing Climate: what past climate changes reveal about the current threat--and how to counter it
QC981.8.C5 B738 2008
Wallace Broecker, one of the earliest voices on global warming, offers a history of the climate crisis with biographies of early climate change investigators.
Calvin, William H.
Global Fever: How to Treat Climate Change
QC981.8.C5 C342 2008
Calvin feels that to avoid catastrophe we must aggressively fund clean technologies to jump-start a third industrial revolution, while simultaneously expanding our use of existing low-emission technologies, from nuclear power to plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Flannery, Tim F.
The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth
QC981.8.C5 F438 2005
Warning that climate change is fast becoming an issue that "will dwarf all others combined," Flannery (mammologist and paleontologist at the University of Adelaide, Australia) summarizes the scientific evidence regarding climate change for a general audience.
Gore, Albert
An Inconvenient Truth: the Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do about It
QC981.8.G56 G67 2006x
Published to tie into a documentary film of the same name, "An Inconvenient Truth" is Gore's battle cry about what needs to be done about global warming.
Goodell, Jeff
How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate
QC981.8.C5 G666 2010
"Goodell follows Big Coal (2006) with a lively and invaluable introduction to the simultaneously alarming and promising field of geoengineering, the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate system, in order to moderate global warming." -- Booklist
Hansen, James
Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity
QC981.8.G56 H365 2009
Climatologist Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, offers an urgent manifesto for curtailing coal emissions and resurrecting nuclear power.
Helm, Dieter
The Carbon Crunch: How We're Getting Climate Change Wrong--And How to Fix It
HD9502.A2 H455 2012
Despite commitments to renewable energy and two decades of international negotiations, global emissions continue to rise and coal has actually risen from 25% to almost 30% of world energy use. Consumers and governments must be committed to changing their energy use to new technologies and pay the price.
Johansen, Bruce E. (Bruce Elliott), 1950-
Global Warming in the 21st Century
QC981.8.G56 J643 2006
This three-volume work (v. 1. Our evolving climate crisis -- v. 2. Melting ice and warming seas -- v. 3. Plants and animals in peril) presents a critical mass of evidence that global warming is already exerting a dramatic influence over air, land, and sea temperatures, with disastrous results for flora, fauna, and humans.
Lovelock, J. E.
The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate in Crisis and the Fate of Humanity
QH343.4.L694 2006x
A pessimistic view of earth's future from a prominent climate scientist and proponent of the idea that life on earth functions as a single organism.
Mann, Michael and Lee R. Kump
Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming
QC981.8.G56 M365 2008
Mann and Kump have taken the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and made them accessible to the lay reader in this DK publication using visually-stunning illustrations and understandable analogies.
McKibben, Bill
The Global Warming Reader: A Century of Writing about Climate Change
QC981.8.G56 G58199 2012x
A book to give you some perspective on the problem
Mooney, Chris (Chris C.)
Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming
QC944.M66 2007
One of the leading science journalists and commentators working today, Mooney delves into a red-hot debate in meteorology: whether the increasing ferocity of hurricanes is connected to global warming.
Musil, Robert K.
Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future
QC981.8.G56 M876 2009
Robert K. Musil of Physicians for Social Responsibility rejects cries of gloom and doom and shows how the fight against global warming can be won by the grassroots efforts of individuals.
Pearce, Fred
With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change
QC981.8.C5 P415 2006
Enviromental journalist Fred Pearce (author of When the Rivers Run Dry) presents evidence supporting the existence of global warming from many scientists.
Sweet, William
Kicking the Carbon Habit: Global Warming and the Case for Renewable and Nuclear Energy
TJ808.S87 2006
William Sweet puts forth the reasons for using wind and nuclear power in place of coal and petroleum.
Tidwell, Mike
The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America's Coastal Cities
QC981.8.C5 T53 2006
A prophetic journalist predicts that because of global warming, ocean levels will rise by three feet in the coming decades, and hurricanes will grow more powerful, endangering coastal populations not only in North America but throughout the world.
Wood, Chris, 1953-
Dry Spring: the Coming Water Crisis of North America
HD1691.W65 2008x
Wood is a Canadian journalist investigating the consequences of global warming on the water supply in the U.S. and Canada.

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DVDs (Videorecordings)

The 11th Hour
(DVD) QC981.8.G56 A144 2008x
Presents the arguement that the current trend of global warming is the result of human activity. Examines ways that human populations can work to reverse this trend.
Global Warming: The Signs and the Science
This documentary, produced by the South Carolina Educational Television Network, examines the dangers posed to the planet by global warming.
(DVD) QC981.8.G56 G581325 2005x
Global Warming: You Can Make a Difference
(DVD) QC981.8.G56 G5838 2006x
This production by Video Education Australasia examines how increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere create a greenhouse effect that produces climatic change and global warming. Discusses what can be done at international and individual levels to change human behavior and reduce carbon dioxide levels.
Gore, Albert
An Inconvenient Truth
(DVD) QC981.8.G56 I5335 2006x
Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warning have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause. Between lecture segments, Gore discusses his personal commitment to the environment, sharing anecdotes from his experiences.
On Thin Ice
(DVD) QC981.8.G56 O525 2007x
This Norwegian documentary examines glacial melting at Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, due to global warming caused by greenhouse gases. Discusses the effect that this phenomenon has had on wildlife.
Scientific American Frontiers. Hot Planet -- Cold Comfort
Examines recent research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Cape Cod, Massachucetts, connecting global warming with changes in climatic systems. Investigates shrinking glaciers in Alaska.
(DVD) QC981.8.G56 H3934 2005x
Strange Days on Planet Earth
Four National Geographic television programs examine the effects of climate change on various species and ecosystems.

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United States

  • C2ES – the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
    Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to advance strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.
  • Ceres
    Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership, mobilizing a network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy.
  • Climate Reality Project
    An organization founded by Al Gore to persuade the American people of the importance and urgency of adopting and implementing effective and comprehensive solutions for the climate crisis.
  • CO2 Science
    Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change offers a weekly online publication of its CO2 Science magazine, which contains editorials on topics of current concern and mini-reviews of recently published peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, books, and other educational materials on the subject of carbon dioxide and global change.
  • Carbon Footprint
    Measure the impact that your activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide.
  • Nature: After Kyoto
    "On 1 January 2013, the world can go back to emitting greenhouse gases with abandon. The pollution-reduction commitments that nations made as part of the Kyoto Protocol will expire, leaving the planet without any international climate regulation and uncertain prospects for a future treaty." (29 November 2012)
  • New Scientist: Climate Change
    Recent news and articles on climate change from a British Publication.
  • U.S. Climate Change Technology Program
    A multi-agency research and development program for the development of climate change technology
  • 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.
  • Wikipedia: Temperature record of the past 1000 years
    A very interesting article in the "free encyclopedia" that discusses the need for a reconstruction of past temperatures in order to improve the understanding of current climate variability. There are only reliable records since about 1850 and only from a few countries. The article links important terms to other entries in Wikipedia.

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  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
  • SciDevNet: Climate Change & Energy
    This dossier provides news, analysis and background on current debates about the nature and implications of climate change as it relates to developing countries.
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
    In 1994, most countries joined an international treaty -- the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) -- to consider what could be done to reduce global warming and cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable.
  • World Bank: Climate Change
  • WorldWatch Institute
    The WorldWatch Institute offers many reports on environmental issues related to climate change and energy.