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Climate Change: What's the Issue?

Over the past several decades, scientists have reached a consensus that there are global climatic changes due to human-produced greenhouse gases, and these gases are leading to a global temperature increase. The consequences of this process are numerous and varied, and require significant action on a global scale. This guide provides background, resources, research recommendations, and political information. 

Places to Start

Looking for background information on the science, history, and politics of climate change? Try these resources to get you started.



Looking for a podcast about climate change? Try one of the series below!

RSS Feed: Climate Change News

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Maps & Tools

Monthly SST Anomaly: Global

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has excellent data and visualizations regarding the Earth's climate. Visit their site for more of these visualizations, the data behind them, and information on how to use and understand them.

For more information on this map, visit NOAA


NASA: Climate Time Machine

Global maps over the years of: Sea Ice, Sea Level, Carbon Dioxide, and Global Temperature.


NOAA: Sea Level Rise Viewer

This downloadable application allows you to use climate data sets to view sea level changes on a local and global scale. 


C-ROADS Climate Interactive

"C-ROADS is a free, award-winning computer simulator that helps people understand the long-term climate impacts of actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can use it to rapidly test strategies for tackling climate change."


This playlist of TED talks on the topic of climate change provides a range of content from experts:

  • Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland & former  United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Al Gore, Former VIce-President of the United States
  • Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • David Lammy, British MP and Shadow Chancellor
  • Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law
  • John Doerr, Engineer and Chairman of Kleiner Perkins
  • Greta Thunberg, Youth Climate Change Activist and Organizer
  • Colette Pichon Battle, Climate Change Activist and Founder of The Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Director of the Climate Change Center at Texas Tech University

Antarctica, Laboratory for Science - 1978


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