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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.

Recommended Books



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


There are many surveys of the American public regarding climate change, such as the one below. Try visiting Statista for more surveys and reports.

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
James Hansen,  professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University
Rachel Pike, Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry computer modeling from the University of Cambridge
James Balog, Photographer, the Extreme Ice Survey

Lord Nicholas Stern, Baron Stern of Brentford, Chair of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the LSE, Director of the India Observatory, President of the British Academy
David Keith, Environmental Scientist at University of Calgary
Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law
John Doerr, Engineer and Chairman of Kleiner Perkins

Intelligence Squared Debate on Climate Change


Antarctica, Laboratory for Science - 1978


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