Climate Change Resources

Worldwatch Resources on Climate Change and Global Warming
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"Severe Weather Events on the Rise," Vital Signs 2003
"Carbon Emissions and Temperature Climb," Vital Signs 2003
"Fossil Fuel Use Up," Vital Signs 2003
"Small Islands Threatened by Sea Level Rise," Vital Signs 2003

"Chapter 2: Making Better Energy Choices," State of the World 2004
Despite significant improvements in energy efficiency and a decline in the energy intensity of the global economy, the desire for bigger and faster lifestyles—combined with population growth—is driving a rapid increase in energy use worldwide.

"Chapter 5: Charting a New Energy Future," State of the World 2003
Renewable energy technologies have the potential to meet world energy demand many times over and are now ready for use on a large scale.

Worldwatch Paper 158: Unnatural Disasters
In the 1990s, natural catastrophes like hurricanes, floods, and fires caused over $608 billion in economic loss worldwide. A growing share of this devastation is not natural at all but is due to ecologically destructive practices.

Worldwatch Paper 160: Reading the Weathervane
A ten-year review of global climate policy since the Rio Earth Summit.

Worldwatch Paper 157: Hydrogen Futures
The notion of a "hydrogen economy" is moving beyond the realm of scientists and engineers and into the lexicon of political and business leaders.

Worldwatch Research Library: Climate Change

Worldwatch Research Library: Energy Sources

Top Five Links on Climate:
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BBC Weather Centre ( has some excellent pages that provide a basic overview of climate change and offer the possibility of in-depth exploration.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change ( features current news as well as basic and specific information about global warming.

Environmental Protection Agency ( gives a clear, concise overview of global warming, starting with more general information and delving into specifics. Also includes information about U.S. emissions levels, potential impacts on the U.S., and news stories.

Exploratorium’s Global Climate Change Research Explorer ( provides a comprehensive overview of climate change in an easy-to-use site.

Environmental News Network ( includes a searchable index of environmental news as well as special reports including “What is Climate Change?” and “Climate Change in the News.”

General Information:
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Climate Institute ( provides an all-encompassing look at climate issues, including a page on “What You Can Do.”

Climate Action Network (CAN) International ( is a network of NGOs working to promote government and individual action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“I’m Alright Jack” ( is an interactive game about the impacts of our day-to-day choices on climate.

Climate Calculator ( allows you to estimate your personal CO2 emissions and compare them to the average for your area.

Clean Air-Cool Planet ( links to articles and reports about how climate change will affect you, as well as to climate calculators and educational puzzles and games.

Abrupt Climate Change:
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Pentagon Report: Abrupt Climate Change ( This February 2004 report details an abrupt climate change scenario and discusses its implications for U.S. National Security.

Woods Hole Ocean and Climate Change Institute ( offers an easily navigable site outlining various studies and debates on the likelihood of abrupt climate change.

National Science Foundation Report: Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises ( This December 2001 publication discusses links between greenhouse warming and other human alterations of the climate system and the possibility of large, abrupt, and unwelcome regional or global climatic events.

Impacts of Climate Change:
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UN Environment Programme-GRID Arendal ( provides graphics and maps on the impacts of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

World Health Organization ( provides accessible information on the impacts of climate change on human health.

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative ( focuses on the risks and economic costs of climate change and publishes reports on climate change and the financial services industry.

World View of Global Warming ( includes photos and information documenting impacts to date.

Politics and Policies:
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UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ( contains press releases, reports, and general information on U.N. and other climate-related events.

Kyoto Protocol ( is an international agreement establishing specific targets and timetables for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. For current status of the Protocol, go to (

Caring for Climate ( is a detailed guide of the history, structure, and workings of the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol.

Beginner’s Guide to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ( is an easy-to-understand guide on the UNFCCC.

Cities for Climate Protection ( offers a framework for local governments to develop a strategic agenda to reduce global warming and air-pollution emissions.

Scientific and Technical Sites:
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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ( offers a variety of downloadable reports on the science of climate change, its impacts, and mitigation factors.

Goddard Institute for Space Studies ( provides comprehensive briefs and datasets on climate trends and observations. For insight into the science debate about climate change, see (

U.S. Climate Change Science Program ( gives information on U.S. research on climate change and contains highly technical reports.

World Meteorological Organization’s World Climate Program ( provides global weather forecasts and warnings and includes a wide range of climate data and assessments under its “Climate” topic.