Climate Change

  • EPA Climate Change Kids Site
    This is a great resource - catered to full understanding with a variety of key topics necessary to understanding climate change. This would be a perfect place to start to cover the basics. There are some animations in the topic descriptions, too, that are worth the time to load.

    National Geographic Global Warming Quiz
    Click on the link above to take a somewhat more detailed quiz about your knowledge of global warming.

    NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) Global Warming Frequently Asked Questions
    This site has a few good answers to some FAQs. There are some pretty tricky and detailed ones, too. It also has a link to the National Climatic Data Center for data on past climates! Really detailed, but informative.

    NOAA Global Climate Change Indicators
    NOAA also has this site that, again, is fairly technical, but has some great information.

    National Wildlife Federation Global Warming Homepage
    This site has a wonderful set of essays, slideshows, and movies to talk about global warming. Very understandable. Some of the PDFs are pretty challenging to comprehend, but depending on your topic, there may be some great information there so don't shy away from checking a few out. The "More On Global Warming" information has some stuff, too, as does the "Global Warming Topics" menu on the right.

    NASA Global Climate Change homepage
    Wow. What an amazing site. The images and multimedia stuff is awesome. A few highlights include (among others): 1) the "Vital Signs of the Planet" strip at top has some great graphics of current information, 2) "Climate Time Machine" - a must-see - the time to load the movie is well worth it - great flash animations of "Sea Ice", "Sea Level" and others, and 3) the sidebars ranging from "Evidence" to "Solutions". Tons of great info!

    Climate Time Machine specifics:

    • Sea Ice: slider to show how sea ice changed from 1979 to 2007. Big effect right at end, with simple evidence clearly shown.
    • Sea Level: cool slider showing sea level rise up to 6 m (if Greenland ice sheet melts). 4 different map sets, with some cities. Look at populations of cities in those regions and the countries affected.
    • CO2 Emissions: shows a map of emissions from 1980 to 2004. Shows China increasing dramatically, while US stays high. Most countries don't change dramatically.
    • Average Global Temperature: data from 1885 to 2007. Shows global temperatures changing dramatically (via color shading) but overall huge difference in 100 years, especially in polar regions.

    National Geographic Global Warming Homepage
    Fantastic site. Check out the main images that pop up - a series of 5 'Features' that cycle through. Watch them all. Below that, the "More About Global Warming" links are good, as are the "Global Warming Topics" menu items on the right.

    United States Geological Survey (USGS) Office of Global Change
    Huge resource of information, more from the Science side of things. Tons of articles by topic. Most fairly technical, but well worth checking out.

    An interesting article about a book telling students to ask the hard questions and prove their teacher is a buffoon, and the response from the Australian Department of Climate Change:Accurate Answers to Professor Plimer’s 101 Climate Change Science Questions.

    See how you can impact the amount of Carbon Dioxide impact on the planet! Student's Guide to Global Climate Change Calculator

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