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History books and articles are listed below.
For information on climate change today,
if you need basic facts go to the "START
HERE " page maintained by climate scientists. There
are many good books, although parts of them go out
of date quickly. For a detailed review of current scientific understanding
see the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change) 2007 reports. For the full physics with equations
there's draft chapters of a textbook online here
but for the whole story you must study the printed textbooks for graduate
students. Web sites worth visiting at this time (December 2007) include:
Basic information, news and reports
here page is indeed a good place to start. Also:
guide from Carnegie-Mellon is one place to start.
The National Academy of Sciences offers a multi-media
warming pages offer much information with frequent updates (not always
Scientist magazine's climate change guide has readable articles
and news. The New
York Times global warming page has the latest and a news archive.
A U.S. government Global Change Research
Information site includes reports and some news items.
The Pew Center on Climate
Change offers news and policy-related reports.
NOAA has a global
warming FAQ page.
Illustrations: photos and diagrams, historical
If you want to really study it all, get acquainted with the
meticulously compiled IPCC reports.
The National Academy Press has many
key reports available online (search on "climate"). The Congressional
Research Service reports have lots on policy options.
Controversy and action
See my own Personal Note and talking
points for scientists (pdf download).
Hundreds of links and other tools
(news, blog, sustainability, etc.) from ClimateArk.
RealClimate.org is a blog
run by reputable scientists who respond to new (and some old)
issues with clear scientific explanations. They list many other blogs.
Jim Hansen's website
offers reports and advice from the man who correctly predicted two decades
ago where we would be now.
The industry-funded Cooler Heads
Coalition offers arguments against the IPCC consensus; the Marshall
Institute also gathers arguments motivated by conservative ideology.
A thoughtful blog that attacks the IPCC consensus is climate
The World Resources Institute
(mainstream environmentalism) has reports, including matters of business
The WWF, Greenpeace,
Defense, and the National
Resources Defense Council, environmental activist organizations, have
basic climate change information and arguments, news, and programs for
You can reduce greenhouse emissions!
Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" Website offers ways
to take action,
Environmental Defense lists 20
simple steps you can take, the US government (EPA) suggests what
you can do.
You can help scientists predict climate.
Put your PC's idle time to good use by joining the team at climateprediction.net.
Some other good Websites: United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Kyoto Protocol.
The US Environmental Protection
Agency's global warming site, including a KIDS'
PAGE . The Exploratorium's
interactive site. The Union of Concerned Scientists' Hotmap
of impacts. The European
Commission climate site from the European Union. The Canadian
Seven recommended books:
John Houghton, 2004. Global Warming: The Complete Briefing.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 3rd ed.
— Excellent factual summary for
the general public.
Tim Flannery, 2006. The Weather Makers. New York: Atlantic
— Best-selling, readable report
by a scientist-writer.
Mark Bowen, 2005. Thin Ice : Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in
the World's Highest Mountains. New York: Henry Holt.
Fascinating description of a climate scientist at work.
Michael Tennesen, 2004. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Global Warming.
New York: Penguin-Alpha.
Easy reading with many kinds of information.
Jeffrey Langholz and Kelly Turner, 2003. You Can Prevent Global
Warming (and Save Money!): 51 Easy Ways. Kansas City, MO: Andrews
— Just what the title says.
John D. Cox, 2005. Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change and What
it Means for Our Future. Washington, DC: National Academies (Joseph
Henry Press). Text available
Report for the general public on the risk of rapid climate change.
Spencer R. Weart, 2003. The Discovery of Global Warming. Cambridge,
MA: Harvard University Press.
The much shorter narrative version of this history Website - more
For the history, here are some
other useful printed works:
Christianson, Gale E. 1999. Greenhouse: The 200-year Story of Global
Warming. New York: Walker.
Dansgaard, Willi. 2004. Frozen Annals. Greenland Ice Sheet Research.
Copenhagen: Dept. of Geophysics of the Niels Bohr Institute at the University
Edwards, Paul N. 2000. "A brief history of atmospheric general
circulation modeling." In General Circulation Model Development,
edited by D. A. Randall. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
Fleagle, Robert G. 1992. "From the International Geophysical Year
to global change." Reviews of Geophysics 30:
Fleming, James R. 1998. Historical Perspectives on Climate Change.
New York: Oxford University Press.
Fleming, James R., ed. 1996. Historical Essays on Meteorology 1919-1995.
Boston: American Meteorological Society.
Gelbspan, Ross.1997; 2004. The Heat Is On. The High Stakes Battle
over Earth's Threatened Climate. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1997;
Boiling Point. How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and
Activists Are Fueling the Climate Crisis — and What You Can Do to
Avert Disaster. New York: Basic, 2004.
Handel, Mark David, and James S. Risbey. 1992. "An annotated [historical]
bibliography on the greenhouse effect and climate change." Climatic
Change 21: 97-255.
Imbrie, John, and Katherine Palmer Imbrie. 1986. Ice Ages: Solving
the Mystery. Rev. Ed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Jones, M.D.H., and A. Henderson-Sellers. 1990. "History of the
greenhouse effect. "Progress in Physical Geography 14:
Kellogg, William W. 1987. "Mankind's impact on climate: The evolution
of an awareness." Climatic Change 10: 113-36.
Mayewski, Paul A., and Frank White. 2002. The Ice Chronicles: The
Quest to Understand Global Climate Change. Hanover, NH: University
Press of New England.
Miller, Clark A., and Paul N. Edwards, eds. 2001. "Changing the
atmosphere. Expert knowledge and environmental governance." Cambridge,
MA: MIT Press.
Mooney, Chris. 2007. Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the
Battle over Global Warming. New York: Harcourt.
Nebeker, Frederik. 1995. Calculating the Weather: Meteorology in
the 20th Century. New York: Academic Press.
O'Riordan, Tim, and Jill Jäger. 1996. "The history of climate
change science and politics." In Politics of Climate Change:
A European Perspective, edited by T. O'Riordan and J. Jäger.
Rodhe, Henning, and Robert Charlson, eds. 1998. The Legacy of Svante
Arrhenius. Understanding the Greenhouse Effect. Stockholm: Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Schneider, Stephen H., and Randi Londer. 1984. The Co-evolution
of Climate and Life. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
Somerville, R., et al. 2007. "Historical Overview of Climate Change
Science." In Climate Change 2007: The Physical Basis of Climate Change.
Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the
IPCC, edited by Susan Solomon et al., pp. 93-127. Cambridge and New
York: Cambridge University Press (online at the
Stevens, William K. 1999. The Change in the Weather: People, Weather
and the Science of Climate. New York: Delacorte Press.
Victor, David G. 2001. The Collapse of the Kyoto Protocol and the
Struggle to Slow Global Warming. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University
Weart, Spencer R. The Discovery of Global Warming. Cambridge,
MA: Harvard University Press, 2003.
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