This section is a list of websites and print media related to climate issues. In addition to science background and links to science related agencies, it includes a number of resources related to climate and urban / community design, economics, education, communications, psychology, and public policy.
Books and other print media
- Kitchen, David E., 2014, Global Climate Change: Turning Knowledge into Action
- Mathez, Edmond, 2009, Climate Change: The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future, Columbia University Press
- Moran, Joseph M. 2010, Climate Studies: Introduction to Climate Science, American Meteorological Society
- Ruddiman, William F., Earth’s Climate: Past and Future, 3rd Edition, Macmillan Press
- Ruddiman, William F., 2014, Earth Transformed, 3rd Edition, Freeman and Company
- Wolfson, Richard, 2008, Energy, Environment, and Climate, Norton Press
- IPCC, 2018, Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15)
- IPCC, 2014, Fifth Assessment Report
- US Global Climate Research Program, 2018, Fourth National Climate Assessment
- Charctic Interactive Sea Ice Graph < http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/ > An interactive graph of annual sea ice extent for 1979 through 2019 developed by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
- Climate Dashboard < https://www.climatelevels.org/?pid=2degreesinstitute&theme=grid-light > Interactive graphs of global temperature, sea level, carbon dioxide, methane, oxygen, and nitrogen oxide levels for the past millennium and the past 800,000 years. Developed by the 2° Institute.
- Climate Reanalyzer < https://climatechange.umaine.edu/climate-matters/climate-reanalyzer/ > A viewer of climate data and model outputs developed by the University of Maine, Climate Change Institute.
- Landscape Climate Dashboard: Climate Protections for Federally and Tribally Protected Lands in the West < http://climatedashboard.org/ > A viewer projected climate changes through 2075. A project of the Conservation Biology Institute.
- National Climate Change Viewer < https://toolkit.climate.gov/tool/national-climate-change-viewer > A viewer for climate related maps and graphs produced by climate models used by the World Climate Research Programme.
- NOAA View Data Exploration Tool < https://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/view/globaldata.html > A map viewer of atmosphere, ocean, and land data developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- UN Atlas of the Oceans < http://www.oceansatlas.org/ > An internet portal to information relevant to sustainable development of the oceans. Developed under the authority of UN-Oceans.
- Agencies and Organizations
- National Center for Atmospheric Research < https://ncar.ucar.edu/ > NCARis a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research, and education in atmospheric and related science.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration < https://www.noaa.gov/ > A branch of the US Federal Government tasked with monitoring and evaluating atmospheric, oceanic, and climatic changes, distributing information derived from this activity, and conserving and managing coastal and marine ecosystems.
- National Snow and Ice Data Center < https://nsidc.org/ > NSIDC is a research group located at the University of Colorado Boulder that focuses on the cryosphere and its interaction with climate. The cryosphere includes snow, sea ice, glaciers, ice caps, and tundra.
- UN Atlas of the Oceans < http://www.oceansatlas.org/ > World Meteorological Organization < https://public.wmo.int/en > An agency of the United Nations tasked with coordinating the global collection and distribution of weather and climate data. The WMO also works closely with the IPCC in developing regular climate assessments and special reports.
- World Glacier Monitoring Service < https://wgms.ch/ > WGMS is an international agency for monitoring glaciers worldwide.
Energy and Climate
Books and Reports
- Rocky Mountain Institute, 2018, Public Collaborative for Puerto Rico’s Energy Future, < >
- Rocky Mountain Institute, 2015, Renewable Microgrids: Profiles from islands and Remote Communities across the Globe, < >
- Rocky Mountain Institute, 2018, The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook < https://rmi.org/insight/carbon-free-regions-handbook/ >
- Rocky Mountain Institute, 2017, The Carbon-Free City Handbook < https://rmi.org/insight/the-carbon-free-city-handbook/ >
- Union of Concerned Scientists, 2009, Climate 2030: A National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy, < >
- Energy Flowcharts < https://flowcharts.llnl.gov/ > Flow charts of energy consumption and carbon emissions for most of the countries of the world. Developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.
- Energy Sector’s Vulnerabilities to Climatic Conditions < https://www.energy.gov/maps/climate-vulnerabilities > An interactive map of the United States showing how major energy facilities have been impacted by increasing temperatures, decreasing water availability, increasing storms, flooding, and sea level rise. Developed by the US Department of Energy.
Agencies and Organizations
- Cool Climate Network < > A University / Government / Business / NGO partnership at the University of California, Berkeley.
- International Renewable Energy Agency < https://www.irena.org/ > An intergovernmental organization that supports countries in their transition to renewable energy economies. IRENA accomplishes this through research, consulting, workshops, and publication.
- International Atomic Energy Agency < https://www.iaea.org/ > An organization with the UN that works with UN member states and multiple partners to promote the peaceful use of nuclear technologies. Included because some climate activists see an expanded nuclear power system as the quickest and most realistic options for curtailing carbon emissions.
- Rocky Mountain Institute < https://rmi.org/ > RMI is a US based organization dedicated to research, publication, consulting, and lecturing in environmental sustainability. It’s special focus is on market-based measures to encourage energy and resource efficiency.
- U.S. Department of Energy < https://www.energy.gov/ > The US Federal agency responsible for administrative oversight of national energy production.
Policy and Economics
Books and Reports
- Stern, Nicholas, 2006, The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review, Cambridge University Press
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2017, Economics of Climate Change < https://www.epa.gov/environmental-economics/economics-climate-change >
Climate Watch < > A portal for data, visualizations, and analysis designed to help policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders gather insights on countries climate progress. Developed by the World Resources Institute.
Agencies and Organizations
World Resources Institute < > A global organization spanning +60 countries with offices in Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa. WRI does research, consulting, and education to help governments, businesses, and communities develop environmentally sustainable economies.
Climate Action Plans – Policy documents for cities and states involving climate mitigation and adaptation
- Anchorage Climate Action Plan < > Anchorage, Alaska. This plan is noteworthy because of the unique problems that rising global temperature poses for Arctic regions.
- Milwaukee Climate Action Plan < > Milwaukie, Oregon. A smaller city in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon known for its efforts to promote sustainable development.
- Portland Climate Action Plan < > Portland, Oregon. This document is particularly noteworthy because it was one of the first such city plans in the United States.
- Sustainable communities – Towns, cities, and villages in which renewable energy generation and energy efficiency are key features
- Freiberg Germany <https://www.freiburg.de/pb/,Len/644009.html> This small German town is an example of sustainable urban development known for its emphasis on energy efficiency, local renewable energy development, and transportation network.
- Global Ecovillage Network < https://ecovillage.org/> A network of approximately 10,000 communities designed through local action to be socially, culturally, environmentally, and economically sustainable.
- Georgetown Texas < https://gus.georgetown.org/renewable-energy-faqs/ > A net-zero town in the midst of Texas oil country. This development was pursued largely for economic reasons.
- Hafencity Hamburg < https://www.hafencity.com/en/overview/the-hafencity-project.html > A redevelopment zone in Hamburg Germany that characterized as an example of urban sustainable development. Themes Quarters Project <HafenCityProjekte_March_2017_english.pdf>
- Wildpoldsried Germany < https://www.wildpoldsried.de/index.shtml?energie_homepage > A Bavarian village known for its dairy and energy farming.
- Woking England < https://www.woking.gov.uk/nature-and-sustainability > A town of 90,000 in Surrey England known for its Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system and efforts at building energy efficiency. A remarkably detailed website with considerable policy and technical information.
Communications and psychology
Books and reports
- Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, 2016, Global Warming’s Six Americas < https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/about/projects/global-warmings-six-americas/ >
- Agencies and Organizations
- Understanding Risk Research Group < > A multi-national research group based at Cardiff University (UK) that looks at attitudes towards climate change in Europe.
- Yale Program on Climate Change Communications < > A social science research group at Yale University that conducts research to help leaders communicate more effectively about climate issues and actions. One of their chief goals is to increase public understanding of climate risks and opportunities.