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We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of articles and videos to provide a holistic perspective on our changing climate. This is the first step in our 12-week virtual Climatepedia Certificate Program. To join a global community interested in learning more about climate change, apply here.

climate science

Climate 101

“Like a pendulum, the Earth’s climate naturally swings between hot and cold over long time periods. However, scientists have found strong evidence that people are influencing the climate by adding increasing amounts of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere…”

Accessed June 2020 • Climatepedia

How do we know?

“The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62°F since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere…”

Accessed June 2020 • NASA

A blanket around the Earth

“Scientists attribute the global warming trend observed since the mid-20th century to the human expansion of the “greenhouse effect” — warming that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space…”

Accessed June 2020 • NASA

climate change impacts

Our Changing Climate

“Global climate is changing and this is apparent across the United States in a wide range of observations. The global warming of the past 50 years is primarily due to human activities, predominantly the burning of fossil fuels.”

2014 • National Climate Assessment

Climate impacts

“The magnitude of each impact depends on our collective choices as well as details—e.g., the particular region and the people that live there—but together, the range of impacts makes climate change one of the most urgent issues facing humanity today…”

Accessed June 2020 • Union of Concerned Scientists

Extreme Weather

Some extreme weather and climate events have increased in recent decades, and new and stronger evidence confirms that some of these increases are related to human activities…”

2014 • National Climate Assessment

Oceans

“Ocean waters are becoming warmer and more acidic, broadly affecting ocean circulation, chemistry, ecosystems, and marine life…”

2014 • National Climate Assessment

We broke down what climate change will do, region by region

“Not all regions in the U.S. are going to experience climate change in the same way. Your backyard might suffer different climate consequences than my backyard…”

November 29, 2018 • Grist

climate policy

Climate change policy & mitigation fact sheet

“Climate change is a global problem that will require global cooperation to address…”

May 20, 2019 • University of Michigan

 

8 things you need to know about the 1.5° report

“While all countries committed under the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 – 2˚C (2.7 – 3.6˚F), major questions remained: How can the world achieve this temperature goal? And what happens if it doesn’t?”

October 7, 2018 • World Resources Institute

 

climate justice

I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet

“Stopping climate change is hard enough, but racism only makes it harder…”

June 3, 2020 • The Washington Post

As Climate Change Hits Miami, Only The Rich Will Be Able To Protect Themselves

“With sea levels rising in Miami, ‘climate gentrification’ is driving up prices in high-ground areas, pushing people out of working-class neighborhoods…”

December 19, 2018 • Huffington Post

climate solutions

Climate Solutions

“While all countries committed under the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C-2˚C (2.7-3.6˚ F), major questions remained: How can the world achieve this temperature goal? And what happens if it doesn’t?”

October 7, 2018 • Union of Concerned Scientists

We must change our relationship with land

“Two major pieces of research reveal the clear and present danger biodiversity loss…”

September 9, 2019 • Reuters Foundation

Cities & the Environment

“Are we on the right track to create environmentally friendly cities? As things stand today, putting too much hope in tech-savvy urban environments may significantly stall progress towards a sustainable future…”

January 5, 2018 • Green European Journal

 

climate communications

Scientific Consensus

“Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree…”

Accessed June 2020 • NASA

Yale Climate Opinion Maps

“Public opinion about global warming is an important influence on decision making about policies to reduce global warming or prepare for the impacts, but American opinions vary widely depending on where people live.”

September 17, 2019 • Yale

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Additional Readings

Human Health

Climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways, including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and diseases carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks…”

2014 • National Climate Assessment

Yes, It’s Still Time to Talk About Climate

Amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, some climate activists have been saying “now’s not the time to talk about climate.” In this episode we talk about how justice is justice, climate and racial justice are all the same thing, they can’t be separated.

June 5, 2020 • Hot Take

Water Supply

Water quality and water supply reliability are jeopardized by climate change in a variety of ways that affect ecosystems and livelihoods…”

2014 • National Climate Assessment

 

Ecosystems & Biodiversity

Ecosystems and the benefits they provide to society are being affected by climate change. The capacity of ecosystems to buffer the impacts of extreme events like fires, floods, and severe storms is being overwhelmed…”

2014 • National Climate Assessment

Climate Change Responses

Planning for adaptation (to address and prepare for impacts) and mitigation (to reduce future climate change, for example by cutting emissions) is becoming more widespread, but current implementation efforts are insufficient to avoid increasingly negative social, environmental, and economic consequences.”

2014 • National Climate Assessment

 

 

What a 100-degree day in Siberia really means

“The record-setting high is much more than a quick spike for the Russian Arctic, where months of extreme heat may have dangerous consequences…”

June 23, 2020 • National Geographic

 

Climate Change & Cities

“A broad synthesis of the latest scientific research on climate change and cities. Mitigation and adaptation climate actions of 100 cities are documented throughout the 16 chapters…”

2015 • Urban Climate Change Research Network 

Agriculture

Climate disruptions to agriculture have been increasing and are projected to become more severe over this century…”

2014 • National Climate Assessment 

Re-Imagining Environmental & Natural Resources Law

“Recognizing the progress made over the last 50 years, GWU and ELI jointly convened a meeting of environmental and natural resources legal scholars and leaders from the community of practitioners in March 2019 to discuss the critical issues and solutions that will define the next 50 years of environmental and natural resources law…”

March 21, 2019 • Meridian Institute

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