Background Information About Climate Change

Introductory Information

Climate Change and Southeast EcosystemsState Climate Office of North CarolinaThis material was delivered as part of a webinar for the Wildlife Conservation Society on October 19, 2015.
Climate Indicators Report EPAWith help from their partners, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has compiled a set of 26 indicators tracking signs of climate change. These indicators represent a selected set of key measures of climate change, and are not an exhaustive group of all climate change indicators.
A Discussion on Climate Change: Evidence and CausesNASWritten by a UK-US team of leading climate scientists and reviewed by climate scientists and others, the publication is intended as a brief, readable reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individuals seeking authoritative information on the some of the questions that continue to be asked. The team was convened under the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the U.K.’s Royal Society.
What We KnowAAASAn American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) compilation of “what we know” about climate science.
The Carbon CycleNASABy burning coal and oil, people are adding old carbon to the atmosphere faster than plants and the oceans can take it out. The carbon in the atmosphere acts like a blanket trapping heat and making the planet warmer. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) carbon expert Peter Griffiths explains.
Climate BasicsUSFSThis U.S. Forest Service site provides several resources that introduce the topic of climate change and discuss some of its implications for natural resource managers.
Special Collection: Challenges in Climate ScienceScience MagazineThis series of Perspectives aims to highlight some of the challenges that now exist in physical climate science and to discuss how they might be overcome in order to provide a more detailed understanding of Earth’s current climate and aid projections of future climate change.
Climate change and indigenous peoples of the USADaniel R. WildcatExamination of impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples and their homelands, and proposed strategies of adaptation, constitutes a compelling and timely report on what is happening in Native homelands and communities.
State of the Climate in 2017American Meteorological SocietyThe state of many monitored climate variables and the 2017 climate conditions of regions around the world.
Global Warming: Understanding the ForecastDavid Archer
Provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of global warming. Written in an accessible way, and assuming no specialist prior knowledge, this book examines the processes that control climate change and climate stability, from the distant past to the distant future.