Climate change is a complex and challenging topic. Although the political debates about what climate change is and what we should do about it have helped make more information available, it can be difficult to navigate the wide variety of reports, articles, websites, and news stories that are out there.

In short, it is challenging to find reliable, scientifically based information that is written for intelligent, concerned non-scientists.

Parasol has designed a curriculum for group study, which recommends readings that introduce and explain the basic scientific concepts and concerns — and we have also created a guide to starting a study group. But, since not all questions are best served by in-depth study, we also recommend the following introductory sources. They provide facts and figures about climate change and global warming, and basic analysis and discussion of some of the questions people often ask about climate change.

What is Global Warming? ~ from National Geographic‘s Global Warming
Short essay explaining what global warming is, how it affects life on the earth, and why it is a concern.

Frequent Questions ~ from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Change
Answers to questions about climate science, the effects of global climate change, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Global Warming & Climate Change – Frequently Asked Questions ~ from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Discussion of a wide range of questions — from basic definitions to details of the current state of the earth’s atmosphere to political opinion about climate change.

Global Climate Change: Key Indicators ~ from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Global Climate Change: NASA’s Eyes on the Earth
Detailed graphs showing data on historic changes in sea levels, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere, global surface temperatures, arctic sea ice, and land ice.

Global Warming Facts & Our Future ~ from the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences
A web exhibit discussing global warming, its causes and effects, and the efforts people have undertaken to solve climate change problems.

Global Warming Facts and Figures ~ from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change
An introduction to the basics of climate change science, presented in charts and figures.

OurWorld 2.0: Climate ~ from the United Nations University
Timely articles and analysis of various aspects of climate change science and politics.

Information Sheets ~ from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia
Detailed summaries of current scientific knowledge on specific topics in climate change and global warming, written for laypersons.

The Discovery of Global Warming ~ by Spencer Wert
A summary of the history of the scientific discoveries that have led to our current scientific understanding of global warming and climate change.




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