Popular debate on climate change and what needs to be done about it, often seems, at least in my Australian experience, to founder or be distracted quickly on belief differences about the science foundations.
This is clearly not helped by politician and media sensationalism about the uncertainties (and flaws) in any scientific summary of the position. So what is an interested non-scientist to do? Just where are the credible scientific sources presented in a form that an interested lay person can understand - and understand not only the conclusions but also the uncertainties and the issues that remain.
Below are listed useful and balanced sources that I found in 2009 amongst the chaff. Please comment below and augment this list.
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - provides access to their pivotal assessment reports on climate change, including their summary for policymakers - the IPCC is the leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences
- Spencer Weart's History of Climate Change Science - an easily read summary of the history of the scientific discovery of global warming, as part of his recommended low production value site of essays covering a large range of climate change topics
- A Paleo Perspective on Climate Change - describes the way paleo-climatic data has extended the climate record back before the regular use of thermometers, and thus considerably enhanced the data on which climate science can operate
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center's Global Warming Frequently Asked Questions - excellent summary of the key questions on climate change history, data, uncertainties and projections
- Random Facts on Climate Change - 35 short random facts for those who like unrelated facts or for those with short attention spans!
- United Nations Environmental Program on Climate Change - UN site includes good coverage of science, policy and government and international actions, including of Copenhagen and similar UN sponsored meetings
- Pew Center on Climate Change's Global Warming Basics - US focused and accepts the position that human activity contributes materially to climate change and needs to be reduced, provides a readable and extensible introduction to climate change, and the policy and technological options
And some good bibliographic/metadata type sources:
- DMOZ Open Library Project on Climate Change - provides a categorized but generally self-annotated list of internet resources on climate change
- US Library of Congress Science Tracer Bullets Online on Global Warming & Climate Change - an annotated bibliography of reputable information sources, including a good range of internet sources in the second half
- Science and Technology Sources on the Internet's Global Warming and Climate Change Science - an annotated librarian's guide to relevant internet sources, covering the full range of viewpoints and aspects (links are updated)
Last Updated on Monday, 21 May 2012 07:28