Climate change, specifically global warming, has captured the attention of people worldwide and has inspired more debate and action-personal, political and corporate-than perhaps any other environmental issue in history.
But all of that discussion, along with the mountains of data and conflicting points of view that go with it, sometimes make it hard to really know what's going on. This guide will help you cut through the rhetoric and confusion and get to the facts.
The Nuts and Bolts of Climate Change
The first step toward learning what can be done to reduce global warming, and how you can help, is to understand the problem.
- What Causes Global Warming?
- How Do Humans Contribute to Global Warming?
- Climate Change: Air and Land Observations
- Climate Change: Effects on the Oceans
- Climate Change: Effects on the Frozen World
Greenhouse Gases and the Greenhouse Effect
The greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon, and many greenhouse gases occur naturally, so why are they cited as problems whenever global warming is discussed?
Current and Future Effects of Climate Change
The effects of global warming are often discussed in future terms, but many of those effects are already under way and having an impact on everything from biodiversity to human health. But it's not too late. If we act now, most scientists believe we can avoid many of the worst effects of global warming.
Climate Change and Human Health
Climate Change, Wildlife and Biodiversity
Climate Change and Natural Resources
Reducing global warming and mitigating its effects will require a combination of enlightened public policy, corporate commitment, and personal action. The good news is that the world's leading climate scientists have agreed that there is still enough time to address the problem of global warming if we act now, and enough money to get the job done without undermining national economies.
Climate Change and You
As a citizen and a consumer, you can influence public policy and business decisions that effect global warming and the environment. You can also make lifestyle choices every day that reduce your contribution to global warming.
Climate Change and Renewable Energy
One of the best ways to reduce global warming is to use renewable energy that doesn't emit greenhouse gases.
Transportation and Alternative Fuels
Transportation accounts for 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States-two-thirds of that from automobiles and other vehicles-and many other developed and developing nations face similar challenges.
On page 2, learn what governments, the business community, environmentalists, and science skeptics are saying and doing about global warming .
Global warming is a complex problem that can only be solved by a worldwide effort involving individuals, businesses, and governments at all levels. Global warming affects everyone. Yet, our perspective on the issue-how we see it and how we choose to address it-may be very different from the views of people from other backgrounds, professions or communities around the world.
Global Warming: Politics, Government and the Courts
Governments play an important role in the effort to reduce global warming with public policies and tax incentives that help to promote constructive action by businesses and consumers, and through regulation that can prevent abuses that worsen the problem.
U.S. GovernmentState and Local Governments
- California Passes Breakthrough Bill to Help Curb Global Warming
- U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
- 500 U.S. Cities Pledge to Reduce Global Warming
- World Leaders Launch Initiative to Accelerate Work on Global Warming
- U.S. Climate Action Partnership: A Coalition for Change
- U.S. Climate Action Partnership Doubles Membership; General Motors Signs On to Fight Global Warming
- Rogers and Me: An Interview with Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers
- Review: An Inconvenient Truth
- An Inconvenient Truth Wins Two Oscars
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- The Royal Society-Climate Change
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Climate Change
- Climate Change for Kids-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Real Climate: Climate Science from Climate Scientists
- National Resources Defense Council-Global Warming
- Sierra Club-Global Warming and Energy