Climate Change: Useful Resources

Get Help Understanding Relevant Issues
Sep 27, 2016

Need help in understanding the impact of climate change? The following links explore different aspects of the problem, as well as approaches to addressing it and potential longer-term solutions.


Useful Resources




Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change 

You can’t think much about climate change policy without having at least a basic feel for climate change science. This Q&A from Justin Gillis at the New York Times provides a concise overview of that science. In about 10 minutes you will have a general understanding of what we know about things like “How much is the planet heating up?” and “How much trouble are we in?” Even if you already know a lot of this material, Gillis’ summary can give you some handy ways to explain the issues to others.

The New Climate Economy

This flagship project for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, a major international initiative to examine how countries can achieve economic growth while dealing with the risks posed by climate change, provides independent and authoritative evidence on the relationship between actions that can strengthen economic performance and those that can reduce the risk of dangerous climate change. 

Protecting Our Capital: How Climate Adaptation in Cities Creates a Resilient Place for Business This CDP report highlights opportunities for collaboration between city governments and businesses to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Increasingly, financial institutions are asking companies they invest in to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, climate risks, and mitigation and adaptation actions. Higher rates of public reporting on the part of companies and cities leads to greater management and accountability, and potentially greater financial investments in sustainability projects.

NASA Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA uses space-based observations to conduct research on solar activity, sea-level rise, the ozone layer, air pollution, and changes in sea ice and land ice. This site contains information on how NASA is contributing to climate research, as well as useful resources.

Climate Central

This organization of leading climate scientists and journalists reports the facts on climate change and its impact on the public. The organization publishes nonpartisan news reports, issue briefs, blogs, and books about pressing climate change issues.

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report The IPCC publishes reports written by hundreds of contributing climate scientists, detailing scientific, technical, and socio-economic assessments of climate change. This report, from November 2014, provides an integrated view of climate change and includes a synthesis and summary for policymakers.