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Use the links below to learn more about the science, politics and economics of climate change and what you can do to help protect the global environment.

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The Pew Center on Global Climate Change
This section of Pew's comprehensive site keeps up to date on what is happening to address the climate issue: internationally, in Congress, at the state level, and in the business community.

BBC iCAN -Climate Change
BBC's iCan site aims to help people take first steps in addressing issues which concern them. The site contains tips on taking action, links to organizations, case studies and articles.

David Suzuki Foundation: Climate Change:What You Can Do
Tips from scientist David Suzuki on how to reduce climate change by actions you can take at home and work and information on the Carbon Neutral program.

Greenpeace: Climate Change Solutions
Information from the environmental advocacy group on new technologies to reduce emissions.

Practical ideas to help slow greenhouse gas production.

Stop Global Warming Virtual March
A bi-partisan effort to show there is a vast consensus among Americans that global warming. The Virtual March on Washington will move across the United States via the Internet. Concerned citizens can join online and find more information on global warming.

Primers and FAQs

BBC News: Global warning?
The BBC's archive of articles and interactive features on global warming includes charts and maps, an energy quiz, background on the science of climate change and interactive Guide to Climate Change It is part of an extended series, Planet Under Pressure.

CNN In-Depth: Changing Planet
CNN's online special goes in depth into the science, impact and policy surrounding climate change with interactive models, a timeline, and streaming video. Also, this 4/8/05 CNN, The science debate behind climate change describes the contention among scientists regarding global climate change.

GLOBAL WARMING: Early Warning Signs
An interactive world map that illustrates the local consequences of global warming. Each highlighted spot on the map links to further information and the study citations used. Curriculum materials are also available for high school teachers.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: Global Warming Fast Fact
This illustrated collection of evidence of the Earth's warming from hurricanes to glacial melt. Part of the magazine's online special issue on climate change.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration answers frequently asked questions about global warming.

Material from the "One Degree" episode includes six reasons ..."Why Should I Care?"

NEW SCIENTIST Special Report on Climate Change
The magazine offers a section called "Instant Expert" which contains a timeline, articles, reading lists, notable quotes, and a selection of "infrequently asked questions."

Pew Basics
This nonprofit organization provides information on the science behind climate change, the potential consequences of it, a glossary of relevant terms, and other material.

Kyoto Protocol

Kyoto Protocol FAQs
With this initial caveat, the CBC presents an FAQ on Kyoto: "The problem the Kyoto Protocol is trying to address is climate change, and more specifically, the speed at which the earth is warming up. Whether Kyoto can accomplish this is very much a matter of debate."

Q and A: The Kyoto Protocol
BBC News Online looks at the agreement and addresses such questions as: "Are there alternatives?" and "How much difference will Kyoto make?"

International and Governmental Organizations

Climate Change Science Program
The U.S. Climate Change Science Program integrates federal research on climate and global change, as sponsored by thirteen federal agencies and overseen by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Economic Council and the Office of Management and Budget. The Bush administration's August 2004 report to Congress can be found on the site.

EPA's Global Warming Site
The EPA's site gathers information on climate, emissions, impacts, actions, and news on the topic of global warming. The site features a section on what individuals can do to make a difference.

Hadley Center for Climate Prediction and Research
The Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, provides a focus in the United Kingdom for the scientific issues associated with climate change. The Web site includes such engaging features as the science behind the film 28 DAYS LATER.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The IPCC is the most authoritative source for statistics and figures on climate change. Visit this site to view the latest assessment reports, press releases, and graphics.

European Union: Climate Change
Comprehensive information on the EU's efforts to reduce production of greenhouse gases. The EU-15 is committed to deliver the collective 8% cut in emissions by 2008-2012 to which it signed up under the Kyoto Protocol. Equally the New Member States are determined to meet their individual targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

U.S. Global Change Research Program
This site brings together information about federally funded research on global warming, changing ecosystems, the carbon cycle, the water cycle, and much more. It contains links to hundreds of U.S. and international science organizations.

In Depth Discussions

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
Read the report of this international project of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), to evaluate and synthesize knowledge on climate variability, climate change, and increased ultraviolet radiation and their consequences. The results of the assessment were released at the ACIA International Scientific Symposium held in Reykjavik, Iceland in November 2004.

The Copenhagen Consensus
The Copenhagen Consensus project, organized by Denmark's Environmental Assessment Institute with the co-operation of THE ECONOMIST, aims to consider and to establish priorities among a series of proposals for advancing global welfare. The consensus placed global warming near the bottom of their list.

Scripps Climate Research Division
Among the project sponsored by Scripps is the recently reported update to a study by Tim Barnett. In a follow-up to a preliminary study published four years ago, he looked at ocean-temperature surveys made over the past 65 years. Barnett confirmed that the sea has got warmer since the 1940s, and particularly since the 1960s. At a depth of 700 meters, temperatures almost unchanged. But surface temperatures in all six of the ocean basins he examined (the north and south Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans) have increased by about half a degree Celsius.

Information on pilot projects to support the development and uptake of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in the industrial sector in three geographically diverse countries.

United States Energy Information Administration
Text of a report was undertaken at the request of the Committee on Science of the U.S. House of Representatives to analyze the Kyoto Protocol, "focusing on U.S. energy use and prices and the economy in the 2008-2012 time frame." The Committee specified that EIA consider several cases for energy-related carbon reductions in its analysis, with sensitivities evaluating some key uncertainties: U.S. economic growth, the cost and performance of energy-using technologies, and the possible construction of new nuclear power plants.

National Academy of Science: Climate Change Publications
Fifteen recent publications from the National Academies about the science and policy implications of global warming and climate change.

World View of Global Warming
Gary Braasch's The World View of Global Warming project is documenting this change through science photography from the Arctic to Antarctica, from glaciers to the oceans, across all climate zones.

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