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The Energy Star program is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and appliance manufacturers to promote energy-efficient appliances. Find out what products carry the Energy Star label, how their energy consumption compares to conventional models, and where you can buy Energy Star products.
The Home Energy Saver
Learn how much energy your home uses, and how you can save on your next utilities bill.
The Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy
Read up on every imaginable source of energy, from natural gas to nuclear power. You can also find the latest news on alternative fuels and renewable-energy sources, and take a look at statistics on energy use and recent press releases on energy-related topics.
The International Project for Sustainable Energy Paths
This site brings together the latest research on energy policies designed to help industry reduce carbon-dioxide emissions while continuing to promote economic growth. The site outlines the project's recent attempts to model the impact of greenhouse-gas emissions on the global climate, and efforts to translate their findings into workable public policy.
Climate Prediction Center
Follow temperature and precipitation trends, track storm systems, and keep an eye on the Antarctic Ozone hole at this site maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Centers for Environmental Protection.
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Keep up to date on breaking news in atmospheric science. Read what scientists are doing to further our knowledge of the forces behind climate change, and how their discoveries are leading to practical applications.
Pew Center on Climate Change
Browse through this comprehensive site detailing the causes, consequences, and proposed solutions to the problem of global warming. Read recent reports and opinion polls on environmental science and policy.
Office of Global Programs
Discover how the latest technology, along with the geological and biological records of past climate change, are helping to determine current global climate patterns. Learn how these patterns help scientists to ascertain the human impact on our changing climate.
Nuclear Energy Institute
The Nuclear Energy Institute is committed to promoting nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuel. This site points to the economic and environmental benefits of nuclear power, while addressing the issues of proper regulation and disposal of nuclear waste.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
Explore the newest possibilities in renewable energy, including solar, geothermal, and hydropower as well as the latest efforts to increase energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transportation.
Fossil Energy Online
Get the facts on fossil fuels from the Department of Energy's Fossil Energy office. The site includes statistics on fossil-fuel use in the U.S. as well as the latest information on how these fuels are being improved in order to reduce their emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Global Warming Site
The experts explain just how we know what we know about global warming and what we can do about it. Includes a science Q&A, the latest news on U.S. policy, and reactions to global warming from the international community.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy's top laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research, development and deployment has collected a large and very interesting amount of documents, information and resources.
Greening Earth Society
The Greening Earth Society offers an interesting counterpoint in the global warming debate. They argue that natural geological processes as well as human beings are responsible for increases in carbon dioxide detected in the atmosphere. The Society also believes that the economic havoc wreaked by a drastic reduction in the use of fossil fuels would not be worth the relatively small impact their elimination would make on our environment.


The Change in the Weather
By William K. Stevens

New York: Delacorte Press, 1999
From the Chicago heat wave of 1995 that claimed nearly 600 lives, to the continuing erosion of our shorelines, Stevens details examples of the disastrous effects wrought by ever increasing global temperatures. Through interviews with experts, the author shows how the changing weather patterns brought on by global warming are causing problems for people all over the world and will only continue to do so in the future.

Earth in the Balance
By Al Gore

London: Earthscan, 1992
Then-senator Al Gore wrote this passionate appeal to the American public in the hopes it would cause them to radically rethink their relationship to the environment. In the book that made policy makers finally recognize the consequences of our reckless disregard for the environment, Gore decries the squandering of our natural resources and the refusal of human beings to take responsibility for the protection of our planet.

Environmental Gore
By John A. Baden

San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, 1995
A response to Gore's book, this work relies on more concrete scientific evidence to make arguments for the causes and solutions to the crisis of global warming. Baden outlines practical answers to the dilemma, while proving that the interests of economists and environmentalists are not always mutually exclusive.

By Ray Bradley

San Diego: Academic Press Limited, 1999
In this highly accessible introduction to the discipline of paleoclimatology, learn how scientists use the analysis of geological and biological evidence, sophisticated dating methods, and computerized modeling tools to reconstruct an accurate historical record of the Earth's climate.

The Earth From Above: Using Color-Coded Satellite Images to Examine the Global Environment
By Claire L. Parkinson

Sausalito, CA: University Science Books, 1997
With 50 color satellite images, clear diagrams, and detailed illustrations, this book explains to the layperson how experts interpret satellite data and use them to determine how phenomena such as the ozone hole, El Nio, and volcanic eruptions are affecting our planet. The book also takes care to emphasize the limitations of satellite data and to point out the pitfalls commonly encountered in their interpretation.

Is the Temperature Rising?
By S. George Philander

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998
If you're not convinced yet, you might be after you read this book by Princeton geoscientist Philander. While the author is careful to explain the uncertainties inherent in any attempt to forecast the effects of global warming, he argues that yes, the temperature is rising, and if we wait too long for more 'accurate' scientific predictions, it may already be too late to avoid catastrophe.

Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming's Unfinished Debate
by S. Fred Singer.

Oakland: The Independent Institute, 1997.
Dr. Singer explores the inaccuracies in historical climate data, the limitations of attempting to model climate on computers, solar variability and its impact on climate, the effects of clouds, ocean currents, and sea levels on global climate, and factors that could mitigate any human impacts on world climate. In addition, he also finds that many aspects of any global warming, such as a longer growing season for food and a reduced need to use fossil fuels for heating, would actually have a positive impact on the human race.

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