Overview: Global Warming and Climate Change

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How Can We Stop Global Warming and Climate Change?

Updated: Sep 30th, 2022

This page features a brief introduction to global warming and climate change, including answers to some frequently asked questions, as well as the most important question of all,- What can we do to stop it?


The artic polar bear has become the poster-child of the climate change movement, as an example of species impacts and habitat destruction. Photo Credit: Getty Images


What is Global Warming?

Updated: Sep 19th, 2022

Based on the measurements we have since the 1880’s, the facts seem to indicate that our world is getting warmer. Global warming is defined as the gradually increasing trend in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere,- following as a result of human-produced pollution.


What are Greenhouse Gases?

Updated: Sep 20th, 2022

The greenhouse gases are the damaging gases coming from our factories, and our automobiles. They trap heat in our atmosphere, and as a result, they have a warming effect on our planet that scientists refer to as ‘the greenhouse effect.’


Global Warming or Climate Change?

Updated: Sep 20th, 2022

The terms global warming and climate change are words that are often used interchangeably. But in moving forward in your learning curve, there is a difference you should be aware of. Global warming and climate change, equals cause and effect!


What is Deforestation?

Updated: Sep 21st, 2022

The forests of the world are loaded with biodiversity, and also play a critical role in protecting our atmosphere. But they are under threat! Learn more about deforestation and how you can help ease the crisis.


Recommended Sites

This introduction to global warming and climate change was compiled using the opinions of experts from the following internet resources:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to assess available scientific, technical, and socio-economic information in the field of climate change. Links to full-text papers, meeting schedule, speeches and press releases, and an information center offering data viewed as statistics, graphically, and by map.

NASA: Global Climate Change

Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change. This NASA website is based on the evidence, causes, effects, and solutions of climate change.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA’s mission to better understand our natural world and help protect its precious resources extends beyond national borders to monitor global weather and climate, and work with partners around the world. 

What is the greenhouse effect? – NASA Climate Kids

The greenhouse effect is a process that occurs when gases in Earth’s atmosphere trap the Sun’s heat. This process makes Earth much warmer than it would be without an atmosphere. The greenhouse effect is one of the things that makes Earth a comfortable place to live.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

A groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary. This documentary discusses animal agriculture in terms of a leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, greenhouse gases, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and other environmental problems.

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists is a national nonprofit organization founded more than 50 years ago by scientists and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, using rigorous, independent science to solve our planet’s most pressing problems.

The State of the World’s Forests – FAO

The State of the World’s Forests, from the Food and Agriculture Organization. The Food and Agriculture Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security.

What’s driving Deforestation?

Forest, especially tropical forest, store enormous amounts of carbon. When forests are destroyed, that carbon is released to the atmosphere, accelerating global warming. The Union of Concerned Scientists is a nonprofit science advocacy organization based in the United States.

Mongabay

Mongabay.com is a web site that publishes news on environmental science, energy, and green design, and features extensive information on tropical rainforests, including pictures and deforestation statistics for countries of the world.

World Wildlife Fund

The World Wide Fund for Nature is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961, that works in the field of wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment.

Amazon Conservation Association

The Amazon Conservation Association is a non-profit organization working to conserve the biodiversity of the Amazon basin through the development of new scientific understanding, sustainable resource management, and rational land-use policy.



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