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  1. Earth Climate History Through Ice Caps (
      Provides graphs and explanations of climate changes, as well as greenhouse gases, radioactivity, and other measures. Shows that climate over the past ten thousand years has been very stable compared to the time before. Uses ice cores from Antarctica to determine past climate. 3-01

  2. Climate Change (UMAC)
      Provides a summary of climate and temperature changes in modern times. 3-01

  3. Catastrophe Changes Civilizations (PBS - Secrets of the Dead Series)
      Provides evidence that in 535 A.D. the climate of the world was changed due to a volcano eruption. In turn, David Keyes researches changes in civilizations that may have been due to the droughts and hunger that may have resulted from the eruption. 6-01

  4. Recycling, Climate Change, and Pollution (Environmental Defense)
      Provides articles by topic or by search engine. 7-02

  5. Climate Change (
      Provides dozens of articles on global warming and climate change. 10-04

  6. -06-15-05 Bush Climate Expert Joins Oil Giant (Guardian Unlimited)
      "A senior White House official accused of doctoring government reports on climate change to play down the link between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming has taken a job with ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company."

      "Philip Cooney, who resigned as chief of staff of the White House council on environment quality at the weekend, will begin work at the oil giant in the autumn."

      "Politicians and environmental groups in Washington condemned the move yesterday." 6-05

  7. -07-06-05 Climate Change a Top Issue for G8 Summit (BBC News)
      "Climate change and global trade will top Thursday's agenda when G8 leaders get down to business in earnest."

      "The first full day of the G8 summit will be dominated by the environment, an issue which could expose fault lines between the US and other countries.'' 7-05

  8. New Chinese Coal Plants Will Make Climate Change Almost Certain (BBC News)
      "Coal built China - and fuels its relentless growth today. Eighty per cent of China's electricity comes from coal, and there are plans for 544 new coal-fired power stations to meet an insatiable demand for energy."

      "Yet coal is a prime source of carbon dioxide - the global warming gas. If the power plants go ahead, it will be all but impossible to avoid dangerous climate change." 05-06

  9. Climate Report: Massive Extinctions Expected (MSNBC News)
      "A key element of the second major report on climate change being released Friday in Belgium is a chart that maps out the effects of global warming with every degree of temperature rise, most of them bad."

      "There’s one bright spot: A minimal heat rise means more food production in northern regions of the world."

      "However, the number of species going extinct rises with the heat, as does the number of people who may starve, or face water shortages, or floods, according to the projections in the draft report obtained by The Associated Press."

      "The final document will be the product of a United Nations network of 2,000 scientists as authors and reviewers, along with representatives of more than 120 governments as last-minute editors. It will be the second of a four-volume authoritative assessment of Earth’s climate released this year. The last such effort was in 2001." 03-07

  10. -04-06-07 Climate Change Will Hit the Poor the Hardest (PBS News)
      "The negotiations were long, stretching late into the night. This morning, scientists outlined a grim picture at a news conference." 04-07

  11. Climate Change Basics (BBC News)
      "Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas of concern. A finite amount of carbon is stored in fossil fuels, the sea, living matter and the atmosphere."

      "Without human influence, transfers between these stores roughly balance each other – for example, plants absorb carbon as they grow, but release it as they decay."

      "But when humans cut down trees or burn fossil fuels, they release extra carbon into the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect." 05-07

  12. Climate Change Puts Mediterranian Sea at Risk (
      "Climate change is affecting Europe faster than the rest of the world and rising temperatures could transform the Mediterranean into a salty and stagnant sea, Italian experts said Wednesday. Warmer waters and increased salinity could doom many of the sea's plant and animal species and ravage the fishing industry, warned participants at a two-day climate change conference that brought together some 2,000 scientists and officials in Rome." 04-10

  13. -01-26-09 Raising the Bar on Fighting Climate Change (
      "The Bush White House was so profoundly hostile to action on global warming that during its eight-year tenure, one could have qualified as a 'green progressive' simply by asserting that climate change was real. In 2007, under these circumstances — perhaps because of them — was born an unlikely alliance between Duke Energy, a North Carolina-based utility that depends heavily on coal, and the Environmental Defense Fund, which together with 30 other green groups and major corporations, formed the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP)." 01-09

  14. United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP)
      "United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) is a group of businesses and leading environmental organizations that have come together to call on the federal government to quickly enact strong national legislation to require significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. USCAP has issued a landmark set of principles and recommendations to underscore the urgent need for a policy framework on climate change." 01-09

  15. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (
      Provides reports on climate change. 01-09

  16. Catastrophic Climate Change

  17. -A Vision for Reversing Catastrophic Climate Change (Evaluation and Development Institute) star
      "Our quality of life cannot survive in a world with massive climate change…and massive climate change is very likely unless we aggressively sequester the carbon dioxide (CO2) already in the atmosphere[1]. If something is not done quickly, the earth may be facing an Extinction Level Event.[2] Merely reducing the rate that we increase CO2 cannot succeed. The amount of CO2 already in the air is already much too great to avoid catastrophe.[3] Pre-industrial levels were at 280 parts per million (ppm) and the current level is 387ppm. Even after massively reducing use of fossil fuels, the earth is expected to exceed the “redline” of 450 ppm before the atmosphere gets better." 02-11

  18. United Nations Climate Change Conference (CBS News)
      The United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Copenhagen on December 7 - 18, 2009. 03-09

  19. Raising the Bar on Climate Change (
      "A 2008 Stanford University study found that between one-third and two-thirds of carbon offsets under the U.N.'s Clean Development Mechanism — which oversees offset projects under the Kyoto Protocol — do not represent actual emission cuts. In addition, the USCAP proposal recommends that many of the initial carbon emission allowances under a cap-and-trade system should be given to industry free, rather than auctioned — even though auctioning would push carbon reductions faster." Visitors may call it cap and trade. 05-09

  20. What the Public Doesn't Know About Climate Change (
      "In a paper that came out Oct. 23 in Science, John Sterman — a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Sloan School of Management — wrote about asking 212 MIT grad students to give a rough idea of how much governments need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by to eventually stop the increase in the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere. These students had training in science, technology, mathematics and economics at one of the best schools in the world — they are probably a lot smarter than you or me. Yet 84% of Sterman's subjects got the question wrong, greatly underestimating the degree to which greenhouse gas emissions need to fall. When the MIT kids can't figure out climate change, what are the odds that the broader public will?" 05-09

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