Links to climate change resources
Personal Carbon Dioxide Calculators
World Resources Institute's SafeClimate.net - This new website allows you to calculate your carbon dioxide footprint, and provides suggestions for taking action to reduce your footprint.
Bonneville Environmental Foundation's Carbon Calculator allows you to calculate your carbon dioxide footprint, similarly to the SafeClimate calculator. However, BEF's calculator also provides you with the opportunity to purchase green tags, in order to offset the greenhouse gases for which you are responsible.
Top 10 Things You Can Do
The National Environmental Trust has published a two-sided flier that lists the top 10 ways you can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions on one side, and the top 10 things government can do on the other side. The document is published as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file - print it out and put it on your refrigerator to remind yourself not only of what you can do, but what you should be encouraging your representatives to do. Download the PDF file be clicking here.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest (where we are located), then you should also take a close look at the website of Climate Solutions , which will give you special information about activities happening here. Because the federal government is taking very little action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is extremely important to work with local initiatives to help build momentum for change.
And just in case you used up the top 10 list provided by National Environmental Trust, we will add an eleventh: Avoid buying a car, or buying a second car, by carpooling! eRideShare provides a way for you to find people with whom to carpool to work, anywhere in the U.S. You can even find long-distance ride shares here.
Global Warming News
Climate Ark is probably the most comprehensive collection of climate change-related news that is available.
The Heat is Online is a website based on the book The Heat is On: The Climate Crisis, The Cover-Up, The Prescription, by Ross Gelbspan. Includes an excellent collection of recent news on climate change, and exposes of the multimillion dollar efforts by fossil fuel lobbyists to discredit the science of climate change.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website documents the international agreements proposed for handling climate change. Once you're there, click on the navigation bar item named "RESOURCES" to find, among other things, a Guide to the Climate Change Negotiation Process , the full texts of the Convention itself and the Kyoto Protocol , and a Beginner's Guide to the Convention.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change prepares the international climate change assessments that are considered the last word on the science of climate change. The most recent assessment is the third assessment, which is divided between three working groups, "Scientific Basis," "Impacts, Adaptations and Vulnerability" and "Mitigation." You can download the "Summary for Policymakers" of each of the three working groups as PDF files from this website.
The U.S. Global Change Research Program supervises the National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change , a program to determine the implications of global warming to the United States in particular. The National Assessment is divided among various regional reports, which are most easily accessed from the National Assessment's regions page .
And finally, for all you hard-core nerds out there, download scientific papers and data files at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center.
Last Modified on February 19, 2002.