Science says...


Since many of the environmental issues of the day are likely to be affected by climate change, this site offers selected resources to help you inform yourself about Earth's current condition. The resources listed below are offered by Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson, a climatologist at Ohio State, when she gives presentations to the public.


She wrote:  "The following information is provided for those who wish to learn more about this issue [climate change]. These materials are organized from the most basic information to more complex issues. Included are a number of the international and national assessments that represent the general scientific consensus on specific topics. It is important to remember that scientists are naturally skeptical and constantly test and retest their hypotheses as more observations are obtained and as knowledge advances. Climate science, like all the sciences, builds on current knowledge to generate deeper and broader understanding."


Ellen also explains some terms that are frequently used, as a helpful starting point:

"Below are some websites where you can explore the fundamentals of the role of greenhouse gases in maintaining Earth's energy balance, and the role of additional greenhouse gases that result in an enhanced warming." The latter is greater than the natural greenhouse effect (GHE) and is "...called the enhanced greenhouse effect, which is often cited as a mechanism contributing to 'global warming'. Global warming is a catch-all term that really means the globally-averaged surface temperature (GAST) of Earth has warmed. The best estimate is that the GAST has increased about 0.75 degrees C. since 1900."


Reliable Websites

Reliable Publications


Scientific peer-reviewed resources


Recommended Books (in no particular order)

  • Driving to Net Zero: Stories of Hope for a Carbon-Free Future (2018), David Hrivnak
  • Climate Justice (2018), Mary Robinson
  • Climate of Hope (2017), by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope
  • The Discovery of Global Warming, by Spencer Weart
  • The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change:  A Guide to the Debate, 2nd edition (2010) by Andrew E. Dessler and Edward A. Parson
  • World Without Ice (2009) by Henry Pollack
  • Two Billion Cars:  Driving toward sustainability, by Daniel Sperling (UC Davis professor) (2009). (Listen to the story on NPR's "Fresh Air", too.)
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why we need a green revolution-and how it can renew America (2008) by Thomas Friedman
  • Global Warming:  Understanding the Forecast (2008) by David Archer
  • With Speed and Violence (2007) by Fred Pearce
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005) by Jared Diamond

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