Climate Change

Scope: Variations within the Earth’s atmosphere, and processes in other parts of the Earth such as oceans and ice
caps.  Impact of human activity on climate and human generated processes such as air and water pollution. For related information, see the Research Guide on Sustainability.


Clicking on the links will take you the corresponding bibliographic record in the TNCC online catalog, and show the location and availability of the titles.

General Searching Tips:

Call number areas to browse:

  • GE (Environmental sciences)
  • QC912.3 (Greenhouse effect)
  • QC981.8 (Climate changes)

Keywords to search:

climate change, global warming

Subjects to search (Library of Congress):


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  • pages on Climate Change
    & Global Warming
    and Weather.
  • Building Green [Natural Resources Defense Council] – “Green buildings” are designed for maximum
    energy-efficiency and minimum negative impact on the environment. For those considering building green, this Webby winning site explains sustainable building strategies, costs, and more.
  • California Climate Change Portal – “This website combines information [from state government
    agencies and commissions] on the impacts of climate change on California and the state’s policies relating to global warming” It provides background information, policy papers, reports, legislation, and other materials on California strategy related to global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change in the state. Maintained by the California Energy Commission.
  • Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) – This site posits solutions to “the greenhouse gas problem.” Find
    scientific and technical papers, references, and presentations on topics such as low-carbon energy technologies, underground carbon storage, and carbon mitigation strategies. Includes links to related websites. A joint project of Princeton University, BP, and the Ford Motor Company.
  • Chesapeake Climate Action Network – (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  Their mission is to educate and mobilize citizens of this region in a way that fosters a rapid societal switch to clean energy and energy-efficient products, thus joining similar efforts worldwide to slow and perhaps halt the dangerous trend of global warming.
  • Climate Biz - the Business Resource for Climate Management. Businesses interested in improving their
    environmental performance will find backgrounders here on such topics as the business case for climate-friendly policies, establishing targets and measuring performance, reducing emissions, carbon offsets, etc.
    Also, a glossary, news, best practices, tools and resources, and an “Ask the Climate Expert” feature.
  • Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Change Site – offers comprehensive information on the
    issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments.
  • Global Change Master Directory – from Goddard Space Flight Center.  More than 15,000 descriptions of Earth science data sets and services covering all aspects of Earth and environmental sciences.
  • Global Warming and Climate Change – Hot paper links from “The Best Information on the Net” by St. Ambrose University Library.
  • – Information source linking environmental concerns with business success. Features “easy-to-read overviews” of topics like computer recycling, green building, green product design, buying recycled materials, etc.
  • Green Car Congress – “News and analysis of the energy choices, technologies, products, issues and policies related to sustainable mobility.” Searchable, and browsable by such topics as biodiesel, fuel efficiency, electric vehicles, hybrids, personal transit, etc., as well as by country.
  • How It All Ends – A series of Youtube videos created by a physics teacher to explain the science behind climate change arguements and risk analysis of taking or not taking action.
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by World Meteorological
    (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. It is open to all Members of the UN and of WMO.
  • Kyoto Protocol – International agreement that sets binding targets for industrial countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • National Climate Data Center – World’s largest active archive of weather data.
  • Pew Center on Global Climate Change -Provides reports, publications, and online resources on climate change.
  • Sea Ice Yearly Minimum 1979-2007 – from the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.
  • US Global Change Research Program – United States government interagency research program focusing on the interaction of natural and humans induced changes in the global environment.
  • Wiser Earth – “a community directory and networking forum for organizations addressing the central issues of our day: climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights, and more.” You can search the site or browse the directory for organizations, people, jobs, events, areas of focus (community development, sustainable cities, greening of industry, etc.), or resources.
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