This interactive/applet allows the user to explore the potential increase in carbon emissions over the next 50 years, subject to modifications made by the user in various technologies that impact carbon output. Part of the Visualizing and Understanding the Science of Climate Change module.
This video considers the current estimates of sea level rise as possibly too conservative and discusses more recent data on ice melt rates coming from Antarctica and Greenland, showing rates of melt at up to 5 times as rapid. Scientists discuss what levels and rates of sea level rise have occurred in the past, including the Pliocene, which demonstrated 1m rise every 20 years.
This video features a number of different climate scientists describing the effects of the increasing amount of carbon dioxide on global climate and proposing a series of solutions to mitigate these effects. Video addresses health problems and other costs to humans associated with climate change.
In this Webquest activity, students assume roles of scientist, business leader, or policy maker. The students then collaborate as part of a climate action team and learn how society and the environment might be impacted by global warming. They explore the decision making process regarding issues of climate change, energy use, and available policy options. Student teams investigate how and why climate is changing and how humans may have contributed to these changes.
Join us a live webinar on Earth Day to learn how to host a Youth Climate Summit and engage high school students in a dialogue on Climate Change! This event is part of the White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative.
National Academies release two reports on climate intervention
February 13, 2015
Climate interventions, aka "geoengineering," refers to deliberate, large-scale manipulation of Earth’s climate intended to counteract human-caused climate change. The National Academies Press has released two reports that assess the potential impacts, benefits, and costs of two different proposed classes of climate intervention: carbon dioxide removal and reflecting sunlight. Neither of these types of interventions should take priority over mitigation and adaptation, the reports stress.
After visiting more than 30 communities preparing for climate change across the United States, the Georgetown Climate Center released a report identifying six big lessons from ongoing adaptation work across the country.
Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation
January 15, 2015
The American Planning Association's Hazards Planning Center worked with FEMA to develop Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation. This updated manual offers a no-nonsense explanation of the benefits and limitations of planning for unpredictable events.