Climate change poses an extraordinary threat to the planet and its inhabitants.
as many climate-related natural disasters occurred in 2016 than in 1980.
Source: "Seven Things to Know About Climate Change," National Geographic, March 30, 2017.
The Greenhouse Effect
Learn about the relationship between greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
Why Scientists Are Watching Greenland
Understand the vast and varied effects of climate change.
Climate Change and the Coffee Industry
Observe how climate change can affect the livelihoods of entire populations.
Sources of Energy: A Comparison
Learn about the different characteristics of fossil fuels and alternative energy sources.
of the world's coral reefs have been lost in the past 30 years.
Source: Rebecca Albright, "Scientists Are Taking Extreme Steps to Help Corals Survive," Scientific American, January 1, 2018.
Energy Use Around the World
Discover the mix of energy sources different countries consume.
The Top Emitters of Greenhouse Gases
Explore the various lenses through which greenhouse gas emissions can be interpreted.
Who is Responsible for Climate Change?
Understand the historical division between developed and developing countries on responsibility for climate change.
of the United States’ 2020 greenhouse gas emissions goals could be met if Americans switched all beef in their diet with beans.
Source: Helen Harwatt, Joan Sabaté, Gidon Eshel, Sam Soret, and William Ripple, “Substituting beans for beef as a contribution toward US climate change targets,” Climatic Change 143 (2017): 261.
The Paris Agreement
Study the background, structure, and significance of the global climate change agreement.
How Climate Change Affects You
Source: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters
The Uninhabitable Earth, Annotated Edition
If enough action is not taken, climate change’s effects on the earth will be devastating. These are the worst-case scenarios.
Source: Kieran Doherty/Reuters
What’s Really Warming the World?
While some people may deny that human activity is driving climate change, data from NASA reveals the truth.
Source: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
The Great Nutrient Collapse
The increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could have dire consequences for the global food supply.
Source: Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Yes, The Climate Has Always Changed. This Comic Shows Why That’s No Comfort.
Randall Munroe, the author of the webcomic XKCD, finds a creative way to visualize global warming.
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