Climate change and its directly significant effect, i.e., global warming, have recently become more and more remarkable global problems, partly due to activists introducing this topic into the public debate. Global atmospheric concentrations of CO2, CH4 and N2O have increased markedly as a result of human activities since 1750, thus the Earth’s climate must change somehow to restore the balance between incoming and outgoing radiation. Under the effects of global warming, sea level will rise, which will cause potential impacts on human life.

Governments must find new ways of developing their economies by using clean energy, making new emission standards, increase producer responsibility for pollution, etc. Natural events and human activities are believed to be contributing to an increase in average global temperatures. To understand this issue, people must find relevant information. Below is a selection of helpful websites which can be used for convenient and informative resources related to climate change.

The Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) website (http://www.ucsusa.org/) is a leading science-based nonprofit organisation working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

UCS stands out among nonprofit organisations as a reliable source for independent scientific analysis. In an increasingly complex and technical world, rigorous and objective research and analysis are essential to devise innovative and effective solutions for cleaner air, energy and transportation, to ensure food is produced in a safe and sustainable manner.

Carbon Offset Research & Education

Carbon Offset Research & Education (CORE) (http://www.co2offsetresearch.org) is an initiative of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), which is an independent, international research institute bridging science and policy for sustainable development.

CORE’s mission is to foster offset programs and policies that maximise their potential benefits while minimising their potential risks. The CORE team conducts cutting-edge research to inform policymakers and the general public. The content of the website is based on research conducted separately for US EPA, WWF and others.

The Global Change Research

The Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO) (http://www.gcrio.org/index.php) provides access to data and information on climate change research, adaptation/mitigation strategies and technologies, and global change-related educational resources on behalf of the various US Federal Agencies that are involved in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP; http://www.globalchange.gov/).

GCRIO offers the following products and services to its users: GCRIO acts as a clearinghouse for selected key documents and reports that are either generated or sponsored by the US Government or by specific Federal Agencies. It provides high-level User Services for the interagency Global Change Data and Information System (GCDIS).

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