MCP Session 1: Basic Science Resources

(updated 02/17/2021)


Homework from Session 1 for Session 2:

View video of Greta Thunberg – Climate activist Greta Thunberg turns 18 Jan 3, 2021 (2.32 minutes).


Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops – Introduction. Video (13:09) Official Launch with the Dalai Lama and Greta Thunberg (Jan 10, 2021).

How Global Warming Works (5 videos explain how global warming (related to climate change) works in as few as 52 seconds.)

Earthrise Poem (4:30) Amanda Gorman, the first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, got rave reviews for her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” delivered at the Jan. 20 inauguration of now-President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. She is also a compelling climate leader, as a couple dozen Santa Barbara and Ventura climate activists found out when they attended the Los Angeles Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in August 2018. Amanda Gorman shared this inspiring poem from the stage.


Berkeley Earth –  a good source for global climate data and interpretations

How humans disrupted a cycle essential to all life. This is the one thing you need to understand before thinking about our options to fight climate change. By 

How Global Warming Works (5 videos explain how global warming (related to climate change) works in as few as 52 seconds.)

A Brief History of CO2 Emissions (vimeo; Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) 2017)

State of the Climate In 2017. Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Vol. 99, No. 8, August 2018.

Complete IPCC 2013 Working Group I -Physical Basis (large file)

National Climate Assessment Report (2014) Climate Change Impacts in the US (Pacific Northwest)

Oregon Climate Assessment Reports – Oregon Climate Research Institute

Fifth Report (Jan 2021)

Fourth Report (2019)

Oregon Climate Assessment Report (2010)

Pictorial timeline to counter the rubric “climate is always changing”!

Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions. A New York Times set of responses to common questions, accurate, but a little vague on occasions.

Melting Permafrost Emits More Methane Than Scientists Thought

Looking for signs of global warming? They’re all around you

Climate Change has become too hot to handle

Allergies, glaciers, and pikas: climate change in action

Links to resources organized by Key Question

Key Question 1.What is the difference between climate and weather?

Weather & Climate Basics: What Is the Difference Between Weather and Climate?

Key Question 2. What is the current scientific understanding of anthropogenic (human-induced) global warming and climate change?

Climate Change 2013: Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis

GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP)

Fundamentals of Environmental Measurements – Solar Radiation & Photosynthetically Active Radiation

Spectrum of Solar Radiance

Four Climate Change Facts To Keep the Senate Up All Night

IPCC Working Group I: Summary for Policymakers

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere reach new record

Skeptical Science – Where is global warming going?

Climatic Research Unit: Data-Temperature

British Meteorological Office, Hadley Center Climate Programme and University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit data (HADCRUT)

Met Office Hadley Centre observations datasets

GISS Surface Temperature Analysis

World Meteorological Pattern

Met Office – Human influence important factor in possible global and UK temperature records

Key Question 3. What are the major contributors to global warming?

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

EPA: Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data

Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks

The Carbon Mistake: Why carbon is not always the appropriate target of our efforts

Key Question 4. Are climate models credible?

4th National Climate Assessment Report. Volume I, Chapter 3: Detection and attribution of climate change