Basic Climate Science

Sep 1, 2017 | Climate

What is climate change and what causes it?

If you want a short, simple explanation, check out these two videos:

Climate Science: What You Need To Know

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Simple Explanation of Climate Change

For short, straightforward description in writing and graphics, look at this website: Six graphics that explain climate change

If you want a more lengthy explanation but still pretty basic, go to this website: Global warming and climate change

What are the consequences of climate change?

Here is the simple version in a short video: Climate Change Explained

For a more thorough description of climate change impacts, go to this website: Impacts of Global Warming

Here is a moving short documentary on global impacts of fossil fuels – no words, just compelling visuals and sounds: Climate Change Effects on People and the Environment

For a description of climate change impacts in the Pacific Northwest, read this: Climate Impacts in Brief

If you want the most up-to-date and detailed information about climate change impacts in the Pacific Northwest, the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group has a lot of detailed information.

How can climate change and global warming by reduced?

  • Leave fossil fuels in the ground
  • Provide incentives for the development of renewable energy
  • Put a price on carbon
  • Make our buildings more efficient
  • Implement policies for greater fuel efficiency in cars and trucks
  • Stop deforestation
  • Implement agricultural practices that store carbon in the soil

Summary of Available Measures to Curb Greenhouse Gasses

Principles for Climate Justice (from a coalition of groups of color)