Basic Climate Science

The reality of global warming and climate change due to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is unequivocal. Despite the overwhelming evidence for climate change, there has been a concerted, and unfortunately quite successful, campaign of misinformation to cast doubt on this reality. Here are some links to provide you with basic information about climate change and it’s impacts.

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)