Climate Action Resources

Climate Change Science

For most of us, the science of climate change is hard to grasp and somewhat overwhelming. If you’re looking for a quick and accessible overview that is easy to digest, we recommend viewing the video below or The Smithsonian's Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye the Science Guy

If you’d like to take a deeper dive and explore analyses by the world’s leading climate scientists, the best source of information is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), particularly its most recent Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5°C analyzing the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

The IPCC is a 195-member international body established by the United Nations to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation. Thousands of scientists from all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC. Review is an essential part of the IPCC process, to ensure an objective and complete assessment of current information.

We are seeing the direct impacts of climate change today. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures – are already happening. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compiles a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change based on data contributions from more than 50 contributors ranging from government agencies, academic institutions and other organizations.

Learn more about Climate Change Indicators and download the Indicators Factsheet (PDF, 280KB).

Other County Climate Change Resources

Whether you're a homeowner, renter, small business, or major corporation, there are steps you can take to save money and reduce GHG emissions. The following websites (and newsletters) can help!

Climate Change Commissions and Networks