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The World Book has a short, general article about global warming from eminent scientist George M. Woodwell. {Once upon a time, the NRDC site included a profile of Dr. Woodwell in which he said that he hadn't discovered the Web yet.  The profile also included the following statement by the eminent scientist:

BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL MILESTONE
When we discovered in the mid-1960s that we could take the government to court on major environmental issues -- and succeed. That brought basic ecology to the front pages of the newspapers and into everybody's house and consciousness.

And people say that lawyers are just social parasites .... }

CNN created a special report on global warming in 1997 entitled "Our Changing Climate".
The US Global Change Research Information Office has a FAQ about climate change.  (According to the header of the FAQ, it was copied from the United Nations Environment Programmeit's not American, so they misspell "program"or from the World Meterological Organization, a UN Specialized Agency.)
The Atmospheric Research and Information Centreit's British, so they misspell "center"has two useful fact sheets that are fairly technical but not impenetrable, one covering greenhouse gases and one covering atmospheric aerosols. (You may think of aerosols as a gas, but they are actually very small solid particles suspended in a gas.)
A guy who used to be a financial-futures trader who used to be a physicist now makes a really cool historical atlas and, on the side, made these maps on the assumption that the polar ice-caps have melted, leading to a 150-meter rise in sea levels.  (If you want, you can see the Web page about the really cool historical atlas.  Professor Setear owns a copy of this atlas and found out about its maker's past when a call to the Support Line yielded--in strict contrast to calling, say, Microsoft--the person who both ran the company and had programmed the atlas.)
The Washington Post had an article (on March 15, 1999) about pre-historic fluctuations in atmospheric carbon dioxide and about glacial-interglacial transitions in which rises in temperature precede rises in carbon dioxide.  The article included a graphic about carbon flows and a graph showing estimates of atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels.
Your tax dollars are at work to provide the public with information about climate change, with the relevant bureaucrats often making unintentional(?) puns in the process.  The State Department includes "Global Climate Change" on its "Hot Topics" List.  (See the Hot Topics list if you don't believe us..)
You'll be comforted to NOAA that the Department of Commerce's oceanic and atmospheric specialists have a FAQ on global warming, which they call "[o]ne of the most hotly debated topics on Earth".
The EPA's global-warming page, apparently marching to a different drummer, used to feature prominently some snow-covered trees--but they have recently replaced that picture with some lovely spring flowers.
NASA, sober scientists that they are, eschew any subliminal verbal or graphical commentary for a graph of surface-temperature trends, although they also have a no-equations Fact Sheet on Global Warming. (Note: it's in Acrobat format; you can read it from machines in the Law School lab or download Acrobat for your own computer for free here.
The Climate Change Secretariat of the United Nations resides in the generally cool clime of Germany. (Your tax dollars are not necessarily at work for the UN, actually. Back in 1999, the US was about a billion dollars behind in our payments to the UN. Take a look at the third bullet in the third paragraph in this testimony before Congress by the Acting US Ambassador to the UN.  Perhaps things have gotten better since.)
The not-for-profit NRDC has a variety of information- and action-oriented pages linked to its global-warming index page.
The not-for-profit Climate Action Network knows that there's no "I" in CAN.
One plucky individual's site focuses on skepticism about global warming from the scientific and political perspective, as does this page on the site of the pro-profit but not-for-profit collectivity known as the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Enter "Kyoto" on the CEI's search page for a number of other articles on climate change from a similar perspective.
Yahoo! has two different big lists of links related to global warming, one here and another here
And there are a variety of online news services covering climate change, with stories such as:

Global warming may slow ozone-layer healing -- March 29, 1999 (CNN)

Researchers solve evaporation paradox -- December 4, 1998 (CNN)
West Antarctic ice sheet not in jeopardy -- December 1, 1998 (CNN)
Flexible thin-film solar cells touted -- July 26, 1999 (CNN)
Sales tax urged on agricultural chemicals -- July 13, 1999 (CNN)
Cities may be key to saving environment -- June 28, 1999 (CNN)
Greenhouse gases spur warm, wet winters -- June 3, 1999 (CNN)
Global warming could trigger ocean current collapse -- August 31, 1999 (ENN News)
New Method Could Reduce CO2 Levels Safely -- August 31, 1999 (ENS)
Tourism Industry Served Climate Change Warning -- August 31, 1999 (ENS)
Nordics Roll Out Climate Flex-Mex Initiative -- August 31, 1999 (ENS)

Energy Use Links

Wind power capacity grew rapidly in 1998 -- January 5, 1999 (CNN)
Combined wind, biomass power proposed -- July 21, 1999 (CNN)
Rocky Mountain Institute (Energy)

 


 

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