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What are the best textbooks on climate science?

I'm looking for climate science textbooks that take a mathematical approach: that go in-depth with the maths of modelling etc. I'd appreciate if they also had a focus on the science of anthropogenic climate change / global warming. Can you recommend any? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Nov 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Environmental depression

I need help dealing with my anxiety over climate change. I need help figuring out how I can help. It's a bit more complex than that, but not much. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2014 - 31 answers

Best college major for addressing climate change?

What kind of skill sets does one need to be of best help to addressing climate change? It would seem like the most obvious choice is to major in environmental science. Otherwise, maybe political science to deal with legislators and capital hill? Or "who cares what you study undergrad" and go to law school?
posted by defmute on Jun 18, 2014 - 26 answers

I want to learn about climate change

I want to learn about climate change and the challenges facing the environment today. Please recommend resources! [more inside]
posted by Hey Judas! on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 answers

"How could I bring a child into this world?" The climate change edition.

Many people I know who aren't global warming skeptics are still planning to procreate. Though I might like to have a kid someday, the thought of their future quality of life strikes me as a potentially decisive ethical objection to it. While I've seen plenty of arguments against procreation that deal with the ethics of creating more consumers, that issue is distinct from the ethics of creating new sufferers. Can you point me to any well-reasoned arguments--whether yours or something you've seen, on either side of the issue--that deal with the ethics of choosing to bring children into a hotter world? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 3, 2014 - 41 answers

How to prepare for disaster without going all Doomsday Preppers

I think it's not too tin-foil-hatty to say that we're getting more extreme weather because of climate change. Let's say you're city dwelling DINKs with a cat and you want to kit out one of those under bed storage boxes with supplies (food? candles? batteries? whiskey? tiny cat hard hat? I really have no idea) in case of extreme weather. What would you include? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Dec 31, 2013 - 33 answers

High-quality, low-carbon pictures needed!

Looking for images that depict a brave low-carbon world of tomorrow [more inside]
posted by greytape on Jul 12, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I most effectively work for political change on global warming?

So I'm a Canadian citizen living in the US, which means I can't vote anywhere. But I still want to work for political change, on global warming in particular. I'm not trying to make myself feel good, I want to make a difference if possible through whatever legal and non-deceptive means are available to me (donations, volunteering, whatever). Help me find a way to do that. [more inside]
posted by goingonit on Jun 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Help a layperson better understand the current science of climate change

I would like to become much better educated on the subject of climate change, with the ultimate goal of making work that explains specific aspects of climate science for a lay audience. To that end, can you recommend to me:
- books/articles/podcasts/websites covering:
----current predictions of climate change
----explanations of how climate processes interact
----discussions of specific changes that would need to take place to prevent the worst-case scenarios
----histories of the study of climate change
-authors or organizations that you'd consider leading experts
[more inside]
posted by AndNeverWell on May 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Global Warming game

Has anyone created a game - RPG, Computer, tabletop etc - that uses Global Warming as its basis? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Jan 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Climate of despair

What can I do about climate change? Because so far my only action has been to feel utterly hopeless. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Jan 14, 2013 - 40 answers

Investing with climate change in mind

What are some investments or places that discuss investing with climate change in mind. What I mean by this is, what are some funds or investments that I should look into as the reality of climate change starts to sink in and its effects gradually become more noticeable. [more inside]
posted by mulligan on Jan 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Green my job

I have been fully radicalized by climate change. Help me find a new job preparing for and/or helping us avoid it. Some requirements and nice-to-haves inside. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Nov 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Social discount rates?

Help me understand the argument that the social discount rate sets the amount we should invest to mitigate climate change. [more inside]
posted by piyushnz on Jul 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Highly visual climate science demos

Is there a demonstration of an aspect of climate science that could be performed for a television show, and which would be highly visually interesting? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Jun 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Needed: politically biased "data" on energy use

My brother is asking for research help, and it's definitely not my area of expertise. Can anyone help him out? He needs books on energy use, but he wants them biased. Yes. [more inside]
posted by timepiece on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

The only constant is change

Will someone tell me what's wrong with the data cited and resulting conclusion here that the last ten years have seen a cooling trend in the United States? [more inside]
posted by codswallop on Nov 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Al Gore memorabilia

Is the famous global warming "hockey stick" graph, the one Al Gore used in his movie, actually fatally flawed, and why is the "spaghetti" graph an acceptable replacement? [more inside]
posted by shii on Oct 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Why did the denialist cross the road? It was just a natural cycle.

I need some help cracking jokes about climate change denialists. [more inside]
posted by wilful on May 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Taxing carbon?

The Australian government is working out the details for a tax on carbon. Where will the money raised in this tax go? What will it be used for? [more inside]
posted by robotot on Apr 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Help a little boy save the world!

I have an eleven-year-old nephew who is very anxious about environmental degradation, particularly climate change. He has asked me for a membership to Greenpeace for Christmas. I've been looking at the Greenpeace website and have found it expensive and uninspiring. Are there any environmental organizations that could help an anxious kid get involved in saving the world? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on Nov 20, 2010 - 17 answers

Why can't left be right?

Why is environmentalism an issue of the left and not of the right? Why are those who disbelieve climate change on the right and not the left? I mean, the question is, just how did the two sides get to where they are on this? Was it coincidence, or are there fundamental beliefs on each side that created this divide? [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Jun 29, 2010 - 33 answers

Catch a Certain Climate Change Comic?

I'm looking for a climate change-related editorial/political cartoon from a few month ago, perhaps around Copenhagen. I believe it featured: a split-screen slide at a presentation, one side "Global Warming Is a Hoax," the other side listed several other pro regulation/efficiency/renewable arguments (reduced foreign oil dependence, green jobs, etc., etc., etc.) Does that sound familiar? I thought it was Toles, but I've thoroughly searched WaPo's and Slate's archives.
posted by glibhamdreck on Apr 19, 2010 - 3 answers

"That could never happen." "It so totally could!"

Is there any way that major fluctuations in the Earth's climate could have an effect on the temperature of the Earth's core? What about its density? Could temperature changes cause some sort of change in the planet's gravity or magnetic fields? Could changing weather have any other effect on the Earth's interior? [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Feb 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Climate science book suggestions

Help me counter-snark my climate-change-denying uncle. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Feb 14, 2010 - 26 answers

Who is leading the fight against coal?

In his book Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen makes the case that phasing out coal is the most important thing for humanity to do, to reduce the chances of catastrophic climate change. As such, my question is this: which organizations in Canada and the US are doing the most to advance that aim, both domestically and internationally? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Feb 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Refuting the climate skeptics?

What single site (preferably), or sites, should I go to for a concise explanation on climate change, and specifically, refuting the arguments made by "climate change skeptics". [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Jan 23, 2010 - 9 answers

The polluter pays

I (think I) read somewhere on the web the factoid that, if we could restrict the impacts of climate change to within the borders of the country responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions, the temperature of the USA would rise by (something like) 22° Celsius. Now I can't for the life of me find it again. Does anyone know where I read this, or am I simply imagining things? I'd like to be able to cite an authority for my assertion. Climate change skeptics need not apply.
posted by Tawita on Dec 19, 2009 - 4 answers

Where do all these anti-AGW comments come from?

Whenever there's a prominent article about climate change published online, without fail, a multititude of global warming sceptics then swarm discussion board and fill it with angry comments. Where does this come from? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Dec 5, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me calculate my carbon ass-print.

How much does my flatulence contribute to climate change? [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo on Dec 2, 2009 - 12 answers

What are some global warming tipping points?

What are some smaller-scale global warming tipping points that would radically alter everyday life? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Oct 28, 2009 - 15 answers

Hardcopy of IPCCs "2007 Synthesis Report?"

Can I buy a hardcopy of the IPCC's "Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report?" [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Oct 24, 2009 - 4 answers

Offsetting sea level rise: An engineering idea of Biblical proportions

The seas are rising. Climate change has made it inevitable. I have a strange question... Assuming that world sea-level rises by 1 metre over the next hundred years - Would it be possible to cordon off a section of land, somewhere in the centre of a continent, and flood it to create an artificial ocean, thus reducing the consequences of the sea rise? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 18, 2009 - 30 answers

How has droughts in Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne) impacted perceptions of climate change?

How have landscapes transformed by drought in Australia (esp. Brisbane or Melbourne) impacted people's perceptions of climate change? [more inside]
posted by GIMG on Jul 7, 2009 - 11 answers

Social Media + Environmental Concerns?

What are some social media sites that have an environmental tilt? [more inside]
posted by GIMG on Mar 29, 2009 - 6 answers

What innovations of the Obama campaign could be applied to activist campaigns?

Could activists for social causes (e.g. global warming) learn something from the Obama campaign in how to effectively engage and mobilize people?
posted by GIMG on Jan 22, 2009 - 13 answers

I need to cite my Gulf Stream sources!

I'm arguing with a conservative friend about global warming. Specifically, the idea that changes in the Gulf Stream have lead to Britain getting colder as a result of climate change. I don't know how valid this theory still is, but my question is: where can I find some scientific journal articles on the subject?
posted by teraspawn on Jan 7, 2009 - 11 answers

Were China's Olympic greening efforts short-term?

Will China's efforts to go green for the Olympics be instituted for the longer-term or for a broader geographic range?
posted by GIMG on Dec 5, 2008 - 3 answers

How does the Chinese media deal with climate change (esp. during the Olympics)?

How does the Chinese media handle climate change, and what (if any) difference did the Beijing Olympics have in this? [more inside]
posted by GIMG on Nov 26, 2008 - 1 answer

What's the evangelical New York Times?

What are some popular evangelical periodicals in the U.S. about current events? Bonus points if they have an online archive; super-extra bonus points if the archive goes back before 2006. [more inside]
posted by lilac girl on Nov 19, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I travel between continents without emitting much CO2?

I want to travel, but I think doing so by airplane is unethical because of the associated carbon emissions and the inadequacy of 'offset' schemes. Is it still possible to travel by sea from North America to Europe or Asia? If so, how long does it take, and what are the associated costs?
posted by sindark on Sep 29, 2008 - 32 answers

Where to find a chart breaking out components of possible CO2 reduction?

How big a part of the global warming solution might come from land-use changes, how much from no-till farming and so forth? [more inside]
posted by teracloth on Jul 21, 2008 - 5 answers

Which scientific journals to search for global warming naysayers?

I'm researching scientists who dispute / are skeptics of man-made climate change (a la the UN IPCC's findings.) Which peer reviewed, scholarly science journals should I be searching through?
posted by damnthesehumanhands on Feb 12, 2008 - 8 answers

Best Global Warming Real Estate?

In the inevitability of global warming (bias disclosed) where should I move to? I'm a 20-something getting close to that home-owner stage, but from some of the stuff I'm reading a lot of great places to live won't be great much longer! [more inside]
posted by 53B3L1U5 on Jan 28, 2008 - 24 answers

If you believe in climate change, is it wrong to drive or fly?

If you believe climate change is real, bad, and man-made: does that mean it's wrong to take a flight or drive a car? Are there any reasonable excuses?
posted by MetaMonkey on Jan 28, 2008 - 24 answers

Please sir, can I have some more?

How many tons of CO2 should I be allowed to emit each year? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Jan 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Climate Change Step-By-Step

Does anyone know of a good online resource that explains in detail the exact series of events that is predicted to occur as a result of climate change if it continues on its current path? [more inside]
posted by textilephile on Oct 25, 2007 - 3 answers

Point me to a map of the effects of global warming

I'm looking for a dynamic map (of the USA, or of the world) that will graphically display various trends relating to climate change and the effects of global warming in the next century. [more inside]
posted by greggish on May 21, 2007 - 7 answers


Where can I learn about the possible consequences of future global warming, sea-level-rise, etc on the climate of the continental US? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Nov 19, 2006 - 5 answers

Which climate change organization should I donate to?

We would like to contribute to an organization that is dedicated to alleviating global warming. Ideally a nonprofit but any organization that takes action in this direction would be fine. I'd prefer that it be something I could research online or find a rating such as those available on Any ideas? Thank you!
posted by walla on Nov 16, 2006 - 8 answers

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