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climate change

Climate change refers to the long term increase in the average global temperature due to increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is currently occurring mainly due to human activity, including burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests.

Climate change causes larger and more severe weather events, rising sea levels, and extinctions.

Read more about climate change in CQ Researcher and on the NASA website.

Also see the following:

2017 US Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report (Draft)

"2016 Warmest Year on Record"

National Climate Assessment

search for books

Click the links below to search for print books. Note: this is a small selection of ways to describe this topic, so you may think of many more.

Climate change

Global warming

Environmental disasters

Human ecology


Nature - Effect of human beings on

Mass extinctions

Global warming -- environmental aspects


Climatic changes  

Climatic changes -- Psychological aspects

Climatic changes -- Moral and ethical aspects

Environmental responsibility


Note: these links are to print books in the catalog. To find articles or ebooks in QuickSearch on this topic, follow the link and then click CatalogPlus.


search for articles

Click the links below to search for articles.

Global warming OR climate change in GreenFILE  Note: this search will give you a lot of articles. You can refine the search results by adding topic keywords (polar bears, glaciers, etc).

Legislation and climate change in GreenFILE

Industry and climate change in GreenFILE

Regulation and climate change in GreenFILE

Climate change and politics in Academic Search Elite

Many other databases have articles on climate change as well. Browse databases here.

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photo Asian Development Bank; CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


books from the catalog

A small selection of books available at Gumberg.


weather vs climate

You may have heard people say that there is no such thing as global warming because it is snowing. However, they are confusing weather and climate.

Weather: short term local atmospheric conditions

Climate: long term averages of temperature, precipitation, etc.

Find out more from NASA here, or read more from NOAA.



Preprints are articles that haven't yet gone through peer review, and they're a great way to read new and cutting edge research. You can access earth science preprints on EarthArXiv.