Learn more about climate change, carbon offsetting, and sustainability in general through the Climate Web portal below and through our growing list of resources. Earth Deeds is also developing educational videos and materials for use by projects and teams. If you would like to suggest an additional resource or access Earth Deeds educational materials, please let us know.
The IPCC is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change and involves thousands of climate scientists from dozens of countries.
Although geared toward the pre-college crowd, this site contains a lot of great overview videos and resources for educators.
A video by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme that articulates climate risks and the challenge of remaining below 2 degrees.
A clear, if a bit optimistic, infographic explaining the math of global warming.
A comprehensive summary of climate myths vs. what the science says put together by Skeptical Science.
A brief, readable primer on climate change developed by the National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society.
The World Bank created the Climate Change Knowledge Portal as “an online tool for access to comprehensive global, regional, and country data related to climate change and development.”
The Solutions Stories project captures and communicates climate-smart clean energy success happening now in the Northwest economy.
An excellent overview of the facts from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Offers resources to help companies, communities, and citizens understand and prepare for the impacts of coastal flooding and sea level rise.
A good overview of the Offset world with links to further resources (via Treehugger)
What is Additionality (PDF)
A detailed article on the problems of additionality within the offset markets.
Social Cost of Carbon
A list of the most current government documents, technical updates, and blog posts relating to the Social Cost of Carbon.
EPA SCC Fact Sheet (PDF)
Background on how the EPA and other federal agencies calculate and use the social cost of carbon.
Provides an update of the SCC estimates based on new versions of each Integrated Assessment Model.
A report by the NRDC and EDF arguing that $37 is far too low as it doesn't include costs of other major climate impacts.
Explains the steps in calculating the SCC, the weaknesses and strengths of those calculations, and how they are used to inform climate policy.
A joint project of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Institute for Policy Integrity, and NRDC, which draws on economic research to report on the price of a warming planet.
Because the Technical Support Document list the SCC in 2007 US$, it is helpful to have an inflation calculator to convert their estimates to current values.
National surveys on Americans’ climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior conducted by George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication.
Research conducted by Yale and George Mason University that segments the American public into six audiences that range along a spectrum of concern and issue engagement from the Alarmed to the Dismissive.
58% of Americans say they should be doing a great deal about global warming, yet 72% feel they are doing little or nothing. And other stats…
Sustainability in Academia
Schools that have “made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.”
Manages the ACUPCC and offers other resources to help create a sustainable society by transforming higher education.
A Facebook page that encourages travelers to take a pledge to travel sustainably.
Designed to help travelers reduce the negative impact of their travel and visitor related activities.
An article by Karen Leffett in the May-June, 2012 issue of International Educator on sustainability in international education.
A 94-page handbook intended to support personal or organizational efforts in researching, selecting, and creating responsible travel experiences.
An article by Astrid Jirka in the Fall, 2006 issue of Transitions Abroad magazine with lots of environmental, socio-cultural and economic considerations for the ethical traveler.
“GEN serves as umbrella organization for ecovillages, transition town initiatives, intentional communities, and ecologically-minded individuals worldwide.”
Gaia Education develops curricula and courses for sustainable community design drawing from good practice within ecovillages worldwide.
The Transition Network “supports community-led responses to climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy, building resilience and happiness.”
Education and Pedagogical Resources
NWEI has study group courses on a wide variety of topics. This one is called “Change by Degrees: Addressing the Climate Challenge.”
Scientifically-grounded tools to help people understand what options exist today to address climate change and related issues.
Just for Fun
A weekly editorial cartoon focused exclusively on global environmental issues.