Climate Basics and Models

The climate has always been changing - true, but the issue now is the rate at which the climate is changing. Variability has always been part of climate modeling of the past, but what we see now is an explosion in the rate of change of key climate metrics, such as ocean heat, reduced glacier mass and rising sea level. Explore the link below to examine the changes that threaten the future of our planet.

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Scientist have been studying climate change for decades, and have been able to construct sophisticated computer models that can predict the outcome of certain climate solutions. By adjusting the resources dedicated to reducing fossil fuel use, increasing renewable energy generation or other factors, we can see the impact on future warming and make  choices that are both productive and acceptable to the public.

Click the link below to explore the EN-ROADS climate simulator and see for yourself how reductions in greenhouse emissions can have a direct impact on total global warming.

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What is a greenhouse gas, and why are they so important in studying climate change?

Click the link below for an introduction to greenhouse gases, and why reducing their concentration in our atmosphere is so import for attacking climate change.

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