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A  web·guide to sustainable development, conservation & the glocal environment

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Where to start?

· If you are new to the issue of climate change, the extent of online and published resources can be overwhelming.

· If that's the case, don't worry: it's overwhelming to those who have been in this field for their entire careers!

· So keep in mind that “where to start?” is a very reasonable question.

· Here are some very general "about" pages that might be helpful:


“About” climate change pages (a small selection)

Climate change @ CIESIN

Climate change @ ICSU

Climate change @ McKinsey & Company

Climate change @ UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library

Climate change @ USEPA


· For something more in-depth, see the myriad resources at Climate change science & information.

· Additionally, see this UN-sponsored listing of major reports on climate change, or Major climate change science assessments & reports.

· But if you are looking for one single authoritative resource, a reasonable place to start is with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

  Change (IPCC), the international body constituted in 1988 by the WMO and UNEP to assess the status of climate change science.

· Since 1990, thousands of scientists working under the IPCC framework have produced a major assessment of climate change science

  every 5-7 years. The process has become so laborious that it now takes more than one year just to release the complete report.

· The latest final overview was issued in 2023, and includes a 42-page Summary for Policymakers (SPM). This document represents the

  core commonly held understanding and assessment of climate change proferred by the scientific community. Be warned, however, that

  this document bears all the dry hallmarks of being "written by a committee"...which is to say, each and every word & phrase in this

  document was carefully and deliberately parsed by scientists and government officials.