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Climate Change / Global Warming

Compiled by Marian G. Rogers, January 2008
(Updated December 2009)

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Greenhouse gas reduction, climate change, and global warming: all are topics of worldwide interest and debate. Are global warming and climate changes really happening, or are they simply part of the earth's climatic cycle? Is the increase in global temperature the result of human activity? No single resource can provide all the answers. This bibliography is a representation of the vast array of information and opinions currently available on the topic. It is an introduction to government and private industry initiatives and to regional commitments and includes both print and electronic resources.

Climate Change in the Upper Great Lakes Region: A Workshop Report / University of Michigan, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences. 1998. (622.5/M5) One of 20 regional workshops through the U.S. Global Change Research Program. www.epa.gov/eims/global/final_cover.pdf

"Climate Change: Is Tougher Action Needed to Slow Rising Temperatures?" / Congressional Quarterly, Inc., CQ Researcher, January 27, 2006. (622.5/C761d)

"Climate Change: The Science and Politics of Global Warming" / Congressional Digest Corporation, Congressional Digest, January 2004. (622.5/C762) Pro and con discussions about the Climate Stewardship Act.

"The Discovery of Global Warming" / American Institute of Physics. "A hypertext history of how scientists came to (partly) understand what people are doing to cause climate change." www.aip.org/history/climate/

Preparing for a Changing Climate - The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change: Great Lakes / University of Michigan, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences. 2000. (622.5/M5a) www.geo.msu.edu/glra/assessment/assessment.html

Reports / Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 2007 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner with Albert Arnold (Al) Gore, Jr., for raising awareness re man-made climate changes. www.ipcc.ch/

State Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Comparison and Analysis / U.S. Congressional Research Service. December 5, 2007. (622.5/X10) Measures each state's greenhouse gas intensity. http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RL34272_20071205.pdf


Climate Change and Wisconsin / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. May 1999. (622.5/X3) An historical 4-page overview about Wisconsin climate change.

"The Climate of Wisconsin" / Marvin W. Burley. A chapter of the main article in the 1964 Wisconsin Blue Book (p.143-148) http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/WI/WI-idx?type=header&id=WI.WIBlueBk1964 Go to page 148.

An Unfamiliar State: How Global Warming Could Change Natural Wisconsin / Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center. 2007. (622.5/W75) www.wisconsinenvironment.org/uploads/Cp/fN/CpfN32PWaRlVXa25vTJ-Fg/_An_Unfamiliar_State_.pdf

"Warming Trends: What Global Climate Change Could Mean for Wisconsin" / Kelly Mella and Julia Barrett, Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine, April 2000. (622.5/W7b) A special 8-page supplement about "the issue that's heating up." http://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/html/supps/2000/apr00/global.htm

"Wisconsin Climate Change Action Plan: Framework for Climate Change Action" / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 1999. " This climate change action plan was developed by the DNR with review and assistance from the Climate Change Committee ... [It recommends] ... Wisconsin chart its course for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in phases." (pages 5 and 6) http://worldcat.org/archiveobjects/0000011736/viewonline

Wisconsin Governor's Task Force on Global Warming. Created by Executive Order 191 (April 5, 2007), the task force will discuss and analyze solutions to global warming and create a plan of action. http://dnr.wi.gov/environmentprotect/gtfgw/

Wisconsin's Weather and Climate / Joseph M. Moran and Edward J. Hopkins, University of Wisconsin Press, c2002. (622.5/M79) Summarizes what is known about and the characteristics of Wisconsin's climate and weather - both present and past.

Local, Regional, and State

California's Waiver Request to Control Greenhouse Gases Under the Clean Air Act / U.S. Congressional Research Service. Updated October 1, 2007. (622.5/X11) www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/07Nov/RL34099.pdf

Climate Protection Strategies and Best Practices Guide / United States Conference of Mayors, November 2007. (622.5/Un3) http://www.usmayors.org/climateprotection/bestpractices.htm

Environment California. Global warming information page. www.environmentcalifornia.org/global-warming

[Governors' Energy Summit] / Midwestern Governors Association, 2007. www.midwesterngovernors.org/energysummit.htm

Illinois Climate Change Advisory Group. www.epa.state.il.us/air/climatechange/index.html

Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council. www.iaclimatechange.us/index.cfm

"Local Warming: It's Too Late to Stop Climate Change. What We Can Do Is Plan for It" / Christopher Swope, Governing, December 2007. Highlights Seattle/King County, Washington. www.governing.com/column/local-warming

Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group. www.mnclimatechange.us/

New York Metropolitan Region. "Climate Change Information Resources". http://ccir.ciesin.columbia.edu/nyc/

"Not Too Hot to Handle: States Warm Up to Actions on Climate Change" / Doug Myers, State News, September 2007, p.29-31. www.csg.org/pubs/Documents/sn0709.pdf

Portland (OR) Office of Sustainable Development. "Portland/Multnomah County Local Action Plan on Global Warming" - "In 1993 Portland became the first U.S. city to adopt a strategy to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide." www.portlandonline.com/osd/index.cfm?c=ebijg

Regional Initiatives to Address Global Climate Change / Wisconsin Legislative Council. Updated February 4, 2008. (Information Memorandum 08-2) (622.5/W7i/pt. 2) Describes primary initiatives. www.legis.state.wi.us/lc/publications/im/im_2008_02.pdf

"State and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatives" / National Governors' Association, Center for Best Practices, October 5, 2006. www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0610GREENHOUSE.PDF

"States Tackle Climate Change" / National Conference of State Legislatures, LegisBrief, April/May 2007. (328/N21h/pt.5 2006-2007) Briefing paper on current actions.

Related Web Sites

Center for Clean Air Policy: www.ccap.org/

Environment Canada: www.ec.gc.ca/climate/home-e.html

Environmental Law and Policy Center: www.globalwarmingsolutions.org/

Fresh Energy: www.fresh-energy.org/index.php/issues/global-warming-solution "Global Warming Solutions" is one of many energy-related policy issues addressed in this site.

Great Lakes Information Network: www.great-lakes.net/envt/refs/cchange.html "Climate Change of the ... Region"

Natural Resources Defense Council: www.nrdc.org/globalWarming/default.asp

NextGenerationEarth: www.nextgenerationearth.org/home Affiliated with Columbia University's Earth Institute. Select any state from a dropdown menu to access climate change impacts.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change: www.pewclimate.org/what_s_being_done "Global Warming Solutions" Links to a wide range of solutions. Has a searchable database of case studies.

Sierra Club:

Union of Concerned Scientists: www.ucsusa.org/ "Citizens and Scientists for Environmental Solutions"

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: http://unfccc.int/2860.php Introductory and in-depth publications, the official UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol texts, and a search engine to the UNFCCC library. "Welcome to the official website of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen COP 15/CMP 5, 7 to 18 December 2009"

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov/climatechange/index.html "Climate Change" Many links to comprehensive, accessible information.

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center: www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/globalwarming.html "Global Warming"

Clippings: (Available for use in the library only)

  • Weather and weather modification; climate; global warming: 622.5/Z (Library use only; on microfiche prior to 1980)

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