M.A.R.E  links

Mid Atlantic Renewable Energy  Initiative

For absolute beginners: please watch these "must see", very important films:

The impending oil crash: A Crude Awakening


An Inconvenient Truth

or interactively here:

MSNBC Special: vital signs of global warming

BBC: saving planet earth by Sir David Attenborough

Whats the worst that can happen : Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See

and for serious digging into the problematics:

Oil peak & energy crisis :


the oil drum : for deep analyse of oil decline

BBC News november 2007: Energy needs 'to grow inexorably'

International Alert 2007 : A climat of conflict

Serious climate science & more :


We've often been asked to provide a one stop link for resources that people can use to get up to speed on the issue of climate change, and so here is a first cut. Unlike our other postings, we'll amend this as we discover or are pointed to new resources. Different people have different needs and so we will group resources according to the level people start at.

For complete beginners:

NCAR: Weather and climate basics
Oxford University: The basics of climate prediction
Pew Center: Global Warming basics
Wikipedia: Global Warming
NASA: Global Warming update

Those with some knowledge:

The IPCC AR4 Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) is an excellent start. That covers:

  • What Factors Determine Earth's Climate?
  • What is the Relationship between Climate Change and Weather?
  • What is the Greenhouse Effect?
  • How do Human Activities Contribute to Climate Change and How do They Compare with Natural Influences?
  • How are Temperatures on Earth Changing?
  • How is Precipitation Changing?
  • Has there been a Change in Extreme Events like Heat Waves, Droughts, Floods and Hurricanes?
  • Is the Amount of Snow and Ice on the Earth Decreasing?
  • Is Sea Level Rising?
  • What Caused the Ice Ages and Other Important Climate Changes Before the Industrial Era?
  • Is the Current Climate Change Unusual Compared to Earlier Changes in Earth's History?
  • Are the Increases in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Other Greenhouse Gases During the Industrial Era Caused by Human Activities?
  • How Reliable Are the Models Used to Make Projections of Future Climate Change?
  • Can Individual Extreme Events be Explained by Greenhouse Warming?
  • Can the Warming of the 20th Century be Explained by Natural Variability?
  • Are Extreme Events, Like Heat Waves, Droughts or Floods, Expected to Change as the Earth's Climate Changes?
  • How Likely are Major or Abrupt Climate Changes, such as Loss of Ice Sheets or Changes in Global Ocean Circulation?
  • If Emissions of Greenhouse Gases are Reduced, How Quickly do Their Concentrations in the Atmosphere Decrease?
  • Do Projected Changes in Climate Vary from Region to Region?

We'll link to the individual pages once the report is available in html.

RealClimate: Start with our index

Informed, but in need of more detail:

Science: You can't do better than the IPCC reports themselves (AR4 2007, TAR 2001).

History: Spencer Weart's "Discovery of Global Warming" (AIP)

Art: Robert Rohde's "Global Warming Art'

Informed, but seeking serious discussion of common contrarian talking points:

All of the below links have indexed debunks of most of the common points of confusion:

Please feel free to suggest other suitable resources, particularly in different languages, and we'll try to keep this list up to date.

Many thanks to the guys from realclimat !!