Holy grail(s) of information


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The IPCC is the part of the United Nations, which assesses science concerning climate change. It basically determines the current state of knowledge about climate change and provides regular updates on it (like implications, future risks and adaptation options) by means of climate change models. It is thought to be a guide (not a prescription!) for policymakers, but some of it is intelligible for simple mortals like me too.
I’ve recently read parts of the special report on impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. You can find it here, but it’s quite long, so you can read a summary that they created here. Also, there is a little summary of the summary made by me here.

Note: It is important to note that the IPCC operates with models. There are lots of scientists creating and improving these models, so I personally see them as quite accurate. However, sometimes people object that the models are not accurate enough (which means their predictions are not accurate enough. Believe what you want, but be aware of this objection.).
If models make you feel uneasy, then maybe you should have a look at some hard facts. NASA here below has a really good site about evidence:

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) mission:
Global Climate Change
The NASA started a mission called “Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet” aimed at providing us mortals with updates about the changing climate of our planet. In contrast with the IPCC (see above) the NASA site is more based on collected scientific evidence, than on predictions of complex climate change models (as does the IPCC).
On this site you find the following categories:

Note: when you had enough of an overview about the causes, the effects and are asking yourself what can be done, you can have a look at the following.

The Union of Concerned Scientists
The Union of Concerned Scientists is a U.S.-American nonprofit organisation created by scientists and students at MIT to address global problems (not only climate change). Their mission is to put science to work to find practical solutions to these global issues, such as clean vehicles, clean energy etc.

National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a non-profit organisation of scientists and journalists. They have a page (above) dedicated to climate and climate change. It’s a good place to look for introductions to particular aspects of the climate. Here are some suggestions:

A simple introduction to climate change:

Here an introduction to greenhouse gases:

Again, here’s an introduction to ocean heat waves threatening the marine biodiversity:

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science
This encyclopedia is peer-reviewed and constantly updated by certified experts of the field. You can browse by particular subjects of climate science to find various projects and published papers on those topics. For instance, they have a thread on the history of climate change, as well as future climate change scenarios.

Our World In Data
This website is a non-profit website that summarises much of the scientific literature in forms of interactive diagrams etc. It is created and edited by researchers at Oxford University and the non-profit organisation  Global Change Data Lab. It focusses on representing long-lasting changes, which the news media fails to report for they focus on single events.
They also have the website SDG-Tracker.org , where they present data and research on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015, all countries worldwide signed up to reach the SDGs by 2030 and this site helps to track the progress towards these goals and allows to hold governments accountable.



More to come…

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