Want to show what climate change is doing to the planet? Here you go! While one drought or bad wildfire season does not mean that the world is going up in flames, here are some websites from teachers and scientists that will get you started and help your report stand out.
Big 3 -- all about climate
Learn about climate
Climate information from the National Center for Atmospheric Research. This up-to-date educational site includes links to many stories about the climate.
Impacts of climate change
See the Impacts of climate change at this page from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Effects of climate change from NASA
NASA scientists describe consequences of climate change, including more droughts and heat waves, stronger hurricanes, and rising sea levels.
Did you know?
The world's oceans are warmer now than at any time in the last 50 years.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/impacts/index.html
3 more -- frequent questions
How hot is it getting?
Climate monitoring from the NOAA temperature monitoring site
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/climate-monitoring/ , including worldwide data, as well as data from the United States.
Is the ice really melting?
Snow, ice and climate change from the National Snow and Ice Data Center
What about the endangered species?
Biodiversity as an Indicator of Global Climate Change, from Exploring the Environment from Wheeling Jesuit University.
This page was designed for teachers, but has information and links about endangered species.
2015 is likely to be the warmest year on record.
Source: World Meteorological Organization https://www.wmo.int/media/content/wmo-2015-likely-be-warmest-record-2011-2015-warmest-five-year-period
You can also consult a database like Today’s Science. You will need your library card number and PIN to login from home. Click on the Topic Index at the top of the page, which contains a wide range of headings, or you can use the search bar. This database, from Facts on File, is for high school and older students.
Remember, if you need help, you can ask a librarian online, or at your neighborhood library.