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Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises
  National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. 2002
The report summarizes the latest knowledge about abrupt climate change, with a discussion of abrupt climate change patterns, magnitude and probability. It identifies gaps in knowledge and recommends areas for further research. This book is free to read online.
Climate Institute
The Climate Institute in a U.S. based NGO comprised of scientists and policy leaders concerned with climate change and protection of the stratospheric ozone layer. They organize conferences and symposia and special briefings. The website offers basic information on climate change, sea level rise and human health impacts, and greenhouse gas mitigation.
Environmental Defense Fund: Climate and Air Program
Environmental Defense has a wealth of information about climate change science, policy, and current ED initiatives and reports on the topic.
EPA Global Warming Site
The U.S. EPA’s Global Warming covers all topics concerning climate change, including the basics of the science, emissions, impacts and mitigation. The site links to government and non-government reports, research, articles, maps, data, tools, news, events and more. This is the most comprehensive site out there.
Global Change Data and Information System (GCDIS)
  U.S. Global Change Research Program
The "Gateway to Global Change Data and Information" for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the GCDIS website contains links to U.S. and international data sources, documents, educations resources, U.S. agency websites, U.S. Global Change policy and recent research findings.
Global Climate Change Briefing Book
  Congressional Research Service, Redistributed as a service of the National Library for the Environment
This page contains legislative reports and briefing materials on climate change issues prepared by the Congressional Research Service, with links to pending Congressional bills, Administration initiatives and other climate change policy resources. The Congressional Research Service, a part of the Library of Congress, prepares reports of the U.S. Congress.
Global Warming Central
  Pace University Law School
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is widely regarded as the most authoritative international voice on the science and impacts of climate change. Established under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), it assembles experts in climate change science and prediction and prepares reports assessing the scientific knowledge on climate change. The First, Second and Third Assessment Reports, cover, in depth, the science of climate change, impacts, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation, There are several special reports covering emissions, land use, and aviation. Summaries for Policymakers and Technical reports are available online.
Natural Resources Defense Council
The NRDC is an environmental action organization involved in global warming and "green living" for cities.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Pew Center of Global Climate Change is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicating to providing credible information about climate change science and policy. The site contains many documents, including reports, policy papers , briefs and analyses from top-tier researchers on key climate topics.
U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates interagency research programs on global change. The website offers general information about the state of the knowledge about the causes and impacts of climate change, and details ongoing research initiatives on climate at the federal level.
U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change
  U.S. Global Change Research Program
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  Publication information
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  UNFCCC Secretariat
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the international environmental agreement aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is a group representing countries that have ratified the UNFCCC. Numerous documents are available from this site, including: the full text of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol text, official documents of the COP, international climate negotiations updates and some general educational information about the international climate mitigation agenda. This website provides the most current information on intergovernmental policies and agreements on greenhouse gas stabilization.
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