Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The main activity of the IPCC is to provide at regular intervals Assessment Reports of the state of knowledge on climate change. The latest one is "Climate Change 2007", the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, and can be downloaded here.

Climate Change - A Summary of the Science

A short guide to the science of climate change by the Royal Society. The document summarises the current scientific evidence highlighting the areas where the science is well established, where there is still some debate, and where substantial uncertainties remain. Download here

The French Academy of Science has also recently released a report 'Le Changement Climatique', which concludes that the increase in CO2 and, to a lesser degree, of other greenhouse gases, is unequivocally due to human activity.

The Science of Tackling Climate Change

CSIRO is conducting research to help Australia and the world respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by a changing climate. Download this document hereCSIRO Website

Zero Carbon Australia Project

The Zero Carbon Australia Project is a research collaboration between Beyond Zero Emissions and the University of Melbourne. The plan shows that it is technically possible to reach 100% renewable energy for Australia within a decade and the technology to achieve this transition is commercially available now. (Solar thermal with molten salt storage replaces baseload power currently sourced from fossil fuels.) Download the synopsis and detailed plan from this website.

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre

CDIAC is the primary climate change data analysis centre for the U.S. Department of Energy. It manages records of the concentrations of carbon dioxide and other radiatively active gases in the atmosphere; the role of the terrestrial biosphere and the oceans in the biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases; emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere; long-term climate trends; the effects of elevated carbon dioxide on vegetation; and the vulnerability of coastal areas to rising sea level. Website.

Current Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Up-to-date measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration from the Mauna Loa Observatory, which has the longest continuous record of direct CO2 measurements. Website.

Current data and trend for atmospheric CO2

Atmospheric CO2 data and trend

News posts on climate change and air pollution

Biomass - a Burning Issue 28 September 2010
The use of biomass as a 'low or zero carbon fuel' is increasingly being adopted as the default solution to meet emission targets for new buildings.
This paper demonstrates that there is a crucial distinction between viewing biomass as a renewable fuel - in that plant matter can be self-renewing - and as a low carbon fuel.See further discussion at transition culture website. Also of related interest is "Use of residential wood heating in a context of climate change: a population survey in Quebec" here

Wildfires - a symptom of climate change 24 September 2010
Research suggests that a hotter Earth resulting from global warming will lead to more frequent and larger fires. The fires release "particulates" -- tiny particles that become airborne -- and greenhouse gases that warm the planet.

Air Quality and Chronic Disease - why action on climate change is also good for health
5 September 2010
Action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy efficiency, departing from carbon-intensive energy generation, facilitating mass transit and active transport options, also has the potential for significant public health benefits

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