Climate Change Topics

November 28, 2021

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Climate Change Topics

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Air

 

Fourth National Climate Assessment: Air Quality
Chapter from the 2018 U.S. government report covering how climate change increases risks from air pollution. Addresses health impacts, ozone air quality, particulate matter, as well as climate-related issues including wildfire and airborne allergens.

Air Quality and Climate Change Research
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s repository for information on air quality and climate change, with links to related resources, tools and publications.

The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States — A Scientific Assessment: Air Quality Impacts
A 2016 report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program with key findings on exacerbated ozone health impacts, increased health impacts from wildfire, and worsened allergy and asthma conditions.

Climate and Air Quality
A Climate Central research brief on how climate change is threatening air quality across the United States, with a focus on ground-level ozone pollution. Includes a look at cities with ozone problems.

Air Pollution and Climate Change
A report from the Potsdam-based Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies on the links between greenhouse gases, climate change and air quality, including links to IASS research on air pollution and climate change. Also see an IASS policy brief on an integrated approach to climate protection and clean air.

Climate Change and Health: Air Quality
Resources from the nonprofit NRDC exploring the relationship between climate change and unhealthy air, including an interactive map and links to climate change-air pollution resources.

 

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Land

 

Climate Change and Land
A special report of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. Includes summary for policymakers. Also see a land and climate change report related to the UN’s Convention to Combat Desertification that focuses on land, drought and biodiversity, and a background study on forests and climate change.

Fourth National Climate Assessment: Land, Forests, Agriculture
Chapters from the 2018 U.S. government report covering how climate change can affect and be affected by changes in land cover and land use, disturb forests and reduce agricultural productivity. The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit also has key points and a backgrounder on ecosystem impacts.

Climate Impacts on Forests, Ecosystems
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resources page with information on forest growth, productivity and disturbances, and on ecosystems and life cycles, range shifts, food web disruptions, extinction risks and more.

Climate Change and Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources and Biodiversity
A report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research on the effects of climate change. Also see a synthesis report with findings on effects of climate on forest and arid lands.

Climate Change Science Explorer
A U.S. Geologic Survey portal page with links to its centers for climate adaptation and Earth resources observation, as well as research and development and land change science programs.

Climate Solutions for Agriculture
A U.S. Department of Agriculture page on how a changing climate is affecting U.S. agriculture, with info on preparing for increased weather risks through its regional climate hubs, and links to assessments projecting climate impacts and a carbon management evaluation tool. Also see the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture program on climate change.

Climate Change Resource Center
A U.S. Forest Service site linking to pages on climate change science and modeling, climate change effects on forests and grasslands, and responses to climate change, along with links to educational materials, adaptation, tools, a library, a tree carbon calculator and a tree atlas.

Climate Adaptation for Defense Department Natural Resource Managers
A Defense Department guide developed with the National Wildlife Federation to incorporating climate considerations into integrated natural resource management plans for the ​​more than 25 million acres of land owned or managed by the DoD.

Soil, Land and Climate Change
A European Environment Agency article exploring climate change’s impacts on soil, and on how it can be addressed through healthier soils and a sustainable land and soil management.

 

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Water

 

Fourth National Climate Assessment: Water, Coastal Effects and Oceans & Marine Resources
Chapters from the 2018 U.S. government report. Material in the water chapter covers climate change impacts on water quality and quantity, as well as risks to deteriorating water infrastructure, and water management strategies. Also included are regional summaries on water from around the United States. Material on coastal effects covers how climate change increases socioeconomic and environmental impacts on coastlines, including from the threat of rising sea levels that exacerbate tidal and storm surge flooding, and the state of coastal ecosystems, as well as social vulnerability. Material on oceans and marine resources covers how climate change, including extreme events, affects ocean ecosystems and marine fisheries.

Water and Climate Change
A United Nations resource page on water availability and the impact of climate change. Also see the UNICEF report, “Water and the Global Climate Crisis: 10 Things You Should Know.”

2021 State of Climate Services: Water
A World Meteorological Organization water-focused report to support climate adaptation. Explores global water status, including stress hotspots, plus priorities and needs for regions around the world based on water requirements for agriculture and food; ecosystems, biodiversity and forestry; health; energy; infrastructure; and disaster risk reduction.

Climate Change Indicators: Oceans
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resources on the relationships between climate change and oceans, with information and links on ocean heat, sea surface temperature, sea level, land loss, coastal flooding and ocean acidity.

Fisheries and Climate
An overview from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the changing climate impacts on marine life and ecosystems, and communities and economies dependent on them. Resources include NOAA's Fisheries climate science strategy and regional action plans.

Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture
A 2018 report from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization on current knowledge, adaptation and mitigation options. Plus, more FAO resources on fisheries and aquaculture and climate change.

Ocean Acidification
An educational resource from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the falling pH of surface ocean waters and resulting impacts of ocean acidification on shell builders, and on fish and seaweeds, along with information on current research.

Climate Change and Coral Reefs
A detailed infographic from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on how climate change is dramatically affecting coral reef ecosystems.

Climate Change and Aquatic Ecosystems
A U.S. Geological Survey portal to agency research on climate change as a stressor for freshwater ecosystems.

Climate Change in Coastal Communities
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency page focused on sea level rise, increased temperatures, storm intensity and ocean acidification. Also see the EPA’s Coastal Adaptation Toolkit providing select resources on coastal areas and watersheds focused on impacts, adaptation options, planning frameworks and resources.

Coastal Flooding, Climate Change and Your Health
A Centers for Disease Control report for the general public on preparing for safety in case of coastal flooding.

Surging Seas
Resources on sea level rise from Climate Central, with analysis of population impacts, risk finder and map, Zillow Report and mapping choices. Also see its report, “Flooded Future.”

Flooding and Climate Change: Everything You Need to Know
A guide from NRDC to flooding and climate change, with flooding facts, causes, consequences, preparation and prevention.

 

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