Earth’s Climate Evolution

Rating: Colin P Summerhayes. 2015. Earth’s Climate Evolution. Wiley. ISBN 978 1 118 89739 3 There are so many books published on global warming that it’s hard to keep track of them. Most say variations on the same theme – the anthropogenic warming of the planet and the impacts that might befall us quite soon (or, instantly, in geological time!). This side of the debate quotes innumerable studies, scientists and data. There’s the other side of the debate that deny […]

Global Carbon Project

Global Carbon Project is an international project aimed at getting quality data, open source, out to researchers and interested people. From their website:” The Global Carbon Project was formed to assist the international science community to establish a common, mutually agreed knowledge base supporting policy debate and action to slow the rate of increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The growing realization that anthropogenic climate change is a reality has focused the attention of the scientific community, policymakers and […]

Coastal Environments and Global Change

Rating: Gerd Masselink and Roland Gehrels. eds. 2104. Coastal Environments and Global Change. Wiley. ISBN 987 0 470 65659 4. “I must go down to the sea again…” Coastal areas – sources of enjoyment, wonder, human activity and, of course, highly dynamic geophysical and biological systems. Coasts have always been a major attraction to people but now, the pressure is so great in some areas that the ecosystem health of the area is under threat. This might be less obvious […]

Climate: A Very Short Introduction

Rating: Mark Maslin. 2013. Climate – A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978 0 19 964113 0. This is one of a very large series of brief guides to specific topics covering most areas of learning. As such, they have considerable potential to engage students who might need a shorter overview of a topic than the conventional textbook.¬† Here, Maslin (who has also written a short introduction to global warming) outlines the key aspects of climate needed to […]

Global Carbon Project

Global Carbon Project – is an international project to provide accurate data about the carbon cycle. From its website: ” The scientific goal of the Global Carbon Project is to develop a complete picture of the global carbon cycle, including both its biophysical and human dimensions together with the interactions and feedbacks between them. This will be: Patterns and Variability: What are the current geographical and temporal distributions of the major pools and fluxes in the global carbon cycle? Processes […]

Artic Sea Ice

Arctic Sea Ice News is just one page from the US snow data site. Given the arguments surrounding the extent of ice in 2013, it’s useful to have a place where you can get some reliable data.


CLEAN, standing for ‘Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network’ is a US site funded by the NOAA and National Science Foundation. It aims to present students with resources to be able to debate climate change and energy uses. There is quite a collection of resources on the site including lesson plans and a network to gather ideas and exchange views.


PAGES – Past global changes – is a small community under the aegis of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme aimed at gathering, discussing and disseminating palaeo-climate data. Not all of the links are working but there’s still an impressive set of resources to consider.

Who Speaks for the Climate?

Rating: Boykoff MT. 2011. Who speaks for the climate? Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0978 0 521 13305 0 If we look back about 40 years ago, it was possible to teach environmental science with the one of two books available (and get a good understanding) and the guide to UK conservation groups was a slim publication. Both aspects have now been expanded to an extent inconceivable at the time. This is not to say that things should return to the […]

The Carbon Brief

The Carbon Brief is a small UK-based organisation comprised of a number of environmental  writers whose intentions are to fact-check climate information and provide accurate material to press and other groups.