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Fact Sheets

These Fact Sheets are the Frequently Asked Questions from the report accepted by Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. IPCC, 2007: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M.Tignor and H.L. Miller (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

Historical Overview of Climate Change Science

Changes in Atmospheric Constituents and in Radiative Forcing

Observations: Surface and Atmospheric Climate Change

Observations: Changes in Snow, Ice and Frozen Ground

Observations: Oceanic Climate Change and Sea Level


Couplings Between Changes in the Climate System and Biogeochemistry


Climate Models and their Evaluation

Understanding and Attributing Climate Change

Global Climate Projections

Regional Climate Projections

Case Studies

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency partnered with NOAA and six other federal agencies to develop the Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. The purpose is for classroom teachers and informal educators in parks, refuges, forest lands, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, etc., to teach middle school students about how climate change is affecting our nation's wildlife and public lands and how everyone, even students, can become "climate stewards".

Topics in the case studies include regional impacts of climate change, "Spotlight on Species" on public lands that are being affected by climate change, and strategies being employed by "Climate Stewards" in each region who are helping ecosystems adapt to a changing world.

Western Forests and Mountains

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Eastern Forests and Woodlands

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Eastern Coastline

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Carribbean Islands

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Polar/Subpolar (Alaska)

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Gulf Coast

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Western Coastline

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Pacific Islands

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Great Lakes

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Desert Arid Southwest

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Prairie Grasslands

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Teaching Climate

Teaching about Climate: An Educators Toolkit

  • Common earth and climate science misconceptions
  • Classroom activities about Paleoclimate (tree rings, coral, ice cores, pollen)
  • Presentations and activities about the state of climate knowledge
  • Classroom activities about human health perspectives of climate
  • Reports and activities about the ecological impacts of climate change
  • Community and classroom projects for a sustainable planet
  • Links to resources for formal and informal audiences

Earth Science and Climate Misconceptions

Climate Change of the Past

State of Climate Knowledge

Human Health Perspectives

Climate Change Impacts

What You Can Do



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