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ENGL&102 (Oldham): Climate Science

Some possible topics


  • Ice cores
  • Atmospheric temperature records
  • Extreme weather events
    • heat waves
    • droughts
    • storms
    • floods
  • Changing habitats
  • Disintegrating coral reefs
  • Melting glaciers
  • Rising sea level
  • Any other


  • Different scenarios (best, worst case)
  • Changes in predictions
  • Extreme weather
  • Habitat loss
  • Species extinction
  • Melting ice caps
  • Runaway feedback loops (nonlinear processes)

Background Sources

Science Online

A collection of articles and references on a number of scientific topics, including Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environment, Forensic Science, Math, Physics, and Weather and Climate.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

An extensive collection of encyclopedias and other sources with articles on a huge variety of subjects.

  • Besides searching through the whole collection, try searching within one of their subcategories, such as History or Science, for more focused results.

Biography in Context

Links to multiple biographical articles on well-known and not-so-well-known individuals.

CQ Researcher

In-depth reports and pro/con debates on topics of current interest

Relevant Websites

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The major international working group compiling research on climate change.

National Climatic Data Center (NOAA)

This division of NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has a wealth of information on climate change, including a very helpful FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) that starts with short, simple answers but takes you deeper into the topics if you want to go there. Look for "Climate FAQs" in the menu on the left.

MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

A comprehensive research program from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Their description of themselves reads, "RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists .... We aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science. All posts are signed by the author(s), except ‘group’ posts which are collective efforts from the whole team. This is a moderated forum."

A distributed computing project, using thousands of individual home computers around the world to produce predictions of the Earth's climate up to 2100 and to test the accuracy of climate models.