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The National Research Council is pleased to present this booklet in three parts that (1) summarizes the current state of knowledge about climate change; (2) explains some impacts expected in this century and beyond; and (3) examines how science can help inform choices about managing and reducing the risks posed by climate change.
For another resource on this project, take a look at our video Climate Change: Lines of Evidence.
|Warming World: Impacts by Degree (2011)
Based on Climate Stabilization Targets (2011), this booklet explains how and why human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are causing warming and quantifies several projected impacts of climate change per degree of warming.
|Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Climate change is transforming ecosystems across the United States. This booklet lays out, by region, some specific changes that have already been observed.
|Ocean Acidification: Starting with the Science
This booklet lays out what is known about ocean acidification in a very easy-to-read format.
Reports in Brief
These are 2-8 page summaries, written in plain language to translate the findings and conclusions of reports for a wide audience.
|Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security||A National Strategy for Advancing Climate Modeling|
|Sea-level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, Future||Lessons and Legacies of International Polar Year 2007-2008|
|Global Change and Extreme Hydrology (2011)||Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts, Over Decades to Millennia (2010)|
|Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannuual Climate Prediction and Predictability (2010)||Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Methods to Support International Climate Agreements (2010)|
|Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of A Changing Ocean (2010)|
|America’s Climate Choices report summaries:Advancing the Science of Climate Change|