It can be hard to get your head around the science of climate change. This area of science involves many experts including meteorologists, climatologists, climate modellers, chemical oceanographers, atmospheric physicists, hydroclimatologists, paleaoclimatologists and others. Watch this video to learn about how important science is to climate change (video left courtesy of www.climatecouncil.org.au)
There is heaps of information available on climate change. We've picked out some of the best local, national and international climate change websites for you to learn more. Check out the Links tab below.
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Global warming is the recent and ongoing rise in global average temperature near the Earth's surface, which is causing our climate patterns to change. Experts observing global warming since the industrial era say it's caused by increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. A warmer planet means the ocean and the atmosphere will interact differently, this then impacts the weather.
Climate change is when any significant changes take place in our climate over a long period of time. It includes major changes in factors like temperature, precipitation, and/or wind patterns.
Climate change adaptation means taking steps to prepare and respond to the effects of the changing climate. Examples include planting trees to cool roads and pavements and emergency planning.
Climate change mitigation means reducing or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions to minimise the rate and magnitude of climate change. An example is increasing renewable electricity and boosting energy efficiency to lower the greenhouse gas emissions which cause the climate to change.
Emissions means the release of greenhouse gases and/or their precursors into the atmosphere over a specified area and period of time.
The Greenhouse effect
ANU Climate Change Institute: The Institute draws on the wealth of climate change expertise across the national university's seven colleges and puts on some really great, informative events.
Climate Change in Australia is a site showing how Australia's climate change has changed and may change in the future.
Climate Council are an independent non-profit organisation providing clear, independent information on climate change to the Australian community.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) — Australia's national science agency provides up-to-date climate science and solutions for Australia.