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Distributed computing and climate prediction

A guide to finding out more about climate change on the web.

There are thousands of websites about climate change. We've gathered together a selection of the ones that we find useful and reliable.

Below are sites that we think make a good starting point for anyone who wants to know more. We've tried to pick a balance of sites from official institutions and sites which show the best citizen journalism.

There are many other reliable websites that we've not listed. However, climate change is a fiercely debated topic, and there are many sites which do not reflect the balance of scientific opinion. It's always worth looking at a range of sources to see whether an opinon is widely held. See our suggestions for researching science on the web.

Good starting points - Climate Basics: A brief introduction to the Earth's climate.

Wikipedia - Greenhouse Effect: The natural and man-made greenhouse effect explained - from the encyclopedia written by the public.

Wikipedia - Climate Change: Information and links about climate change from the encyclopedia written by the public.

BBC News - Guide to Climate Change: Includes animations explaining the carbon cycle and the greenhouse effect.


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: An intergovernmental group whose purpose is to understand climate change and its potential impacts. The IPCC has released three assessment reports, and a fourth is due in 2007.

United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme: Scenarios that show how our climate might change over the coming century.

The Hadley Centre for climate prediction and research: Information on climate prediction from the subsidiary of the Met Office.

Energy Saving Trust: A group dedicated to promoting energy efficiency and the integration of renewable energy sources.

Carbon Trust: Organisation funded by the UK government to help business tackle their carbon emissions.

Tomorrow's Climate: Today's Challenge: Part of the climate change communication initiative led by Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).


Realclimate blog: A blog written by climate scientists.

How to talk to a climate sceptic: An article from 'A Few Things Ill Considered' - a private blog.

Other sites

Carbon Calculator: Calculate your personal carbon footprint - site by the University of Warwick.

Guardian: A collection of recent articles on climate change.

New Scientist - Climate Change special report: News, articles and quotes.

For Kids

US Environmental Protection Agency: Introduction to climate change, including information on what you can do to protect the planet.

These sites were assessed in November 2006. The BBC is not responsible for content on external sites.

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