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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links    

EPA's Climate Change
This site is provided as a public service by the Environmental Protection Agency. It offers timely information on the broad issues of climate change and global warming. It aims to be accessible to all sectors and has pages tailored to specific groups, including kids, industry, wildlife advocates, and concerned citizens.  (Last updated 2007)

Environment America
Environment America is a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations.   Our professional staff in 23 staff and Washington, D.C., combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special interest and win real results for the environment.  Environment America, the new hoe of U.S. PIRG's environmental work draws on 30 years of success in tackling environmental problems.

Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund is a leading national nonprofit organization.  Since 1967, it has linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems.  The site offers history, current facts, statistics and the latest news on global warming, as well as other environmental issues.

Global Warming : Frequently Asked Questions
This site from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has questions and answers about global warming, with many informative links.

Live Science - Environment
This fascinating site has a wide variety of interesting information on science and environmental issues.  The site changes almost daily as it present current news articles and reports.  There is a feature story and  many other headlines dealing with the issue.

Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization.  It uses law, science and the support of more than 1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.  There are "In Brief" and "In Depth" features, as well as related links.  The site can also be translated into Spanish.

Union of Concerned Scientists: Global Warming
Sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), this is an excellent resource on global warming providing definitions, causes, impacts, and hope for the future. Also has global warming FAQs, along with policy briefs, and scientific information. 

U.S. Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO)
This Columbia University based site provides access to data and information on global change research reports and related educational resources. Contains links to many international and governmental sites. One section of the home page, “Ask Dr. Global Change,” answers questions submitted by users. Statistical data and bibliographies are accessible in the FAQ section.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

You can enter 'global warming' in the Subject Headings field or scroll down to Global Warming in the 'Leading Issues' in the List box just below.  Under the List Box there are tabs which can give you a synopsis of the topic.  There are several formats to review, including newspapers, magazines, Websites, etc.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Earth almanac : an annual geophysical review of the state of the planet
Call number: Ref QB631.G65 2000

Encyclopedia of global warming and climate change
Call number: Ref QC981.8.G56E47 2008

The environment encyclopedia
Call number: Ref GE10.E55 2001

Circulating Books (3rd & 4th floors):

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Climatic changes

Global temperature changes

Global warming

Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric

The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

After the warming
Call number: Video 001052  (2 videos)
Social journalist James Burke presents several possible scenarios caused by the greenhouse effect during the 1990's to 2050. 

Global warming : hot enough for you?
Call number: Video 001222
Discusses sources of greenhouse gases, abrupt climate changes, and how they affect the environment; also whether humans need to, or can, stop global warming.

Greenhouse crisis : the American response
Call number: Video 000176
An examination of the energy policy answers to the problems associated with global warming.

An inconvenient truth
Call number: DVD 0089
Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warning have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause. Between lecture segments, Gore discusses his personal commitment to the environment, sharing anecdotes from his experiences.

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases -  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 6 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. 
Use Advanced Search and type each tern in a separate box:

    1.  (SUB(global warming) ) (from Peer-Reviewed Journals only)
    2.  (SUB(global warming) and SUB(environmental impact) )
    3.  (SUB(climate change) and SUB(greenhouse effect))
    4.  (SUB(global warming) and SUB(climate change) )
    5.  (SUB(global warming) and NAME(Bush, George W.) )
    6.  (SUB(global warming) and SUB(treaties) )

Researched and evaluated by:
D. Petticoffer, Librarian 5/1998
last update:  T. Shacklett, Librarian 12/2009

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