Climate Change

Climate Change

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At the beginning of May, the National Assessment on Climate Change published its third report summarizing the impact of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. The previous assessment was done in 2009.

According to the 2014 report, the consequences of climate change are worse than previously projected, and could mean that many people alive now will feel the negative impacts in their lifetime. The effects of climate change can include flooding, wildfires, droughts, erratic weather and more, which in turn can have a major influence on the nation and its economy.

Because of this assessment and the controversy surrounding the topic of climate change and global warming, you have probably seen an increase in news stories and opinions on those subjects. No matter where you stand on the debate, the library can help you find reliable sources of information to help you understand the discussion.


  • U.S. Global Change Research Project - The USGCRP is required to complete a National Climate Change Assessment every four years as part of their initiative to help people understand, assess, predict and respond to global changes, whether natural or caused by humans.
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - The IPCC is working on their fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change, which is international in scope and due to be released fully by October 2014.
  • NASA's Images of Change - Whether the effects shown in the images are caused by Climate Change or not, NASA's gallery of locations on Earth taken over differing time periods illustrates that the Earth is in a state of flux.
  • - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a trusted source for climate data and information, and they created this site of useful and timely information to help the public understand and respond to climate changes.


The following are just a couple of examples of subscription databases that would produce interesting results by searching topics related to climate change and global warming. For further investigation, check out the rest of our databases, especially the ones that cover Science, as well as Magazines and Newspapers. Don't forget, you will need your library card to access the library's research databases. 

  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Climate Change and Global Warming - These two topic pages present differing viewpoints, current newspaper and magazine articles, as well as video, audio and images related to the topics.
  • Today's Science (Facts on File) - Search “Climate Change” for current science news, opinions and cartoons from authoritative science and general editorial publications.
  • Columbus Dispatch Archives - Once again, do a search for the term “Climate Change” to read news stories and editorials that hit closer to home.

Reference Books

The following titles are always available for use in the Reference Department of the Main Library. Click on the links for more information.

Subject Searches

Search the catalog for circulating materials about Global Warming and Climate Change by clicking the subject terms below.