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Content for Climate Change Education Courses

Looking for online content that can be used for a climate change education course or module?

Pages linked below can be used to support an introductory climate change education for either a unit or a full course.  Pages link to content on Windows to the Universe as well as readings from other reliable online educational sources.   Be sure to click "Advanced" in the button bar near the top of the page to get content for more advanced readers.  We will continue to expand the resources provided below in coming months.  Be sure to check out our Climate Change Educator Resource page for links to classroom activities, videos, interactives, and resources provided by other organizations as well!

Nature of Science

Weather and Climate

Regional Climate

Global Climate and Climate Change

Earth System Science and Biogeochemical Cycles

Reading Nature's Clues to Earth's Past Climate History

Earth's Climate History

The following web pages are from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History's Geologic Time: The Story of a Changing Earth web interactive

From the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

NOAA Paleoclimatology

Climate Forcing

Climate Change Today

Climate Interactives

Last modified November 1, 2013 by Roberta Johnson.

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