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Global Warming 

Examine the contemporary issue of global warming from current scientific and historic perspectives.

Throughout earth’s history, the temperature has changed from periods of intense heat to ice ages. However, beginning in the eighteenth century, human activities associated with the Industrial Revolution have greatly impacted the composition of the atmosphere and the earth’s climate. The burning of fossil fuels, like coal and oil, and deforestation have caused a concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases to increase significantly in our atmosphere. While these gases are necessary to help keep the planet’s surface warm and inhabitable, the concentration of these gases continues to increase, while global temperature has risen far above past levels. Some of the observed effects include rising sea levels, shrinking glaciers, the early blooming of trees, the lengthening of growing seasons, and much more.

While scientists have been closely studying the long-term rise in the average temperature of the earth’s climate, climate models continue to cause disputes in political discussions and popular media. Over the last three decades, various groups have challenged the legitimacy of describing global warming as a social problem. Others dispute climate-related science supports a human-caused climate crisis.

Aside from the controversy surrounding it, global warming is an important issue that must be examined from all sides and without biases. Scientists are working to better understand future climate change and how it will vary by region over time. Climate change affects all life on earth, and any threats posed by global warming should be examined by scientists and global leaders for the overall welfare of every community on the planet. 

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Gale provides climate change resources that support research, including databases, primary source archives, and eBooks.


Gale databases include climate change resources to support research. Quickly access searchable peer-reviewed articles, scholarly journals, and other trusted periodicals.

Primary Source Archives

Gale Primary Sources contains full-text archives and collections that provide firsthand sources, including historical documents, archives, journals, and news articles that examine and analyze global emissions.

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of eBooks covering a wide range of climate topics, including climate change, weather issues, atmospheric impacts, and more. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross search to pinpoint relevant content. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download articles.

  • Atmospheric Impacts of the Oil and Gas Industry, 1st Edition

    Atmospheric Impacts of the Oil and Gas Industry, 1st Edition

     Elsevier Inc.  |  2017  |  ISBN-13: 9780128018583

    This book provides the most up-to-date scientific and technological methods available to quantify emissions and atmospheric impacts of fossil fuels in a manner that is relevant to the development of, compliance with, and enforcement of effective policy and regulations. The book offers a concise survey of these methods to facilitate the implementation of solutions that promote sustainable energy production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The book is divided into two parts. Part I is a technical and descriptive summary of air quality and global change relevant to the energy industry. Climate literacy materials are designed to be accessible to a broad audience of scientists, engineers, and policymakers. 

    Part II assumes a technical literacy at the level of an applied science or engineering graduate student and concisely, but rigorously, summarizes state-of-the-art methods pertaining to the analysis of climate action tools. 

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  • Climate Change, 1st Edition

    Climate Change, 1st Edition

    Issues That Concern You  |  2011  |  ISBN-13: 9780737759259

    The Issues That Concern You series helps make complex issues less intimidating and more accessible while offering a basis for young people to make informed decisions about challenging issues that will affect the course of their lives. Each volume presents eight to 12 readings from a variety of perspectives that allow readers to better understand and navigate the highlighted topic. Color photos, charts, graphs, tables, and editorial cartoons reinforce information as well as present important statistical data. Each volume also includes factual analysis taken from a variety of government and research facilities to give readers reliable information about the issue. Relevant websites, a bibliography, and a thorough subject index round out each volume.

    This volume explores a variety of perspectives on climate change, including its impact on the United States, how the activities of humans affect climate change, and the role scientists play in the climate science debate. Information about climate action, carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor, greenhouse gases, temperature change, and more are defined and discussed in relation to the risk to global health and warming. In addition, readers will learn about the feasibility of using geoengineering as a tool for addressing climate issues and the ways in which natural catastrophes, civil disobedience, and personal values serve as catalysts for starting climate change discussions.

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