Definition

Climate change is attributed to human activities that, directly or indirectly, alter the composition of the global atmosphere, adding to the natural variability of climate observed over comparable periods (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IGCC). According to the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) ), climate change includes significant changes in temperature, precipitation, wind patterns, and other effects that extend over several decades or long periods of time.

Keywords

cambio climático (climate change, climatic change) | climatical changes | disminución del cambio climático (climate change mitigation) | zonas climáticas (climatic zones) | calentamiento global (global warming)

Thematic Guides

Print Reference Sources

Burney, D. (2009). Climate Change. En Encyclopedia of Islands (Vol. 1, pp. 169). California: University of California Press. Call No. GB471 .E53 2009

Fizzera, D. (2012). New Tools Help New Jersey Communities Prepare for Climate Change. CoastalServices, 15 (1), pp. 6-7. Disponibles en el centro de recursos de Sea Grant y en el enlace: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/magazine/2012/02/

Laroe, E. T. (1995). Our living resources : a report to the nation on the distribution, abundance, and health of U.S. plants, animals, and ecosystems. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Biological Service. Call. No. QH104 .O98 1995

Scott, P. (2007). Paradise lost?: Climate change in the North Woods [exhibition catalog]. Madison, Wisconsin: Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Call. No. QC984.W62 P37 2007

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: Office for Interdisciplinary Earth Studies. (1991). The Climate System. Colorado: UCAR Office for Interdisciplinary Earth Studies. Call. No. REPRINT 00806

Newspaper Articles

EFE. (2006, 12 de junio). Descubren enorme cráter de meteorito en la Antártida. El Vocero, San Juan. Article available at the Sea Grant Puerto Rico resource center.

Borenstein, S. [The Associate Press]. (2006, 2 de junio). El Ártico fue un paraíso tropical. El Vocero, San Juan. Article available at the Sea Grant Puerto Rico resource center.

Lovgren, S. [National geographic Society]. (2004, 25 de mayo). Crisis climática en cine. El nuevo día. Consult the ADENDI database. Article available at the Sea Grant Puerto Rico resource center.

(2006, 17 de mayo). Cambio Climático afectará a pobres. El Vocero, San Juan. Article available at the Sea Grant Puerto Rico resource center.

Delgado, Esquilín, G. (2007, 10 de diciembre). Al rescate del planeta. El nuevo día. Consult the ADENDI database. Article available at the Sea Grant Puerto Rico resource center.

Stevens, W. [The New York times]. (1997, 28 de septiembre). Preocupantes los consistentes cambios climáticos. El nuevo día. Consult the ADENDI database. Article available at the Sea Grant Puerto Rico resource center.

(2000, 13 de noviembre). El cambio climático a nivel planetario: consecuencias. El nuevo día. Consult the ADENDI database. Article available at the Sea Grant Puerto Rico resource center.

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It addresses global health issues, establishes standards, and monitors global health trends. On its website, you will find information about projects, initiatives, activities, and reports related to health, as well as data and statistics.

Available Internet Resources

Braasch, G. (2013). Environmental Photography.

Cherry, L. (2000). The Great Kapok Tree. New York: Voyager Books Harcourt Inc.

Claussen, E. (Ed.). (2001). Climate Change: Science, Strategies & Solutions. Virginia: Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Department of Ecology State of Washington. [2013]. Climate Change.

Hildebrand, P. (2008). Earth’s Water Cycle in a Changing Climate. Available on the the Library of Congress website.

Parke, J. (1997). Greenhouse Gases, A Silent Mence. Global Jigsaw, 2(3), pp. 1-3. Available at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. This resource is printed at the Sea Grant Puerto Rico resource center.

Soniat, L. M. (1997). Global Change 101. Global Jigsaw, 2(4), pp. 1. Available online.

Waters, S.C (Ed.). (1993, Fall & Winter). Global Change. Virginia Marine Resource Bulletin, 25(3-4), pp. 8. Consult the online archives of Virginia Sea Grant.

Websites

EPA: Climate Change

  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. It works for a cleaner and healthier environment. On its website, you will find extensive information on various topics, especially on climate change. You will also find the agency’s strategic plan, annual report, and public policy resources.

GHG Photos

  • On this website, you will find links to presentations on the impact of climate change. The works shown here are by documentary photographers who have documented the impact of gas emissions on the environment for years. Their goal is to raise awareness about the causes and impacts of climate change on our planet through photography.

IPPC (Intergovernmental Panel on Global Change)

  • The IPCC was created by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) to analyze and report on the scientific elements of the risk of climate change caused by human activities, its possible repercussions, and possibilities for adaptation and mitigation. On its website, you will find publications, data, technical reports, and more on the topic of climate change. It also has access to a glossary of terms related to the topic, translated into various languages, including Spanish.

NASA: Global Climate Change

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website dedicates a section to the topic of climate change. Here you will find interactive resources such as the Climate Time Machine, photos, videos, and educational resources for teachers and children. It also describes the causes and effects of climate change, among other information. World View of Global Warming.

Climate Change in Puerto Rico

Méndez Tejada, R. (2012). Calentamiento global y el cambio climático en el Caribe. In the Encyclopedia of Puerto Rico from the Puerto Rican Humanities Foundation. Available online.

Olán Matínez, C. (2008). Gobierno, academia y comunidad ante el cambio climático: Entrevista al Dr. Edwin Hernández Delgado. Marejada,2(1), p. 36-41. Check the publications of Marejada online.

Torres, J. L. (2007). Cambio climático global y los ecosistemas marinos y costeros de Puerto Rico. Marejada, 1(1), pp. 4-11. Check the publications of Marejada online.

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