The Australian Institute of Physics (AIP)(Vic) Education Committee and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) (Vic) Chemical Education Group have established an initiative 'Science Teachers for Climate Awareness' (STCA) to support teachers in speaking to their communities on the concerns of climate change. The AIP Committee has prepared a range of resources to assist them in this endeavour.
Teachers usually start by speaking to their peers at their school, then to their parent body, then to similar groups at their feeder schools before contacting local community groups.
Please note that we are currently in the process of tidying up these pages and there is some duplication of material between this page and the previous one. Material from the more recent STCA workshops is mostly on that page: Science Teachers for Climate Awareness Some of the material below has been updated and more recent versions will be found on that page.
The NPL in the UK runs a program called "Protons for Breakfast'. The program is a 6-week course for 'people interested in science and its impact on our lives'. It is held in the evenings. As part of that program there is a session on global warming. This link has the Powerpoint divided in to 6 parts, ranging from 1 to 6MB. The files can be downloaded from this website, but you may wish to check out how fit into their program.
Other resources are available by making selctions on the left. Selecting 'Downloads' displays for 'week 4' a 11MB PowerPoint and a pdf handout, which can also be downloaded from this website. The spectroscope files have also been put on this site.
A link to the 72 page pdf file prepared by the Australian Bureau of Meterorology. It is an impressive document although it was written before the latest IPCC report. The file has been put on this website.
This web page has two sections of interest: 'A Guide to Climate Change' and 'Climate Science'. The former has sub-sections on 'Climate facts', 'Effects' 'What you can do' and 'Climate timeline'. The latter has sub-sections on'Climate sciencs explained' and 'climate projections'
This websits looks particularly useful. It has sections on myths, data, information sheets, posters, demos and presentations.
A website on the history of global warming by the American Institute of Physics with a searchable table of contents.
This climate model has been written by NASA scientists to run on a PC or a Mac. It is designed for educational use at secondary and lower tertiary level. It is sophisticated and accurate, but manageable with some guidance.
This site has lots of information plus the chance to run a climate model on your PC or Mac as a screensaver. They say "Climateprediction.net is a distributed computing project to produce predictions of the Earth's climate up to 2080 and to test the accuracy of climate models. To do this, we need people around the world to give us time on their computers - time when they have their computers switched on, but are not using them to their full capacity.". It has a useful description on climate models.
The Garnaut Report has some useful information on the Science of Climate Change, in particular Ch 2 of the Final Report ('Understanding Climate Science'); Commissioned papers (Three on the Science of Climate Change), Technical Papers and Issues Papers.
A concise treatment of 20 myths. " 'Scholars & Rogues' is a diverse band of thinkers, social analysts, activists, grousers, jesters, and troublemakers. We’re different in many ways, but we share a general belief in progress, a conviction that smarter is better, and a passionate distaste for convention."
This blog site lists 15 different websites on 'Debunking Denier Myths; including the one from Scholars and rogues'.
This authoritative site lists 8 misleading arguments with a detailed response on each.
The Royal Society has produced this overview of the current state of scientific understanding of climate change to help non-experts better understand some of the debates in this complex area of science.
This is not intended to provide exhaustive answers to every contentious argument that has been put forward by those who seek to distort and undermine the science of climate change and deny the seriousness of the potential consequences of global warming. Instead, the Society - as the UK's national academy of science - responds here to eight key arguments that are currently in circulation by setting out, in simple terms, where the weight of scientific evidence lies.