To inform the climate change dialogue, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions has produced a series of brief reports entitled Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change, Updated January 2011.
These reports provide a reliable and understandable introduction to climate change. They cover climate science and impacts, climate adaptation, technological solutions, business solutions, international action, federal action, recent action in the U.S. states, and action taken by local governments. The overview serves as a summary and introduction to the series.
Read the entire series or jump to a single report:
Overview • Science and Impacts • Adaptation • Technology • Business • International • Federal • State • Local • Cap and Trade
For more information, be sure to listen to our Climate Change 101 podcast series
Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change
The complete set of six reports plus the overview in one volume.
Climate Change 101: Overview
This overview summarizes the key points from each of the Climate Change 101 reports.
Climate Change 101: Science and Impacts
This report provides an overview of the most up-to-date scientific evidence and also explains the causes and projected impacts of climate change.
Climate Change 101: Adaptation
This report details how adaptation planning at the local, state and national levels can limit the damage caused by climate change.
Climate Change 101: Technological Solutions
This piece discusses the technological solutions both for mitigating its effects and reducing greenhouse gas emissions now and into the future.
Climate Change 101: Business Solutions
This report discusses how corporate leaders are helping to shape solutions.
Climate Change 101: International Action
This report discusses what will be needed for an effective global effort, one calling for commitments from all the world's major economies.
Climate Change 101: Federal Action
This report discusses federal policy options that can put the country on the path toward a lower-carbon future.
Climate Change 101: State Action
This report highlights states' efforts as they respond to the challenges of implementing solutions to climate change.
Climate Change 101: Local Action
This report describes the actions taken by cities and towns.
Climate Change 101: Cap and Trade
This report explains the details of cap and trade.