We’ve been downloading information about climate change from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website because it could soon be gone. On his first day in office, President Trump had climate change information removed from the White House website. So far, the EPA still has scientists on staff. Here are some sections from the Basic Information page:
Climate change is happening
Our Earth is warming. Earth’s average temperature has risen by 1.5°F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 0.5 to 8.6°F over the next hundred years. Small changes in the average temperature of the planet can translate to large and potentially dangerous shifts in climate and weather.
The evidence is clear. Rising global temperatures have been accompanied by changes in weather and climate. Many places have seen changes in rainfall, resulting in more floods, droughts, or intense rain, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves.
The planet’s oceans and glaciers have also experienced some big changes – oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising. As these and other changes become more pronounced in the coming decades, they will likely present challenges to our society and our environment.
There is a section called What You Can Do about Climate Change: “This site provides more than 25 easy steps you can take at Home, School, the Office, and On the Road to protect the climate, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, and save money. Take action today! Small steps add up, if we all do our part.”
The EPA has extensive library services for the public:
EPA National Library Catalog: The EPA National Library Catalog is available to the public online. The catalog enables users to search for materials in any EPA library across the country. Once a document is located, users can search NSCEP digital repository to determine if the document is available electronically or submit an interlibrary loan request to obtain the document (see below for description of NSCEP and interlibrary loan services).
Interlibrary Loan: The public can obtain EPA library materials, including journals, books and EPA documents, via interlibrary loan from their local library. Articles from online journal subscriptions that EPA maintains may also be obtained via interlibrary loan in accordance with EPA’s licensing agreement with the journal requested.
National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP): Nearly 70,000 EPA documents are accessible in digital form from NSCEP. In addition, hard copies of many titles are available free of charge from NSCEP. As EPA continues to digitize its documents, they will be added to the NSCEP digital repository. EPA has formed a team of librarians to develop criteria to determine what beyond EPA’s original inventory of unique documents should be digitized and added to NSCEP.
Frequent Questions: EPA provides online access to a user-friendly, dynamic Frequent Questions knowledgebase. If users cannot find an answer to a question, EPA accepts questions and provides prompt replies. In addition, the FAQs knowledgebase continuously adds new frequent questions to the website.
We will be following, and writing about, US government actions as we work on an updated edition of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability , and as we publish the Cool Planet Guide and a new edition of Eco Living.