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Here we reference a few books that stand above the many others we have read, for excellence of information content:

Basics of Climate Science:

The Frequently Asked Questions section of IPCC (2007) is a great starting point for those unfamiliar with the basics of climate science:

Climate Policy:

The Collapse of the Kyoto Protocol and the Struggle to Slow Global Warming by
David G. Victor:

Climate Feedbacks:

Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate by David Randall:

Importance of Global Mean Surface Temperature as a climate metric:

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet by Mark Lynas:

Renewable Energy:

Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future by Michael B. McElroy:


Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy, by George A. Olah, Alain Goeppert, and G. K. Surya Prakash:

Finally, a critique of climate models by an eminent social scientist:

Chapter 12, "A Climate of Healthy Skepticism", in The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't by Nate Silver:

Those who aspire to build their own climate model are encouraged to have a look at:

The Climate Modeling Primer by Kendal McGuffie and Ann Henderson-Sellers:

An Introductory Global CO2 Model by Anthony J. McHugh, Graham W. Griffiths, and William E. Schiesser:

Here we provide a few pointers to additional information related to material in our book:

INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions)*:

INDC database published by the World Resources Institute:  

Analyses of the Paris INDCs conducted by:

Climate Analytics in collaboration with NewClimate Institute:

Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) of the Netherlands:

German Development Institute:

Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission:

*During the COP 22 meeting held in Marrekech, Morocco, the INDCs became known as NDCs since the Paris Climate Agreement was "in effect".  Here and throughout we use INDCs since "Intended" was part of the working definition during summer 2016, when the content of our book was finalized.

RCPs (Representative Concentration Pathways):

RCP database published by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis:

RCP database provided by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research

GHGs (Greenhouse Gases):

CO2 Earth:

Global Carbon Project:

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) GHG Index:

NOAA CH4 trends:

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Keeling Curve:

Atmospheric, oceanic general circulation models (GCM) model output:

Climate Model Intercomparison Project, Phase 5:

Climate Model Intercomparison Project, Phase 6:

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):

Paris Climate Agreement:

UNFCCC Meeting Calendar:


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