Climate Change

Provides resources on climate change and global warming from the perspective of the disciplines of science, social science and humanities.

Sociology and Climate Change - Impacts on People

Graphic illustration of effects of climate change on individuals.

Sociology is a discipline that uses empirical analysis to study human social relations and institutions.  According to a 2008 report Understanding and Responding to Climate Change by the National Academy of Sciences, these are key areas for scientific investigation:

  1. human activities that alter the earth’s environment
  2. forces that drive these activities
  3. consequences of environmental changes for societies and economies
  4. how humans respond to these changes.

Web Resources

DVDs and streaming videos

TED Talk by Naomi Klein, How Shocking Events Can Spark Positive Change.  (15 minutes)

Hard Rain @, from Nature, Inc. "It's the poorest who are most vulnerable to climate change."  (22 minutes)

Ecologist Bjorn Lomborg's Top 10 Challenges the World Faces (38 minutes)