The scientific consensus is clear: the climate is changing because of human activity. Researchers continue to track evidence of changes in climatic conditions, ecosystems, health, the economy and social systems.
Some significant reports and resources are listed here.
the latest climate science
The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an important resource for understanding the global scale and impacts of climate change, as well as the scientific consensus on climate change.
Climate Impacts, Risks and Adapation in the US are described in Volume II of the National Climate Assessment, published in November 2018. Volume I of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, published in 2017, focuses on the science of climate change. The previous assessment, in 2014, is still useful and includes chapters that focus on themes and sectors, including agriculture, water, transportation, forests, etc. There are also chapters on each region of the country, including the Midwest.
This report evaluates trends in the Great Lakes and discusses the implications for the region.
The website and blog has data and articles on climatic conditions in Illinois.
technical reports in Chicago & Great Lakes
An Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes was published in March 2019. This report by 18 scientists was commissioned by the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
In northern Indiana and northern Illinois, the technical reports referenced in the Chicago Climate Action Plan will be useful.
climate plans in the Chicago region
Planners have developed climate action plans for the region; find them here. Some of these include data on local climate trends.
online climate networks
This online network is a forum for sharing resources for community engagement and climate action.
This online exchange features case studies, tools and discussions about adapting to climate change.
last updated March 2019