Focused Research

In addition to its integrative research teams, ISSE also maintains research groups focused on five themes: Assessment Methods, Products and Tools; Climate-Ecosystem-Human Interactions; Use of Scientific Information in Decision Processes; Vulnerability, Adaptation, Thresholds and Resilience; and Integrated Science and Regional Applications.

UCAR collaborates with universities to manage the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

and the UCAR Office of Programs (UOP). The goal of these three organizations is: "Understanding our changing Earth system, Educating about the atmosphere and related sciences, Supporting a global community of researchers, and Benefiting society through science and technology."

sEE ALso: Economics, Cost of Affecting Climate Change; Economics, Impact From Climate Change; National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Social Ecology; University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

BIBLioGRApHY. Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming (Viking Juvenile, 2007); Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It (Rodale Books, 2006); Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change 2007—The Physical Science Basis: Working Group I Contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC (Climate Change 2007) (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Claudia Winograd University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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