Climate Change Rapid Research

Do you have a specific question about climate change or global warming? The Pollution Prevention Resource Center is pleased to expand our Rapid Response service to cover questions relating to climate change and global warming issues, and related science, projects, or policies.  PPRC will provide up to eight hours of research – as a service to governments and NGOs - into related questions to support work in climate change and global warming.

Please e-mail your Climate Change Rapid Response questions HERE.    (Note: if you are outside of the Pacific Northwest, please visit the National P2Rx™ Rapid Response page for this service).

Additionally, we have subject-specific Rapid Response services available on:

This service is funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Here are some of the other topics we have researched but did not respond with a full report. If you're interested in learning more about any of these topics, send us an email and we'll gladly provide you with the information that we have.

Previous Climate Change Questions and Responses

Climate Change Overview

Climate change is the long-term, significant change in the anticipated patterns of average weather conditions over a set period of time. Prevailing data suggests that the earth is currently warming and over time, is likely to cause significant changes in other climatic conditions, such as average rainfall and cloud cover, and to increase average sea level.

Climate change is caused by both naturally-occurring and anthropogenic processes. The primary driver of climate change is fossil fuel consumption and the associated generation and release of greenhouse gases, most significantly carbon dioxide (CO2), but pollution, land-use change, and other factors are also important.  The release of carbon dioxide and the other major greenhouse gases, including methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases, must be controlled to prevent irreversible damage to our way of life.

Some of the major efforts by the scientific, environmental, economic, and policy communities working in climate change focus on the following issues and opportunities:  

Additional Climate Change Resources