*Rhode Island Greenhouse Gas Inventory       

      -Study Guide


     -By academic subject 

     -Educational Databases

*The Big Picture: General Background on Global Warming

*Individual Choices: How You Can  Influence Change

*Alternatives: What can we do in the future?

*A to Z index

*Global Warming Glossary & Definitions of Terms (EPA) in PDF format

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This site is a resource for Rhode Island middle and high-school students and teachers containing exercises, links and information on the issues of greenhouse gases and climate change - in Rhode Island and the whole of the Earth.

Through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  the Brown University Center for Environmental Studies compiled an inventory of Greenhouse Gases in Rhode Island, under contract with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM). The R.I. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory was housed on a website  in order to make it accessible to individuals and organizations, both public and private.  

Included in the  Study Guide are questions and prompts that provide ways of delving into the inventory - looking at the implications and significance of greenhouse gases and climate change, for Rhode Island and the world at large.  

To make it easier to find information and resources,  collections of Lesson Plans, and Links are organized by academic subject: Earth Sciences, History/Social Science, Government, Biology, Chemistry, Physics . Also included is a list of further Educational Databases containing additional links to educational materials and collections, intended to compliment the subject resources.

Climate change and global warming can be daunting ideas to grasp, and difficult to know how to begin thinking about.  To help envision the Big Picture,  general background is included on both the science and the politics surrounding the issue of  global warming, including links.

Climate change, globally and locally, stems from the collective impacts of all of our Individual Choices. Included is a collection of resources and thoughts on ways you can begin to think about how  choices you make affect climate change in R.I..  

What does the future have in store for the planet and for human beings given what we know about climate change and our greenhouse gas emissions? In Alternatives  we examine what the future might look like , and further ways that we may work to limit our impact on the planet, and our production of greenhouse gases.

  Throughout the site you will find these purple bullets, containing questions or issues to provoke further thought.