World renowned climate scientist Professor Michael E. Mann provides a TED talk at Penn State University in 2011 on the basics of climate science, what our climate has been like in the past, where it is now with respect to human induced climate change and where it will go in the future. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). Through his pioneering research into the Earth’s climate system (including the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ of past climate patterns), he has received many honours and awards including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
BBC Newsnight, “A primer on the Paris climate change conference”.
This is quite a good overview of the upcoming Paris climate talks in Dec 2015 and the history of the Conference of the Parties in seeking to come to a global agreement in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“A Brief History of Global Warming”
Useful and brief review of the science of anthropogenic climate change and political and policy (in)action over the 50 years.
“Welcome to the Anthropocene”
Visual overview of humanity’s impact upon the Earth and its climate over 200 years of industrialisation.