Smartphone Apps That Help People Understand Global Warming

Climate apps help you learn about global warmingGuest post by Whitney Adams

Climate change has become a controversial issue in today’s society, in part because confusion is often times intentionally sowed to spread misinformation and doubt about the fundamental science of global warming. There is plenty of literature and peer-reviewed scientific journals concerning global warming, but there are smartphone apps to help people understand global warming and hopefully learn how they can do their part to slow down or prevent the worst of it.

Skeptical Science

Skeptical Science is out to show people that global warming is scientific fact, and that there is no disputing the evidence. Their app is designed to educate people about the science behind global warming. The app lets you go through the most common arguments that try and dispute Global Warming and gives a scientific explanation of the facts. Skeptical Science backs their arguments with scientific evidence with research and links to other informative news sources and journals. You also have the option of Tweeting out skeptic arguments and report arguments that you have heard. This is a free app with state of the art images, graphs, and up-to-date information about global warming. Skeptical Science is free and available for iPhone, Android, and Nokia phones.

Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis

Our Choice by Al Gore is an informative app and eBook that is designed to educate the masses about global warming and the current climate crisis. This is an interactive app that lets the user view photos, videos, and animated info graphics to understand how the climate is changing. You can view helpful information about what is contributing to the current climate change, and how you can do your part in helping to stop the problem. The app goes though several different topics such as where energy comes from, renewable energy, different pollutants, the effect it has on the earth, and ways we can change our lives to fix the issue. Currently this app is only available through iTunes and costs $4.99.

Global Warming Glossary

The Global Warming Glossary app is designed to help people understand the terminology and theories of Global Warming. It has a list of over 500 different terms to help you understand global warming or greenhouse gases. The glossary can be searched through by using keywords or can be sorted alphabetically. The app doesn’t require internet connection so you can still browse and learn terminology offline. You can mark your favorite terms and even share them through Facebook, Twitter, or email. The Global Warming Glossary is available through Google play and costs $0.99.

Just Science

Just Science is an app that was developed by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study. This app lets you go through a timeline from the year 1800 to 2009 and see how the Earth’s temperatures have changed over time. Users are able to zoom into different regions on the map to see up close the change in that region. They can also view the Wikipedia that is linked for that year to see what was going on in history during that change. Through the app you can also follow Novim’s scientific news articles. Currently the app is free and only available for iPhone and iPad.

Global warming has been subject to debate for quite a while, but there is no debating the scientific evidence behind it. The best way to understand, or even argue for or against global warming is to learn more about the subject. As new cell phones are being developed, new apps are also being created to help educated the masses about climate change, greenhouse gases and global warming. There are plenty of apps out on the market today to help people understand global warming.

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Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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