Online sources and books

Below you will find recommended books, print media and online sources on climate change:

  1. Online-Sources
  2. Books/Print (free of charge)
  3. Books/Print (not free of charge)

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1. Online-Sources


Education Server - Climate Change

"Cooperation project between the German Education Server, the Climate Service Center and the Hamburg Education Server to build an encyclopaedia on anthropogenic climate change and its consequences."

Links to Teaching material for different school types and grades, very many links to other interesting sites!


Alles zur Klimabildung aus BNELIT

Umfassende Informationen zu etwa 2900 Publikationen/Bildungsmaterialien zur Klimabildung enthält die Datenbank BNELIT (53500 Texte, Januar 2023) auf dem Portal

Auswahllisten daraus zu etlichen Bildungsbereichen und Fächergruppen findet man dort und auf

Auf sind außerdem zahlreiche weitere Quellen zur Klimabildung zusammengestellt.


Portal with reliable facts and basic knowledge on climate change, backed up by studies. Beautifully presented. With a focus on "communicating facts better" and various handouts (e.g. handout on climate communication).

New: Portal on climate comunication

"How can we talk about the climate in a way that motivates people to act?"


NASA – Climate

Very nice animations, clearly presented data, articles and news on climate change - divided into the areas of  Evidencecauses, consequences and solutions.

2. Books (available free of charge)


Book recommendation: Erneuerbare Energien ohne heiße Luft

Ingeniously prepared and humorous book on the energy transition, which shows the potential of the individual energy sources in a scientific but mathematically understandable way (also for schoolchildren!) and answers the question of how much energy our modern lifestyle requires and whether we can afford it at all from renewable sources.

The e-book is available for free download for Kindle here and for Tolino e.g. here

The presentation of the book is also highly recommended.


What we know about climate today - basic facts about climate change that are undisputed in science

"Global temperatures are rising, extreme weather is increasing, sea ice is receding dramatically - these and many other consequences of climate change are now undisputed in the scientific community."

Compact (24 pages) and up-to-date (September 2020) collection of facts on climate change from six renowned organizations around the Helmholtz Climate Initiative.

PDF available for free download.


Climate protection in figures from the Federal Ministry for the Environment

"Every year, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety publishes the brochure "Climate Protection in Figures". Climate policy should be made on the basis of facts. And since climate protection is a task for society as a whole, the Federal Environment Ministry makes these facts transparently available to everyone."

Brochure is available for download free of charge and can also be ordered free of charge.


Federal Agency for Civic Education

Comprehensive dossier on climate change.


Energy Transition Atlas Germany 2030 of the Renewable Energies Agency

"Sun, wind, biomass and co. - electricity, heat and transport - grids, storage and efficiency - The energy landscape in Germany is currently undergoing a fundamental transformation. What this could look like in 2030 and where you can already take a look into the future is shown in the "Energy Turnaround Atlas Germany 2030."

Graphically very appealing brochure on the potential of renewable energies in Germany.

3. Books (not free of charge)


Book Recommendation: Renewable Energies to Understand and Talk About

How many cyclists would theoretically have to pedal for us in the background to satisfy our hunger for energy?

Like the basic work "Eruerbare Energien ohne heiß Luft," this book, which received an award from the Stiftung Buchkunst, shows the potential of renewable energy sources and answers the question of how much energy our modern lifestyle requires and whether we can cover it at all from renewable sources.

Based on this book, teaching modules for lower secondary schools were developed as part of the educational program Climate Change: Understanding and Acting. The presentation on the book is also highly recommended.