Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Editors Choice


About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.

Websites selected by the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary editors for their value, topicality and stimulating nature

On the Web

1.5 To Stay Alive
1.5 To Stay Alive, a song written and performed by Barbadian performance poet Adisa "AJA" Andwele, marks the 1.5 degree Celsius limit to which global surface temperatures can rise before Small Island Developing States are severely compromised in their ability to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

20 Arctic Suns
Adriane Colburn selected 20 photographs from an archive of 100 taken of the sun from the Arctic ice sheet as it shrank to its smallest mass in recorded history.

Action on Climate Change post 2012
"Action on Climate Change post 2012" is a European Union project fostering stakeholder dialogue on its long-term climate policy.

Addicted to Oil
The video, Addicted to Oil, satirizes attitudes towards fossil fuels.

AllAfrica - climate news
News of weather and climate events from around the African continent.

An Inconvenient Truth
The movie An Inconvenient Truth weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change.

Information, photos and video of life on Earth.

Art in Antarctica
Miami artist Xavier Cortada, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctic Artists and Writers Program recipient, traveled to Antarctica during December 2006 - January 2007 to create new works and implement art projects.

Artists' Project Earth
Artists' Project Earth aims to help create a better world by bringing the power of music and other arts to 21st century challenges. It supports appropriate action and facilitate awareness-raising and education with regard to environmental disasters, climate change and related challenges, assisting in the implementation of sustainable development.

as Seasons Change
Lorraine Berry was commissioned by the Environmental Change Network to produce a web-based creative work drawing data and knowledge concerning climate change.

BirdLife International
BirdLife International is a global alliance of conservation organizations working together for the world's birds and people. The site contains data on endangered bird species as well as briefing documents, such as the annual State of the World's Birds, and campaign information.

Blue Carbon Portal
The Blue Carbon Portal brings together the latest knowledge and resources on the role of oceans as carbon sinks.

Capacity Development for the CDM (CD4CDM)
CD4CDM has been implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme to generate understanding and capability of developing countries so as to participate as equal and reliable partners in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

CDM Watch
CDM Watch monitors the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol and maintains a listing of current projects.

Chicago Climate Exchange
The Chicago Climate Exchange is a self-regulatory exchange that administers a multi-national and multi-sectoral marketplace for reducing and trading greenhouse gas emissions.

Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan's photographs document the "immense scale of our consumption," which "can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful... its consistent feature is a staggering complexity."

Climate Alliance
The Climate Alliance is an association of European cities and municipalities that have entered into a partnership with indigenous rainforest peoples, united by a common concern for the world's climate.

Climate Art: The Longitudinal Installation
Miami artist Xavier Cortada created an installation in Antarctica, arranging 24 shoes in a circle around the South Pole as a proxy for those affected by global climate change in the world above.

Climate Change Kids Site
Excellent set of climate resources, including animations, briefing documents and games, from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Climate Monitor Online
Climate Monitor Online makes available the latest data for key indicators of the state of the climate system in monthly summary and graphical form.

Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance
The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance has developed and is promoting rigorous standards for evaluating land-based carbon projects.

Climateprediction.net is the largest experiment to try and produce a forecast of the climate in the 21st century. You can download a climate model from this website that will run automatically as a background process on your computer. As the model runs, you can watch the weather patterns evolve. The results are returned to this site where you will be able to see a summary.

CoolClimate Art Contest
The CoolClimate Art Contest presents iconic images that address the impact of climate change.

Crude Reflections
Crude Reflections, a photo exhibit by Lou Dematteis and Kayana Szymczak with testimonies taken by Joan Kruckewitt, chronicles the human and environmental impact of oil pollution in the Ecuadoran Amazon and efforts by local communities to seek justice.

Deserts: Geology and Resources
On-line book providing a comprehensive introduction to drylands and desertification.

Earth from Above
Yann Arthus-Bertrand photographs changing landscapes from a small aeroplane.

Earth: A Graphic Look at the State of the Planet
One of the most compact and comprehensive resources ever published, Earth presents essential data and commentaries on the condition of the world's environment - both natural and human. Available as a wall chart, with selected graphics on-line.

Edge is a "online collective of deep thinkers," crossing the divide between Science and the Arts. The mandate of Edge Foundation is to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society.

Fast Start Finance
Fast Start Finance makes available information about funding for climate action by developing countries, aiming to provide transparency about the amount, direction and use of fast start climate finance, in turn building trust in its delivery and impact.

Flat Earth Award
The Flat Earth Award was created as a humorous effort to highlight the denial of global warming by prominent public figures.

Focus on Your World
Results of the 2004-2005 UNEP International Photographic Competition on the Environment.

Focus the Nation
Focus the Nation is a major educational initiative that is coordinating teams of faculty, students and staff at over a thousand colleges, universities and high schools in the United States, to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion centered around the theme of "Global Warming Solutions for America". The project will culminate January 31, 2008, in the form of one-day, national symposia held simultaneously on campuses across the country.

Food Force
Play the computer game, Food Force, and learn about drought, conflict and the politics of food aid.

GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice
GenderCC is a global network and platform of gender activists and experts from all world regions working for gender and climate justice. The website provides access to news, information and other resources.

Global Cool
Harnessing the power of popular entertainment and environmental science, Global Cool works to stir anyone who cares about the planet to do their bit to save the planet they care about. Site contains promotional material from pop singers and bands and resources to assist everyone to make a contribution.

Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands
The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands provides information on global developments related to oceans, coasts and Small Island Developing States, particularly activities aimed at achieving oceans-related targets from the World Summit on Sustainable Development and from the Millennium Development Goals through policy analyses, multi-stakeholder dialogues, working groups, roundtables and other approaches.

Global Hunger Index
The World Hunger Index, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, shows that worldwide progress in reducing hunger remains slow. The 2009 global Global Hunger Index has fallen by only one quarter from the 1990 value. Published October 2009

Global Water Cycle
The US Environmental Protection Agency presents an animated account of the global water cycle.

Globalis - interactive world map
Globalis is an interactive world atlas that can be used to plot country-level data on environment and development.

Green Facts
Green Facts aims to bring complex scientific consensus reports on health and the environment, including climate change, to the reach of non-specialists.

Green Maps
Greens maps are locally created maps that chart the natural and cultural environment.

green.tv is a broadband TV channel dedicated to environmental issues.

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data provides access to most recent data on national GHG emissions and removals.

Greenhouse Gas Online
Greenhouse Gas Online provides briefings on the major greenhouse gases and climate issues as well as a daily update of related news stories and links to technical articles.

Gross International Happiness
A new concept in economic thinking aimed at replacing the western paradigm of economic productivity and well-being. Proponents suggest that GNP and per capita income does not properly reflect the true well-being of a nation and that the economic model of Gross National Happiness will.

Haze Online
Up-to-date information on forest fire and haze occurrence over Southeast Asia, supported by the ASEAN Secretariat.

Human Development Reports
The Human Development Reports, from UNDP, frame debates on some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity. The 2007 edition features climate change. Published annually

Iceland - the Future of Sound
PBS assesses Iceland's contribution to contemporary music and its unique approach to energy.

Impacts of Climate Change on Plant Diversity in South Africa
Study of the possible impacts of climate change on the survival and distribution of South Africa's indigenous plants.

Impressionistic weather
Christopher Healey uses impressionist painting techniques to aid the interpretation of weather maps.

In the Morning of a Day
In the Morning of a Day provides activists and event organizers with an opportunity to announce and promote their events and actions about global warming, informs the general public about these events and actions and gives them the opportunity to participate in them and connects event organizers, by informing them about each others' actions.

Indigenous Knowledge in Disaster Management
Project web site documents how indigenous peoples of Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Kamchatka perceive and manage natural disasters and extreme weather events, including documentation of strategies for early detection of coming events, coping strategies, and perceptions of short and long term impacts of these events on biodiversity.

International Children's Painting Competition
The International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment is organized annually by the United Nations Environment Programme, the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, Bayer and Nikon Corporation.

Internuncio tells the personal stories of people already experiencing the social implications of climate change. Based on scientific and observed findings, Internuncio is currently producing documentary films and photo-reports intended to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and social awareness.

Interview with Nele Azevedo
Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo discusses her work Melting Men, a series of installations that has been adopted as climate change art.

Investor Guide to Climate Risk
The Guide to Climate Risk advises investors on addressing the financial risks and investment opportunities posed by climate risk. Published by the Investor Network on Climate Risk.

Island Vulnerability
Island Vulnerability explores the challenges which isolated geographies face when dealing with risk and disasters by examining the processes which create, maintain, and could be used to reduce their vulnerability. Documents from the landmark Small States Conference on Sea Level Rise held in the Maldives in 1989 are available.

Issues provides background and status information on each item on the agenda of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its subsidiary bodies.

It's Getting Hot in Here
It's Getting Hot in Here is the voice of student and youth leaders of the global movement to stop global warming, a global online community with over 100 writers from countries around the world.

Joto Afrika
Joto Afrika, from the Arid Lands Information Network, is a series of printed briefings and online resources about adapting to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa.

Journée des Barricades
Car wrecks, discarded furniture and other urban detritus barricaded a central city street in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday December 14th 2008 as part of the One Day Sculpture initiative. The installation, by Heather and Ivan Morison, raises questions about our environmental and economic future.

Journey into Amazonia
Based around a PBS documentary series, Journey into Amazonia includes an introduction to the natural science of the region, an interactive game, web links and teaching resources.

Keep Oceans Clean!
Site contains information about how trash affects the oceans and actions you can take to protect the world's oceans as well as a game to play.

Klima is a climate change information centre for East Asia. Features the Low Carbon Diet.

Live Earth Film Project
Award-winning filmmakers have created short films, commissioned by Live Earth, to showcase the diversity and creativity of the international response to the climate crisis.

Make Poverty History
Join the band of people who are taking action to make poverty history.

Mangrove Action Project
The Mangrove Action Project builds grassroots networks with the aims of raising public awareness about mangrove forests, helping protect and restore the world's remaining mangrove forests and protect and promote the rights of indigenous coastal peoples. The site contains information about campaigns and briefing papers on mangrove ecology and related issues.

Mangroves for the Future
Mangroves for the Future, led by the World Conservation Union, is a multi-agency, multi-country initiative for the long-term conservation and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, coral reefs, wetlands, forests, lagoons, estuaries, beaches and sandy shores.

Megatransect across Africa
Megatransect across Africa is a multimedia exploration of the African continent. High bandwidth recommended.

Michael Hall
Michael Hall's photographs document the causes and effects of climate change in graphic detail.

Monsoon On Line
Access to data and other resources regarding monsoon flows around the world, including progress of the Asian monsoon.

NASA GISS surface temperature analysis
The NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies surface temperature analysis provides a measure of the changing global surface temperature for the period since 1880.

On Behalf of My Delegation,..."
A survival guide for developing country climate negotiators.

Oral Testimonies
Personal accounts from Sudan and Ethiopia, collated by the Panos Institute, highlight the wide-ranging consequences of desertification, from migration for work and conflict over resources, to changes in traditions and women's roles.

Our People on the Reef
Jane Resture comments on the plight of the Pacific islands.

OzoneAction Education Pack
The OzoneAction Education Pack provides primary school teachers with practical, hands-on and entertaining curricula material to educate their students about the protective role of the ozone layer and the causes and consequences of its depletion.

Paint for the Planet
The United Nations Paint for the Planet exhibition in 2008 featured paintings by child artists on the theme of climate change.

Painting the Weather
Virtual exhibition on the theme of art and weather.

Plan B
Plan B, from the Earth Policy Institute, details how to rescue a planet under stress by cutting carbon emissions 80 per cent by 2020. The Earth Policy Institute also publishes regular Eco-Economy Updates. Published July 2008

Post-Conflict Branch
The Post-Conflict Branch extends the work of the United Nations Environment Programme in areas of the world where the natural and human environment has been damaged as a direct or indirect consequence of conflict.

Protectedplanet.net allows you to search in any language to find information about individual protected areas. You can explore the world with intuitive maps, photo's and text descriptions. Protectedplanet.net is the new face of the World Database on Protected Areas.

Ramsar Factsheets on Wetlands Ecosystem Services
Factsheets of Wetlands Ecosystem Services, from Ramsar, profile the benefits people obtain from wetlands ecosystems. They illustrate the great diversity of ecosystem services delivered by wetlands and their values.

RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists.

Rob Dobi
Rob Dobi is recording the ageing industrial landscape of New England.

Rough Guide to a Better World
The Rough Guide to a Better World discusses ways to combat hunger, disease and illiteracy and suggests ways in which we, as individuals, can get involved.

Six Tools to Make Climate Change Art
Franke James discusses what climate change art means and presents the six tools for making climate change art that he relies on.

Small Wind Energy
The Canadian Wind Energy Association provides the information and decision-making tools you need to learn about small wind energy systems (i.e. turbines with rated capacities under 300 kilowatts).

Gateway to sustainable transport, including details of European demonstration projects and successful practices.

State of the Cryosphere
Comprehensive assessment of the state of the world's ice masses and introduction to the role of ice and snow in the climate system.

Step It Up 2007
Step It Up 2007 is the organizing hub for a National Day of Climate Action in the United States, April 14th, 2007, when there will be "hundreds and hundreds of rallies all across the country"

The Climate Mash
Check out "The Climate Mash" and watch its stars, President Bush, Vice President Cheney and others getting down at the Climate Mash with extreme-polluter ExxonMobil, accompanied by the zombies and vampires of global warming. Flash Player required.

The Corner House
The Corner House website makes available a series of thought-provoking reports and presentations, published by themselves and by other organizations, on climate issues.

The Heat is Online
The Heat is Online provides an up-to-date listing of extreme weather events and climate stories.

The Miniature Earth
Graphic account of trends in world population.

Theme site covering tsunami science, warning systems and response.

UN System Work on Climate Change
Gateway to the United Nations System's work on climate change.

UNEP Gender and the Environment
Information, comment and other resources on gender and the environment from the United Nations Environment Programme.

Distributed bimonthly, the e-newsletter from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat provides a comprehensive overview of major news and announcements, along with practical information about upcoming events.

United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification
Promoting action that will protect the world's drylands from further deterioration and degradation into deserts, the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification runs from January 2010 to December 2020. Website provides further information, news and resources.

Vital Climate Graphics
Excellent set of graphics illustrating different aspects of the climate problem. Updated in 2005.

WalkIt provides walking routes between user-defined points in selected British cities, with an estimate of the carbon savings.

Weather by Children
The World Meteorological Organization presents children's art from around the world depicting the weather.

WhaleTimes Sea Bed
WhaleTimes takes you on an adventure in the ocean. Find out how your favourite animals survive in the sea.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a coalition of over one hundred companies committed to the principles of economic growth and sustainable development. Many favour joint implementation, emissions trading and similar responses to the greenhouse problem. The site contains a section on energy and climate.

World Ocean Observatory
The World Ocean Observatory provides a place of exchange for ocean information, education and public discourse about the future of the ocean and its implication for human survival. The site hosts the Ocean Forum, a digest of ocean news.

World Water Day
The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro.

WorldChanging provides tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Yann Arthus-Bertrand photographs changing landscapes from a small aeroplane.

Zhao Bandi
Find out about Zhao Bandi and the panda. The artist's website contains full details of all of his work. You can also visit the exhibition at Pudong International Airport and view the SARS poster.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

More Bright Ideas...

Updated: May 15th 2015