Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary



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.

20 Arctic Suns
20 Arctic Suns

Climate change and the Arctic — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment concludes that human influence is now "the dominant factor" in regional trends. Newswatch editor Mick Kelly reports. Published December 2004

The World's Fragile Islands
Agnès Sinaï argues that, from the low-lying point of view of Pacific islanders or circumpolar-dwelling Inuit, the Kyoto Protocol seems an exploitative deal. Published July 2004

On the Web

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.

Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment
Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment, from the British Antarctic Survey, synthesizes the present knowledge on the past and possible future changes in the physical environment of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and their impact on the biota. Published November 2009

Arctic Change
Data and information from reputable scientific sources place the present state of Arctic ecosystems and climate in historical context.

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
An international project of the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee, to evaluate and synthesize knowledge on climate variability, climate change, and increased ultraviolet radiation and their consequences.

Arctic Report Card
The Arctic Report Card, from NOAA, tracks recent environmental changes throughout the Arctic. Published annually

Arctic Sea Ice News
Arctic Sea Ice News, from the United States National Snow and Ice Data Center, provides a daily update of ice conditions, regular summaries of current trends and access to a range of cryospheric data sets.

Arctic Tale
The movie Arctic Tale follows the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf and the life of a polar bear and her cubs, illustrating the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic. View a clip, illustrating the impact of climate change on the lives of polar animals. Released February 8th 2008

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.

Cape Farewell
Cape Farewell brings artists, scientists and educators together to collectively address and raise awareness about global warming. Created by David Buckland, Cape Farewell has led three expeditions into the wild, beautiful and icy High Arctic, a place for artistic inspiration and scientific enquiry.

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.

Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic
The goal of Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) is to facilitate the collection, preservation, exchange and use of Local and Traditional Knowledge research and community-based monitoring of the Arctic by providing data management and user support and to foster collaboration between local and international researchers.

Extinction - It's Not Just for Polar Bears
Extinction - It's Not Just for Polar Bears, from the Center for Biological Diversity and Care for the Wild International, details the threat to Arctic wildlife posed by climate change and sea-ice loss. Published September 2010

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.

Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), based in Boulder, Colorado, United States, is concerned with the study of mountain and northern regions, including the dynamics of environmental and climatic variability.

International Cryosphere Climate Initiative
The International Cryosphere Climate Initiative works to highlight the climate policy needs and differences in the regions of the world covered by ice and snow, especially the Arctic, Antarctica and Himalayan "Third Pole."

Many Strong Voices
Many Strong Voices brings the Arctic and Small Island Developing States together to take collaborative and strategic actions on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Programme participants include international organizations, government agencies, non-government organizations, Indigenous Peoples' organizations, research institutes, communities and individuals.

Special Report on the Arctic Wildlife Refuge
The Special Report on the Arctic Wildlife Refuge by Norman Chance discusses the debate over drilling for oil in this pristine habitat. Published November 2002

Students on Ice
Students on Ice offers unique learning expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Its mandate is to provide students from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of our earth, and in doing so, to help them foster a new understanding and respect for our planet.

Vital Arctic Graphics
Information, photos, graphics and case studies concerning the people and environment of the Arctic.

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

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Updated: May 15th 2015