Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

The Arts


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.

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Arts, literature and music, often with an environmental theme — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Artists View Plastics and Waste
Varsha Nair reports on an international exhibition in which artists present their perspectives on plastic and other waste products underlying the issue of the human contribution, and its responsibility, to environmental deterioration. Published March 1998

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.

A. Pinturo, Art Detective
Investigate the Case of Grandpa's Painting in this adventure in art history produced by Educational Web Adventures.

Adaptation Against the Odds: Enabling Communities to Cope with Climate Change
The photo exhibition Adaptation Against the Odds: Enabling Communities to Cope with Climate Change, from Practical Action, looks at how families in developing countries are coping with climate change.

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

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.

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.

Art Project
Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.

Search the Artcyclopedia database for information about over 7,000 artists by name, movement, subject or nationality.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Dialogues with Tomorrow
Dialogues with Tomorrow brings together artists and scientists to debate our relationship with the world. Recordings of the discussions are available.

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

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.

Search through the cultural collections of Europe, connect to other user pathways and share your discoveries.

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

George Pompidou National Centre of Art and Culture and National Museum of Modern Art
The George Pompidou Centre and the National Museum, Paris, France, contain a variety of exhibitions devoted to the painting and other forms of art of the 20th century.

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

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.

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.

Julie's Bicycle
Julie's Bicycle is a not-for-profit company helping the music industry cut its greenhouse gas emissions and create a low-carbon creative future.

Kulturbro is a major biennial, international cultural event set in the Oresund region and the five-mile long bridge between Denmark and Sweden. Includes concert halls, dance and poetry theatre, sculpture, painting, architecture, music and innovative educational activities. Kulturbro 2002 is reviewed by Ian Starsmore.

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.

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.

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

Painting on Climate Change and Global Warming Solutions
Climate change education.org provides links to the websites of artists' concerned with the climate issue.

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

River Ocean Research and Education
River Ocean Research and Education is dedicated to increasing awareness and encouraging care for water environments. All its projects are designed to increase co-operation between people and break down barriers between art and science.

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

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.

Tate Online
Tate, at centres in London, Liverpool and St Ives in the United Kingdom, holds the national collections of British Art and of international modern art. Tate's aim is to increase public knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of British, modern and contemporary art.

The Beneficiary's Office
For The Beneficiary's Office, Tao Wells established a public relations company, Wells Group, that advocated the opportunities and benefits of official unemployment. Setting up office in vacant commercial space in Wellington, New Zealand, the Wells Group argued that the average unemployed person causes less harm to others and the planet than many employed people as the average carbon footprint of the unemployed person is about half of that of those earning over NZ$100,000.

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 Miniature Earth
Graphic account of trends in world population.

Visible Trash Society
"Trash? Hell, we call it as free art supplies"

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

World Digital Library
The World Digital Library makes available, free of charge and in multilingual format, art and other cultural materials from around the world.

World View of Global Warming
World View of Global Warming is an independent documentary project, based on science reporting and photography, by photojournalist Gary Braasch. It presents a comprehensive look at global warming science, the world wide effects of climate change, its implications, and what action is being taken about it.

Writers Write - The Internet Writing Journal
Online Magazine for writers and book lovers.

Wu Ming Foundation
Writing, music and other creations from the Wu Ming collective.

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