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.

Cities in Climate Change
Cities in Climate Change

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

In the Cyberlibrary

Climate Change and Cities
David Satterthwaite explains why urban areas are central to adaptation and mitigation agendas. Published April 2008

On the Web

AdaptNet is a community of adaptation specialists, sharing the latest information on adaptation strategies, measures, tools, research and analysis, and highlighting best practice and implementation. It focuses on cities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, but nested within the global network of cities.

Bangkok Assessment Report on Climate Change 2009 (4.1MB download)
The Bangkok Assessment Report on Climate Change, from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, attempts to explain why and how climate change is affecting Bangkok, while giving some idea of the likely trends that may be expected and what action will have to be taken in order to make the predicted outcomes less severe. Published 2009

Cities for Climate Protection
The Cities for Climate Protection Campaign assists cities to adopt policies and implement quantifiable measures to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and enhance urban livability and sustainability.

Cities in Climate Change Initiative
The Cities in Climate Change Initiative, led by UN-HABITAT, seeks to enhance climate change mitigation and climate change preparedness of cities in developing and least developed countries. It provides support towards the development and implementation of pro-poor and innovative climate change policies and strategies and aims to develop tools for enhancing capacities of local governments.

Città d'Acqua (International Centre Cities on Water)
The International Centre Cities on Water is a non-profit association set up in Venice in 1989 with the aim of developing activities connected to the water-city relationship. It produces Acropolis, a newsletter linking cities in coastal zones and alongside inland bodies of water. In English and Italian.

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.

Covenant of Mayors
The Covenant of Mayors is a commitment by signatory towns and cities to go beyond the objectives of European Union energy policy in terms of reduction in carbon emissions through enhanced energy efficiency and cleaner energy production and use. Site provides a template for the Sustainable Energy Action Plan for local government.

Local Action for Biodiversity: a Series of Case Studies
Local Action for Biodiversity, from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, presents a set of case studies documenting action to improve biodiversity by cities around the world. Published May 2008

Making Cities Resilient: "My city is getting ready"
The 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign "Making Cities Resilient" addresses issues of local governance and urban risk. draws on the the sustainable urbanizations principles developed in the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign 2009-2013. Website contains ideas, information and opportunities to get involved.

Megacities and Climate Change
Megacities and Climate Change, from LEAD International and the Urban Age Programme, explores the linkages between leadership and climate change in a rapidly urbanising world, and aims at promoting a discussion about the trends, challenges and solutions currently underway in different urban settings and in four key areas of urban development: water and sanitation; energy; land use and urban planning, and transport and urban mobility. Published January 2009

Radical Riverists
Radical Riverists aim to restore rivers to the heart of cities.

Resilient Cities
Resilient Cities is the global platform for learning, cooperation and networking on all aspects of urban resilience and adaptation to climate change.

Resilient Cities Reosource Point
The ICLEI Resilience Resource Point provides a gateway into the growing collection of websites, networks and literature dedicated to adaptation and resilience, with a particular focus on urban regions and cities.

Sustainable Cities
Sustainable Cities provides knowledge on sustainable urban planning and best practice cases from cities all over the world.

Sustainable Cities
UN-HABITAT's Sustainable Cities Programme helps cities get the most out of their vital role in social and economic development by promoting better environmental policies and programmes, aimed at reducing pollution, and improving urban environmental management.

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

World Mayors Council on Climate Change
The World Mayors Council on Climate Change is an alliance of committed local government leaders advocating an enhanced recognition and involvement of Mayors in multilateral efforts addressing climate change and related issues of global sustainability.

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