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.

Pacific Institute
Pacific Institute

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

In the Cyberlibrary

Energy in the Pacific
Tom Roper considers action that energy utilities can take in vulnerable Pacific island countries. Published September 2008

Green Growth in the Asia-Pacific Region
Rae Kwon Chung, on behalf of the Environment and Sustainable Development Division at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia, outlines an approach to sustainable economic growth that is being promoted for the nations of Asia and the Pacific. Published April 2008

Asia-Pacific Partnership
Christoph Holtwisch analyses the current development of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, contrasting the Partnership with the traditional climate regime. Published February 2008

The National Adaptation Programme of Action Process
Mozaharul Alam describes the next steps needed under the National Adaptation Programmes of Action process in the Asia and Pacific region. Published December 2007

Enhancing Meteorological Services in the Pacific
Effective progress is being made in developing the self-sufficiency of meteorological services in Pacific Islands through assistance from New Zealand and other international development partners. Penehuro Lefale from the Meteorological Service of New Zealand reports. Published July 2007

Asia-Pacific Partnership Meets
The inaugural meeting of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (AP-6) took place in Sydney, Australia, January 11-12th 2006. Newswatch editor Mick Kelly reports. Published February 2006

The documentary Regional CHARM Guidelines for Pacific Island Countries, presented as streaming video, describes the Comprehensive Hazard And Risk Management process for the Pacific islands. Published January 2005

Mauritius and Beyond
Kanayathu Koshy discusses Pacific preparations for the 10-Year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. Published January 2005

Islands and Climate Change
The documentary Islands and Climate Change, presented as streaming video, describes the threat posed to the Pacific island nations by climate change and unsustainable development. 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

A Sword of Damocles?
John Hay uses a classical legend to underline his argument that global warming is posing a very real threat to Pacific Island nations. Published September 2002

Capacity Enhancement for the Pacific
Kanayathu Koshy and Liza Philip discuss the support needed for Pacific Island Countries to respond effectively to climate change. Published September 2002

New Educational Centre for the Pacific
Kanayathu Koshy describes the agenda for the newly-established Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development. Published September 2001

Scientific Education in the Pacific
Than Aung describes an oceanographic educational project which has recently been initiated for the Pacific region. Published September 2001

Science and Policy in the South Pacific
Jon Barnett reports on a Pacific Islands conference which assessed the important links between climate science and policy for this region. Published September 2000

Climate Change in the South Pacific
Roger Jones presents an overview of the results of two recent projects on climate change and sea-level rise in the South Pacific. Published March 2000

Sea Level and Education in the Pacific
Than Aung of the National Tidal Facility describes the current work of the South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring Project, discussing recent trends and the availability of relevant educational materials. Published December 1999

South Pacific Climate Change
The Third South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Meeting on Climate Change and Sea Level Rise was held in Noumea, New Caledonia, in August 1997. This report is an edited account of the chairperson's summary of findings and future needs for the region. Published December 1997

A Pacific Response to Climate Change
John E Hay presents his thoughts on the implications of climate change for small island developing states of the Pacific. Published March 1997

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.

Asia Pacific Human Development Network
The Asia Pacific Human Development Network (AP-HDNet) is an e-platform where members exchange knowledge, raise and debate issues on human development in the region. The Network is an integral part of the process leading to the preparation of the Asia Pacific Human Development Reports.

Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
APN's primary purposes are to foster global environmental change research in the Asia-Pacific region, to increase developing country participation in that research and to strengthen science-policy links.

Asia-Pacific Mountain Network
The Asia-Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) is a regional node of the Mountain Forum. It was created with the purpose of generating, packaging, disseminating or sharing information on sustainable mountain development in upland and mountainous areas of the Asia-Pacific region as well as facilitating networking among its many members - online as well as offline - as well as subscribers and partners.

Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate
Founding partners of the Asia-Pacific Partnership, Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, and the United States, have agreed to work together and with private sector partners to meet goals for energy security, national air pollution reduction, and climate change in ways that promote sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
The Center is located at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the headquarters for the regional El Niño Secretariat. Activities include establishing regional and national information clearing houses, identifying action plans for regional cooperation, organizing workshops, climatological forecasts for the Asia and Pacific regions, and identifying coping strategies for El Niño-related emergencies.

Biodiversity Conservation Network
The Biodiversity Conservation Network, a component of the Biodiversity Support Program, is a USAID-funded programme working in the Asia/Pacific Region to provide grants for community-based enterprises that directly depend on biodiversity.

Center for Ocean Solutions
Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have joined forces to create the Center for Ocean Solutions, with a mission to develop new knowledge to solve ocean challenges and to reach out to decision-makers to translate the results of marine science and policy research into action. It has launched the Pacific Oceans Initiative to promote the sustainable management of the Pacific basin.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center
Based in Honolulu, issues all tropical cyclone warnings, advisories and statements for cyclones in the central Pacific.

Climate Change and Food Security in Pacific Island Countries
Climate Change and Food Security in Pacific Island Countries, from FAO and SPREP, assesses the implications of climate change for food security in the Pacific region. Published December 2008

Climate Change in Kiribati
The Climate Change in Kiribati website provies news and information, including videos, about the impact of climate change on this vulnerable island nation.

Climate Change in the Pacific
Climate Change in the Pacific, from CSIRO, is a peer-reviewed scientific assessment of the climate of the western Pacific region.

Climate Change Threat to Pacific Ocean Mangroves
Climate Change Threat to Pacific Ocean Mangroves, from the United Nations Environment Programme, defines the potential impact on this valuable ecosystem, as well as current pressures, and options for sustainable management. Published July 2006

Disaster Risk Reduction Portal for Asia and the Pacific
The aim of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Portal is to share information on implementation of DRR projects, collectively identify gaps, improve planning and programming, and identify areas of cooperation on implementation.

El Niņo animations and graphics
Animation of recent temperatures in the equatorial Pacific and links to other graphics and animations.

Energy Security and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
Energy Security and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific, from ESCAP, argues that the nations of the region will need to take on a broad range of measures, including improving energy efficiency, rationalizing pricing and taxation, improving governance and diversifying supply, in particular, through alternative and renewable resources. Appropriate legal frameworks, regulatory environments and systems for pricing and taxation, along with fair and transparent processes that will encourage public-private partnerships for developing infrastructure, are also necessary. Ecological and social implications must be considered. Published April 2008

Heating up the Planet: Climate Change and Security (0.7MB download)
In Heating up the Planet: Climate Change and Security, from the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Alan Dupont and Graeme Pearman detail the international security consequences of climate change, especially for the Asia-Pacific sector. Published June 2006

Joint Typhoon Warning Center
Covering the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Western Pacific, the current situation, warnings and satellite imagery from the Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center West.

Laboratory for Atmospheric Research
Well-designed and up-to-date information from the City University of Hong Kong on seasonal forecasts of tropical cyclone activity over western North Pacific and South China Sea region.

Monthly Atmospheric & SST Indices
Data for the various climate parameters, including sea surface temperature for indicator regions in the equatorial Pacific and the Southern Oscillation Index.

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

Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development
Located at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. Acts as a focal point for integrated regional and global studies of environment and development issues affecting small island states. Covers teaching, research and consultancy.

Pacific Climate Change Data Portal
The Pacific Climate Change Science Program provides historical climate information and trends from individual observation sites across the Pacific region and East Timor.

Pacific Climate Change Roundtable
The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable is a regional climate change forum held once every two years. The main aim of the roundtable is to facilitate regional coordination, collaboration and coherence in the implementations of climate change priorities consistent with the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change.

Pacific ENSO Applications Center
The Pacific ENSO Applications Center is a multi-institutional partnership whose role is to conduct research and produce information on climate variability related to the El Niño-Southern Oscillation cycle in the US-affiliated Pacific islands.

Pacific ENSO Update
Quarterly bulletin of the Pacific ENSO Applications Center, which conducts research and provides information packages on climate variability in the US-affiliated Pacific Islands.

Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security
The Pacific Institute is a non-partisan research institute that works to advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity, recognising that the pressing problems of environmental degradation, poverty and political conflict and fundamentally inter-related and long-term solutions require an interdisciplinary perspective. Security and adaptation are focal areas.

Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Policy
The Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Policy, approved in 2002, underscores the importance of the ocean to Pacific Island nations and communities and serves to unify a number of existing regional initiatives relevant to management and development of ocean and coastal resources and environments.

Pacific Plan Online
Pacific Leaders have called for the serious challenges facing the countries of the Pacific to be met through sharing scarce resources and aligning policies to strengthen national capacities to support their people. The Pacific Plan aims to strengthen regional cooperation and integration as the main instrument for realizing this Pacific Vision.

Pacific Tropical Cyclone Data Portal
The aim of the Pacific Tropical Cyclone Data Portal is to improve knowledge of past tropical cyclone activity in the Pacific Islands and East Timor. The portal can be used to plot tracks of cyclones in the South Pacific between 1969 and 2010.

SOPAC is the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission. It is an inter-governmental, regional organisation dedicated to providing services to promote sustainable development in the countries it serves.

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme
The mission of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme is “to promote cooperation in the South Pacific region and to provide assistance in order to protect and improve its environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations.” There is a US mirror site.

The Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific 2006
The Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific, from the Asian Development Bank, highlights the region's achievements and exposes issues on which much work remains to be done. Published October 2006

Up in Smoke
Up in Smoke, from the Working Group on Climate Change and Development, is a series of briefing documents, reviewing the latest available scientific research and evidence from those living on the front line of global warming. Alongside a global overview, regional reports cover Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Asia-Pacific region.

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