Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

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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.


Climate-related policy and management — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Whose Prize?
Sunita Narain argues that the Cancún outcome favours only the rich. Published January 2011

Remembering Minorities in Climate Action
James S Pender argues that minorities warrant greater consideration in local, national and international responses to the climate threat. Published January 2011

Climate and Health Issues for Least Developed Countries
Sari Kovats describes research and policy priorities needed to address links between climate change and health in the Least Developed Countries. Published August 2009

Greenhouse Development Rights
Sivan Kartha describes an innovative scheme for allocating emissions targets that preserves development priorities. Published June 2009

Interview with Heleen de Coninck
In a Newswatch interview, Heleen de Coninck discusses the allocation of national targets based on individual emissions. Published May 2009

NGOs: Running on Empty?
Megan Rowling finds that confused definitions and capacity constraints are holding back aid agencies’ responses to climate change adaptation. Published November 2008

Global Sustainable Energy Vision 2050
Gunnar Boye Olesen discusses a comprehensive series of visions, strategies and plans that demonstrate the transition to utilizing sustainable energy at the local, national, regional and global levels. Published February 2007

Contraction and Convergence
Aubrey Meyer and Raphaël Hanmbock argue for a flexible and equitable response to climate change after the Kyoto Protocol. Published July 2006

Coalition Building
Joyeeta Gupta and Angela Churie Kallhauge examine the dynamics of coalitions and suggest new definitions and strategies to benefit developing countries. Published September 2002

Equity, Vulnerability and Social Justice
Roger Kasperson and Jeanne Kasperson summarize the conclusions of a recent survey of the major vulnerability issues related to climate change. They discuss the main equity and social justice issues that they perceive to be primary criteria and which must inform the climate change regime. Published December 2001

Capacity Building for Climate Change
John Hay considers the implications of climate change for technical assistance to developing countries. Published March 1999

Population, Consumption and Equity
Robert Engelman demonstrates the importance of linking the issues of population and greenhouse gas reductions if global equity is to prevail. Published December 1998

Aiming for Equity
Daniel Kammen and Ann Kinzig discuss strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions substantially, with equity to the fore. Published September 1998

Proposed Emissions Targets
Susan Subak, Mike Hulme and Louise Bohn assess the implications for global temperature of current proposals for strengthening the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Published September 1997

On the Web

2008 Carbon Sequestration Atlas II of the United States and Canada - Version 2
The Carbon Sequestration Atlas of the United States and Canada, from the United States Department of Energy, documents more than 3,500 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide storage potential in oil and gas reservoirs, coal seams, and saline formations. It also describes on-going field activities. Published November 2008

30 Ways in 30 Days
From creating mass markets for solar water heaters, improving vehicle efficiency, using waste for energy or installing energy-efficient cooking stoves or planting trees and protecting forests, UNEP's 30 case studies prove that solutions to combat climate change are available, accessible and replicable.

A Preliminary Assessment of Energy and Ecosystem Resilience in Ten African Countries
A Preliminary Assessment of Energy and Ecosystem Resilience in Ten African Countries, from Helios International, is a preliminary attempt to identify points of vulnerability as they relate to climate change-related events and sketch out what changes are needed, both politically and programmatically, to increase resilience. Published 2007

A Solar Grand Plan
In a Scientific American article, Ken Zweibel, James Mason and Vasilis Fthenakis consider how, by 2050, solar power could end American dependence on foreign oil and slash greenhouse gas emissions. Published January 2008

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.

Adaptation Learning Mechanism
The Adaptation Learning Mechanism is mapping good practices, providing information, building knowledge and networks on climate change adaptation. It is developing tools and resources to support: adaptation practices; integration of climate change risks and adaptation into development policy, planning and operations; and capacity building.

Adapting to Climate Change
Adapting to Climate Change, from Oxfam, discusses what's needed in poor countries and who should pay. Published May 2007

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 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 Water Development Outlook 2007
Asian Water Development Outlook 2007, from the Asian Development Bank, argues that developing Asian countries should not experience a water crisis in the future - there is now enough knowledge, technology, and expertise available in the region to solve its existing and future water problems. If some Asian countries face a crisis in the future, inadequate or inappropriate water governance, not physical scarcity of water, will be the likely reason. Published November 2007

Assessing Biofuels
Assessing Biofuels, from UNEP, recommends new planning and management approaches to balance the beneficial effects of the production of biofuels with their environmental and social consequences. Published 2010

Balancing Cost and Emissions Certainty: An Allowance Reserve for Cap-and-Trade
On efficiency grounds, the economics community has tended to emphasize price-based policies to address climate change - such as taxes or a "safety valve" price ceiling for cap-and-trade - while environmental advocates have sought a more clear, quantitative limit on emissions. This working paper presents a simple modification to the idea of a safety valve: a quantitative limit called an "allowance reserve" which may bridge the gap between these competing interests and potentially improve efficiency relative to tax or other price-based policies. Published August 2008

Blue Carbon - The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon
Blue Carbon, from GRID-Arendal and UNEP, highlights the critical role of the oceans and ocean ecosystems in maintaining our climate. It aims to assist policy makers to mainstream an oceans agenda into national and international climate change initiatives. Various electronic resources can be downloaded as well as the full report. Published October 2009

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

Bright Hub
Bright Hub's goal is to share knowledge about how the simplest scientific idea evolves into tomorrow's technology.

Buildings and Climate Change: Status, Challenges and Opportunities
Buildings and Climate Change: Status, Challenges and Opportunities, from UNEP, says many opportunities exist for governments, industry and consumers to take appropriate actions during the life span of buildings that will help mitigate the impacts of global warming. Published March 2007

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies
The Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducts research into technologies to capture, utilize, and store carbon dioxide from large stationary sources.

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum is an international climate change initiative that is focused on development of improved cost-effective technologies for the separation and capture of carbon dioxide for its transport and long-term safe storage.

Carbon Sequestration, Finance
Introduction to carbon sequestration and related issues from the United States Department of Energy.

Carbon trading glossary
Glossary on carbon commerce from Buying Solutions

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre coordinates the Caribbean region's response to climate change. It is the key node for information on climate change issues and on the region's response to managing and adapting to climate change.

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.

Clean Air - Cool Planet
The mission of Clean Air - Cool Planet is to work with partners in business, education and the community in solving the global warming problem, developing economically efficient and innovative climate policies and mobilizing civic engagement to implement practical climate solution. The regional focus of the organization is the northeast United States.

Climate Action Tracker
The Climate Action Tracker is an independent science-based assessment that tracks the emission commitments and actions of countries. The website provides an up-to-date assessment of individual national pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Change and Energy
SciDev.Net provides news, features, opinion and analysis on climate change and energy.

Climate Change and Insect-Borne Disease
SciDev.Net presents articles, opinion pieces, news, facts and figures on the implications of climate change for insect-borne diseases, including malaria.

Climate Community
The Climate Community site, launched under the UNDP Environment & Energy Group project Capacity Development for Policy Makers to Address Climate Change, presents information on key climate change issues including the economic and policy implications of climate change and analyses of the negotiations. It also features an extensive library with documents in multiple languages and forums to share information and resources.

Climate Competitiveness Index
The Climate Competitiveness Index is a metric that analyses how countries are progressing to the low-carbon economy. It assesses climate action and leadership in 95 countries covering the vast majority of businesses and 97% of global economic activity as well as 96% of carbon emissions.

Climate Finance Portal
The Climate Finance Portal is a gateway to information on activities funded in developing countries to implement the Climate Change Convention.

Climate policy
Glossary on climate policy from Weathervane.

Climate Ready Estuaries Program Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas (1.2MB download)
Climate Ready Estuaries Program Synthesis of Adaptation Options for Coastal Areas, from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, provides a brief introduction to key physical impacts of climate change on estuaries and a review of on-the-ground adaptation options available to coastal managers to reduce their systems' vulnerability to climate change impacts. Published January 2009

Climate Science Watch
Climate Science Watch is a non-profit public interest education and advocacy project dedicated to holding public officials accountable for using climate research effectively and with integrity in dealing with the challenge of global climate disruption.

Climate Wrongs and Human Rights
Climate Wrongs and Human Rights, from Oxfam, argues that the industrialized nations should base their climate policies on existing international human rights principles and stop using economic excuses to avoid their responsibilities.

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

CO2 Capture Project
The CO2 Capture Project is a joint project comprising eight of the world's leading energy companies, aiming to reduce the cost of carbon dioxide capture from combustion sources and developing methods for safely storing carbon dioxide underground.

Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network (CBNRM Net)
CNBRM Net provides broad, robust and useful networking tools aimed at linking stakeholders involved in Community-Based Natural Resource Management.

Cool Earth 50
Speech by Shinzo Abe, then Japanese Prime Minister, launching the Cool Earth 50 proposal for a framework to follow up the Kyoto Protocol.

Coolproducts is a campaign to set ambitious minimum requirements for energy efficiency and other environmental aspects of products sold in the European Union.

Coral Reef Resilience and Resistance to Bleaching
Coral Reef Resilience and Resistance to Bleaching, from the World Conservation Union and the Nature Conservancy, shows that the fate of corals may not yet be sealed. By fighting other stress factors such as pollution or overfishing impacting on coral reefs, reefs will be able to better adapt to climate change impacts. Published October 2006

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.

Database : Community Forest Management in Tropical America
The database Manejo Forestal Comunitario en América Tropical is a computer-based tool for finding bibliographic information about community forest management in tropical America. In Spanish only.

Davos Climate Alliance
The Davos Climate Alliance is an Initiative of the World Economic Forum to promote sound measures and best practice aimed at mitigating carbon related risks.

Dealing with Climate Change
LEISA Magazine, volume 24 Issue 4, focuses on dealing with climate change and includes a series of articles on adaptation in the developing world. Published December 2008

Dialogue on Water and Climate
The Co-operative Programme on Water and Climate, in The Hague, the Netherlands, aims to improve the capacity in water resources management to cope with the impacts of increasing variability of the world's climate.

e-agriculture.org is a global initiative to enhance sustainable agricultural development and food security by improving the use of information, communication, and associated technologies in the sector. In Global Examples, the site shares stories of projects, activities or practices that illustrate e-agriculture activities.

Emissions Marketing Association
The mission of the Emissions Marketing Association is to promote market-based trading solutions for environmental management and to serve its membership.

Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Considerations for On-road Transport in Asia
Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Considerations for On-road Transport in Asia is a contribution to the development, by the Asian Development Bank, of a policy framework to guide investments and address energy efficiency and climate change in the transport sector in Asia. Published May 2006

Environmental Performance Index
The Environmental Performance Index, from Yale University and Columbia University, identifies broadly-accepted targets for environmental performance and measures how close each country comes to these goals. Published annually

Ethanol Across America
Ethanol Across America is a grassroots information network that is committed to advancing the production and use of renewable fuel ethanol through education and outreach.

EuroCaribbean is a European window for the support of energy sustainability in the Caribbean islands.

European Renewable Energy Council
The European Renewable Energy Council - EREC - is an umbrella organization of the European renewable energy industry, trade and research associations active in the fields of photovoltaic, small hydropower, solar thermal, biomass, wind energy and geothermal energy, thus representing the entire renewable energy sector.

European Union Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme
Official site of the European Union Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme, at the time of its launch, the largest multi-country, multi-sector trading scheme worldwide.

Facing an Uncertain Future
Facing an Uncertain Future, from CIFOR, presents the case for a dual agenda to enhance the role of forests in adaptation: assisting forests to weather the coming storm of climate change, and managing forests in ways that enable forest-dependent peoples and society in general to cope with the coming changes. Published December 2008

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.

FERN keeps track of the European Union's involvement in forests and co-ordinates non-governmental organization activities at the European level.

Fish for All
"Fish for All" is a global initiative aimed at bringing together policy makers, scientists, stakeholders and non-governmental organizations to create dialogue, policy analysis and studies for solutions to the future of aquatic life and food security and nutrition for those who use and depend on fish.

Future International Action on Climate Change Network
The purpose of the website is to provide an interactive international platform for discussion on future international action on climate change, including approaches of a post-2012 commitment regime under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.

Global Environment Outlook
Global Environment Outlook (GEO), from the United Nations, is an annual report on environment, development and human well-being.

Go Solar California
Go Solar California provides consumers a "one-stop shop" for information on rebates, tax credits and incentives for solar energy systems in California and inspirational ideas for other states and nations.

Grants and other funding opportunities
SciDev Net maintains an up-to-date list of funding opportunities in the area of science and development.

Green Car Congress
Green Car Congress' mission is to provide timely, high-quality editorial about the full spectrum of energy options, technologies, products, issues and policies related to sustainable mobility.

Green Car Congress
Green Car Congress' mission is to provide timely, high-quality editorial about the full spectrum of energy options, technologies, products, issues and policies related to sustainable mobility.

Green Growth
Green Growth is an ESCAP initiative promoting win-win approaches to reconciling the conflict between current pathways for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World
Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World, from UNEP, gathers data on employment in different sectors - renewable energy, energy efficiency in buildings, sustainable transportation and organic agriculture - and draws conclusions and recommendations for policy makers, business and industry, workers and trade unions in the context of the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Published October 2008

Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative (GHG Protocol) is a multi-stakeholder partnership of businesses, non-governmental organizations, governments and others whose mission is to develop internationally accepted greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and reporting standards for business and to promote their broad adoption.

Health and Environment Linkages Initiative
Health and Environment Linkages Initiative (HELI) is a global effort by the World Heath Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme to support action by developing country policymakers on environmental threats to health. Climate change is a priority issue.

Helio International
HELIO International is an independent, international network of leading energy analysts whose objective is to identify, assess, measure and publicize the contribution of energy systems and policies to sustainable and equitable development. HELIO's core activity is Sustainable Energy Watch

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

IFPRI Publications
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), whose mandate is to seek sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty, regularly publishes policy briefs on agricultural issues related to climate change.

Integrated Coastal Zone Management
The Europa website on integrated coastal zone management contains details of European Union policy developments in this area as well as technical reports and news of relevant research and outreach programmes.

International Emissions Trading Association
The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) aims to be the premier voice for the business community on emissions trading. Its objectives are: to promote an integrated view of the emissions trading system; to participate in the design and implementation of national and international rules and guidelines; and to provide the most up-to-date and credible source of information on emissions trading and greenhouse gas market activity.

International Environmental Agreements Database Project
International Environmental Agreements Database Project maintains comprehensive details of bilateral and multilateral environmental agreements.

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction aims at building disaster resilient communities by promoting increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction as an integral component of sustainable development. Website contains information on activities, awareness campaigns, publications and other resources.

Investment and Financial Flows Relevant to the Development of Effective and Appropriate International Response to Climate Change
Investment and Financial Flows, from the UNFCCC Secretariat, reviews and analyzes investment and financial flows relevant to the development of an effective and appropriate international response to climate change, with particular focus on developing country's needs, including their medium-to long-term requirements for investment and finance. Published August 2007

Japan for Sustainability
The Japan for Sustainability website includes a useful information centre listing sustainability news and also ideas for responding to climate change and other threats.

Journey to Forever: City Farms
Journey to Forever provides an introduction to urban farming, including an extensive list of resources.

Learning for Sustainability
The Learning for Sustainability site brings together resources to help us address the social and capacity building aspects of managing water and other natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Lighting the Way: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future
Lighting the Way, from the InterAcademy Council, identifies a scientific consensus framework for directing global energy development. It lays out the science, technology and policy roadmap for developing energy resources to drive economic growth in both industrialized and developing countries while also securing climate protection and global development goals.

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

Local Renewables Web Portal
The Local Renewables Web Portal provides a tool to motivate and guide local governments through the renewable energy policy process.

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

Managing Mangroves for Resilience to Climate Change
Managing Mangroves for Resilience to Climate Change, from the World Conservation Union and the Nature Conservancy, details a series of strategies and tools to fight the non-climatic stress factors to help mangroves survive in the face of climate change. Published October 2006

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.

Mapping Climate Vulnerability and Poverty in Africa (2.2MB download)
Mapping Climate Vulnerability and Poverty in Africa, from the International Livestock Research Institute, identifies areas that appear to be particularly prone to climate change impacts, considers the biophysical and social vulnerability of these and other areas and assesses the use of climate information in decisionmaking. Published May 2006

MDG Monitor
The MDG Monitor shows how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Methane to Markets
The Methane to Markets Partnership is an international initiative that advances cost-effective, near-term methane recovery and use as a clean energy source.

The NatCarb website presents background information and interactive maps on the process of storing carbon dioxide.

Older People and Climate Change: the Case for Better Engagement
Older People and Climate Change: the Case for Better Engagement, from the Stockholm Environment Institute, argues the case for better engagement of older people on climate change and on environmental issues in general. Published August 2010

Online Managed Realignment Guide
The Online Managed Realignment Guide is a collection point for coastal habitat creation projects in Europe, focusing on presenting lessons learned from those schemes which have made it through to implementation.

Opportunities for Avoided Deforestation with Sustainable Benefits
Opportunities for Avoided Deforestation with Sustainable Benefits, from the Consultative Group for International Research in Agriculture, concludes that abatement costs of avoided deforestation could be more cost effective than other climate change mitigation activities. With the right policy incentives, there could be significant benefits to smallholder farmers, to ecosystems, and to the global climate. Published November 2007

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 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.

Pathways Analysis
The United Kingdom is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. This site provides resources that enable young and old to assess what options are available to meet this goal.

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

The PATT foundation aims at providing economic, social and environmental sustainability through community based forestry projects in developing countries. Working in conjunction with corporate partners, government and intergovernmental agencies, non governmental organizations, local authorities, and local communities, it plans to plant 1 million trees per year in locations worldwide.

Post Carbon Institute
The core focus of the approach of the Post Carbon Institute is to bring together the best ideas and models for transitioning from the carbon-addicted world to the post-carbon world as quickly, equitably and sustainably as possible.

Poverty, Health, and Ecosystems: Experience from Asia
Poverty, Health, and Ecosystems, from the World Conservation Union, highlights the challenges faced by poor and often resource-dependent households across Asia. Published August 2006

Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources
Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources, from the United States Climate Change Science Program, focuses on federally-managed land and water. Published June 2008

R2 ReefResilience
ReefResilience is the place to find information about building resilience into coral reef management strategies.

Rain Water Harvesting
Rain Water Harvesting, from the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Agroforestry Centre, underlines the massive potential of rainwater harvesting in Africa

REDD Monitor
REDD Monitor provides news, views and analysis about reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

REN21 is a global policy network that provides a forum for international leadership on renewable energy. Its goal is to bolster policy development for the rapid expansion of renewable energies in developing and industrialised economies. It publishes the Renewables Global Status Report.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership is a global partnership that structures policy initiatives for clean energy markets and facilitates financing for sustainable energy projects. It aims to accelerate the integration of renewables into the energy mix and to advocate energy efficiency as a path to improved energy security and reduced carbon emissions, ensuring socio-economic benefits.

Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation
Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, analyzes the scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of the contribution of six renewable energy sources to the mitigation of climate change. Published May 2011

Renewables Global Status Report
The Renewables Global Status Report, from REN21, provides an integrated perspective on the global renewable energy situation. Published annually

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

Resource Guide on Gender and Climate Change (2.2MB download)
The Resource Guide on Gender and Climate Change, from the United Nations Development Programme, aims to inform practitioners and policy makers of the linkages between gender equality and climate change and their importance in relation to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Published November 2008

Seawater Forests Initiative
Seawater Forests Initiative uses seawater, photosynthesis and human intelligence to green coastal deserts, generate wealth and abundance and provide immediate and long lasting planetary ecological balance.

Silvopastoral AgroForestry Toolbox
The Silvopastoral AgroForestry Toolbox helps farmers, land managers and their advisors assess the potential of sillvopastoral agroforestry as an alternative land use and provides information on how to manage a silvopastoral agroforestry system.

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

Solar Power for the Poor
Technologies to harness solar power as a path to low-carbon energy are developing at breakneck speed. SciDev.Net presents a series of articles, including news, analysis and comment, on how can developing countries best make use of solar technology to benefit the millions of rural poor who still live without electricity.

Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment of the carbon dioxide capture and storage issue, published in 2005. The Summary for Policymakers is available as a 0.5MB download.

Spotlight on Biofuels: the Research Challenge
News and views on the biofuels issue from the Science and Development Network.

Stern Review
The Stern Review, which was commissioned by the British government, considers the economic impacts of future climate trends and the costs of taking action to avert the threat by reducing emissions and limiting impacts. Published October 2006

Sustainable Africa
News, features, networking assistance and a calendar and events on the theme of sustainable Africa.

Sustainable Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands
Sustainable Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands is an UNESCO initiative aimed at promoting the development of coastal regions in a manner which is environmentally sound, socially equitable and culturally appropriate. Combines expertise from natural and social sciences as well as local knowledge and practice.

Sustainable Energy Finance Directory
The Sustainable Energy Finance Directory is a free-of-charge online database of lenders and investors who actively provide finance to the sustainable energy (renewable energy and energy efficiency) sector worldwide.

TerrAfrica is a multi-partner initiative, aiming to increase the scale, efficiency and effectiveness of investments towards sustainable land management in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Feasibility of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage in the UK
Study of the potential for carbon dioxide capture and storage in the United Kingdom, prepared by the Department of Trade and Industry.

The Jatropha System
Jatropha curcas is cultivated as a crop-protecting hedgerow in Mali and provides oil for soap and fuel as a renewable, multipurpose resource. See also World Bank Indigenous Knowledge Notes No 47.

The Pelican Web
The mission of The Pelican Web is to collect, organize, and disseminate knowledge on sustainable development, with especial focus on human development; and to publish the monthly, free subscription, open access Mother Pelican.

The US Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the Costs of Inaction
The US Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the Costs of Inaction, from the Center for Integrative Environmental Research, presents an overview of climate impacts on various economic sectors in the United States, organized by region. Published October 2007

The World Food Situation: New Driving Forces and Required Actions
The World Food Situation, from the International Food Policy Research Institute, provides an assessment of global food supplies and prices. It concludes that business as usual could mean increased misery, especially for the world's poorest populations. A mix of policy actions that avoids damage and fosters positive responses is required. Published December 2007

Too Hot to Handle?
Too Hot to Handle?, from the Oxford Research Group, concludes that nuclear power still poses all of its traditional problems and cannot help with climate change. Published July 2007

UNEP Bioenergy Issue Paper Series
The Bioenergy Issue Paper Series, from UNEP, covers various topics related to bioenergy, including land-use change, water, invasive species and stakeholder involvement. Published, 2010 onwards

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

United Nations Climate Change Conference, December 2009
Official site for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, December 2009.

United States Climate Change Technology Program Strategic Plan
The Climate Change Technology Program Strategic Plan, from the United States Department of Energy, details measures to accelerate the development and reduce the cost of new and advanced technologies that avoid, reduce, or capture and store greenhouse gas emissions. Published September 2006

United States Department of the Navy, Energy, Environment and Climate Change
Energy, Environment and Climate Change provides information about the United States Navy and Marine Corps' energy, environmental and climate change programmes.

Warm Words (0.5MB download)
Warm Words, from the Institute for Public Policy Research, argues that the climate story needs to be told in a more shrewd and contemporary way, using subtle techniques of engagement. Published August 2006

Womenwatch - Women, Gender Equality and Climate Change
The Womenwatch feature page provides access to information and resources on gender equality and climate change from the United Nations system.

World Alliance for Decentralized Energy
The World Alliance for Decentralized Energy works to accelerate the worldwide development of high efficiency cogeneration, onsite power and decentralized renewable energy systems that deliver substantial economic and environmental benefits.

World Bank Carbon Finance
The World Bank Carbon Finance Unit's website provides information about funding opportunities, project methodologies and capacity strengthening as well as a helpdesk and FAQ.

World Economic and Social Survey 2009: Promoting Development, Saving the Planet
The World Economic and Social Survey 2009, from the United Nations, argues that an integrated approach based on the concept of sustainable development is urgently needed. It concludes that climate mitigation and adaptation efforts can move forward effectively only if they are part of a consistent development strategy built around a massive investment-led transformation along low-carbon, high-growth paths. Published September 2009

World Energy Outlook
World Energy Outlook, from the International Energy Agency, reviews current trends in global energy supply and demand. While the current report can only be purchased, reports from previous years can be downloaded at no charge. Published annually

World Institute of Sustainable Energy
The World Institute of Sustainable Energy aims to play a holistic and critical role in shaping the development of the renewable energy sector in all Indian states.

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.

WRAP works in partnership, helping businesses and the general public to reduce waste, to use more recycled material, and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimize landfills, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.

YouTube: e-agriculture
YouTube makes available videos relating to agriculture and rural development, demonstrating one use of information and communications technologies in facilitating agriculture and rural development.

Zero Waste Alliance
The Zero Waste Alliance is a non-profit partnership of universities, government, business and other organizations working to develop, promote and apply Zero Waste strategies. It has developed EPEAT, an environmental procurement tool designed to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebook computers and monitors based on their environmental attributes, and other resources.

zerocarbonbritain details how Britain can eliminate emissions from fossil fuels in 20 years and break dependence on imported energy.

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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