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.

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Sustainable development — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

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

Africa's Vulnerability to Climate Change and Opportunities for Adaptation
Balgis Osman-Elasha discusses the many factors that make the African continent so vulnerable to environmental stress and climate change impacts and summarizes some of the adaptation opportunities that would ensure the continent a healthy and sustainable future. Published March 2007

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

Sustainability - the Real Challenge Lies Within
Jonathan Diederiks maintains that achieving sustainable outcomes in business has far less to do with processes and management training than with individual human empowerment and emotional intelligence. Published August 2005

The Mauritius Declaration on Small Island Developing States
Kanayathu Koshy and Sarah Granich discuss an international review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island States. Published July 2005

The Clean Development Mechanism and Sustainable Development
Ben Pearson argues that the Clean Development Mechanism is failing in its mandate to promote sustainable development. Published March 2005

Sustainable Village Energy in Lao PDR
Adam Harvey describes a programme designed to provide sustainable forms of energy to villages in Lao PDR. Published February 2005

Interview with Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury
In a Newswatch interview, Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury discusses the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. 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

Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative
Tom Roper describes the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative, intended to assist Small Island Developing States develop renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Published December 2004

Vision 2050 for EU-15
A new vision for a transition to sustainable energy in Europe by 2050 has been developed. Newswatch editor Sarah Granich reports. Published December 2004

Small Islands - Big Potential
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury discusses the current status of Small Island Developing States in the context of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. Published October 2004

Indigenous Dialogue on Sustainable Development
Bill Van Lopik outlines the results of a recent international dialogue that focused on the models of sustainable development and positive practices of indigenous peoples. Published September 2004

A Moral Challenge
Lionel Hurst discusses the urgent need to effectively link global climate change to sustainable development challenges. Published March 2003

The World Summit: a personal perspective
Robert Kay and Andrew Crow describe what it was like to take part in the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Published December 2002

Robert Kay and Andrew Crow describe the excitement of launching a new Type II initiative at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Published December 2002

North-South Dialogue
Peter Zhou discusses equity and sustainable development perceptions from a Southern Africa aspect. Published September 2001

Environment Liaison Centre International
The Environment Liaison Centre International is an information and communication network of more than 850 non-governmental and community-based organizations in over 100 countries, all working towards a more sustainable world. Published March 1997

A New Pathway for Cooperation
The Earth Council is an independent standing commission of politicians, diplomats, scientists, journalists and others. It aspires to become the centre of a global citizens network, acting on behalf of civic society to further the process of sustainable development. Published April 1993

On the Web

Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy
Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy is an interdisciplinary unit that includes ten fully-planned lessons. This unit will lead your students through an exploration of the system of producing and consuming goods that is called the materials economy, including the five major steps: Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption and Disposal. The sustainability of these steps is analyzed, determining how consumption can benefit people, economies, and environments. Available as a free download.

Center for Sustainable Development
CSDi provides proof-tested solutions to challenges faced by development professionals: donors, executive directors, project designers, grant writers, project managers, field staff and project beneficiaries. Online learning courses include community-based adaptation.

Green Cross International
The mission of Green Cross International is to help ensure a just, sustainable and secure future for all.

Green Hotelier
Green Hotelier discusses practical solutions for responsible tourism.

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

Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

International Development Enterprises (India)
International Development Enterprises (India) is a not-for-profit enterprise committed to providing long-term solutions to poverty, hunger and malnutrition. It aims to stimulate a sustainable and free market by creating demand for affordable technologies and ensuring a sustainable supply chain.

Millennium Development Goals
The Millennium Development Goals commit the international community to an expanded vision of development, one that vigorously promotes human development as the key to sustaining social and economic progress in all countries, and recognizes the importance of creating a global partnership for development.

Mother Earth
Mother Earth seeks to coordinate the various initiatives that are being developed to achieve a life in harmony with nature from a scientific, cultural, political, legal and civil society perspective.

One Sky
The mission of One Sky, the Canadian Institute of Sustainable Living, is to promote sustainable living globally. It works on projects to promote human rights and sustainable economics and to conserve and protect the environment. One Sky furthers appropriate technology systems and is focusing on renewable energy at the local, national and international levels.

SEED Initiative
The SEED Initiative is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy. It supports innovative small-scale and locally-driven entrepreneurships around the globe which integrate social and environmental benefits into their business model.

Solutions is a non-profit print and online publication devoted to showcasing bold and innovative ideas for solving the world's integrated ecological, social and economic problems.

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.

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.

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.

World Resources Institute
The World Resources Institute (based in Washington DC in the United States) provides a wealth of information on many aspects of environment and development, including climate change. The annual review contains copious statistics on the state of the planet.

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
The Wuppertal Institute in Germany addresses the conflict between economics and environment, looking for ways of achieving increased prosperity with lower consumption. The Climate Policy Division is involved in a number of studies covering, amongst other things, instruments, the role and the biosphere, and local and regional issues. In German. Translate this site.

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