Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Mountains and climate change


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.


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

In the Cyberlibrary

Gender and Climate Change in the Himalayas
The Asia Pacific Mountain Network reports on an e-discussion, held in October 2009, on gender and climate change in the Himalayas. Published December 2009

Can Disasters Help to Improve a Country's Economy?
The Asia Pacific Mountain Network reports on an e-discussion, held in July 2008, on whether or not natural disasters can improve a national economy. Published February 2009

Building the Resilience of Mountain Communities to Climate Change
The Asia Pacific Mountain Network reports on an e-discussion on building the resilience of mountain communities to climate change held in May 2008. Published July 2008

Building the Resilience of Mountain Communities to Climate Change
A global e-conference on Climate Change and the Himalayan Glaciers was held May 7-30th 2007. Tek Jung Mahat from ClimateHimalaya reports. Published July 2007

International Year of the Mountains
The year 2002 has been designated the International Year of Mountains by the United Nations General Assembly. Published September 2002

On the Web

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.

China: The Third Pole
Jane Qiu reports in Nature on the changes atop the roof of the world, the Tibetan plateau.

Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment
Supporting a global network on mountain biodiversity research, the site details planned activities including database development and future workshops.

Global Warming - Impacts - Mountains
Survey of the impact of climate change on mountainous areas for the US Environmental Protection Agency.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
Detailing the work of one of the leading mountain studies institutes, site focuses on the mountain populations of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and on integrated mountain development.

International Cryosphere Climate Initiative
The International Cryosphere Climate Initiative works to highlight the climate policy needs and differences in the regions of the world covered by ice and snow, especially the Arctic, Antarctica and Himalayan "Third Pole."

Mountain Forum
The Mountain Forum promotes the sustainable development of mountain areas and, as well as supporting networking, has developed an electronic information service, including discussion lists, on-line library and events listing.

Mountain Partnership
The Mountain Partnership is a voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.

Mountain Voices
Personal testimony and perspectives from mountain peoples around the world.

Mountain Watch
Mountain Watch profiles methods developed to aid decision-makers to assess the condition of mountain ecosystems, the pressures that affect them and the services that they provide. A new analysis of global data sets is supplemented by regional and local case studies drawn from around the world.

Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation
The Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation (Grassroots), a non-profit voluntary organization, works in the central and western Himalayan states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in India to promote sustainable, self-reliant development at the village level.

The Banff Centre
The Banff Centre is dedicated to the arts, leadership and mountain culture and development and runs an annual programme of events designed to enrich professional practice in the realm of traditional education.

The Mountain Institute
Information about Mountain Institute projects, publications and learning programmes.

UNEP is the global Environmental Reference Centre of the Mountain Partnership.

World Mountain People Association
The World Mountain People Association builds on partnerships between mountain populations to share experience and develop cooperation on common issues.

Youth and Climate Change
Youth and Climate Change, from ICIMOD, is a special issue of the Asia Pacific Mountain Courier devoted to young people in mountain environments. Published November 2010

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