Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Climate Narratives


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.


Personal testimony of climate impacts — selected resources on the web

On the Web

Adaptation Against the Odds: Enabling Communities to Cope with Climate Change
The photo exhibition Adaptation Against the Odds: Enabling Communities to Cope with Climate Change, from Practical Action, looks at how families in developing countries are coping with climate change.

An Amazon Culture Withers as Food Dries Up
Elisabeth Rosenthal describes the Kamayurá tribe's experience of climate change in Xingu National Park, Brazil. Published July 2009

At the Desert's Edge
At the Desert's Edge, from Panos, explores the culture, history and environment of eight countries in Africa's Sahel region through the memories and recollections of its people. Published 1992

Climate Witness in Action
Climate Witnesses have evidence of how rising sea levels, coral bleaching, violent storms, disappearing species, deadly heat waves, drought and other climate impacts have become part of their lives.

Fragile Planet
The Guardian Weekly presents first-person tales of the impact of climate change.

Internuncio tells the personal stories of people already experiencing the social implications of climate change. Based on scientific and observed findings, Internuncio is currently producing documentary films and photo-reports intended to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and social awareness.

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

Oral Testimonies
Personal accounts from Sudan and Ethiopia, collated by the Panos Institute, highlight the wide-ranging consequences of desertification, from migration for work and conflict over resources, to changes in traditions and women's roles.

The Village at the Tip of the Iceberg
For more than 2000 years, the Yup'ik Eskimos have carved out a subsistence living on the frozen wastes of southwest Alaska. Ed Pilkington reports that now the ice is melting and the village is having to move to a new site. The world's first climate-change refugees face an uncertain future. Published October 2008

Time Runs Out for Islanders on Global Warming's Front Line
The islanders of the Ganges delta talk of their battle against rising sea level. Published March 2008

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