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.

Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Handbook
Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Handbook

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

In the Cyberlibrary

Perception, Power and Participation
Chiara Bianchizza describes how perception, power and participation are crucial ingredients in reducing vulnerability to climate change in Bangladesh. Published December 2010

Adaptation and Health in Zambia
George Kasali describes key factors that make Zambia's health sector vulnerable to climate change, focusing on malaria and the impacts of floods and droughts. Published October 2009

Climate and Health in Bhutan
Dago Tschering and Gyambo Sithey identify the main areas in which Bhutan is at risk from adverse climate change effects on health. Published October 2009

Malaria in Cotonou, Benin
Krystel Dossou describes how climate change could affect malaria prevalence in the city of Cotonou in Benin. Published October 2009

Too Much of a Good Thing
Gwen Young, Barry Smit, Johanna Wandel and Humberto Zavala describe vulnerability to water resources under climate change in the semi-arid Elqui Valley, Chile. Published November 2008

Interview with Mickey Glantz
In a Newswatch interview, Mickey Glantz discusses the role of social science in climate research and policy development. Published October 2008

Politics and Climate Change in Suriname
Maureen Silos outlines the vulnerabilities to climate change confronting Suriname. Published September 2007

The Cook Islands - an Ocean and Coastal Environment
Vaitoti Tupa discusses the environmental challenges facing the Cook Islands, commenting on climate change and sea-level rise, resource sustainability and capacity building. Published May 2007

Fourth Assessment of Climate Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
The Fourth Assessment report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability was finalized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change during the first half of 2007. Newswatch editor Mick Kelly reports. Published April 2007

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

International Disaster Reduction
Increasingly, the international community is recognizing that disaster reduction strategies must be developed to provide long-term risk and capacity management that encompasses the complexity of interdependent systems and strengthens resilience in the face of long-term climate change. Newswatch editor Sarah Granich reports. Published November 2006

Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation in Nepal
Anil Raut presents a summary of the climate change impacts confronting Nepal and discusses adaptation measures that are being undertaken. Published January 2006

Perceptions of Climate Change in the Himalayas
Ngamindra Dahal discusses how climate change impacts are perceived in parts of the Himalayas in Nepal, and proposes activities to reduce vulnerability. Published September 2005

Small Island Developing States: A Special Case
Small Island Developing States have gained formal international recognition that the adverse effects of climate change are seriously affecting their continued existence and, for some, their very survival. Newswatch Editor Sarah Granich reports. 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

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment concludes that human influence is now "the dominant factor" in regional trends. Newswatch editor Mick Kelly 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

Empowering the Vulnerable
Lareef Zubair suggests that if vulnerable communities are empowered to cope with present-day climate change then the lessons learned can be utilized for longer-term adaptation. Published June 2004

Natural Disasters in Honduras
Manuel Winograd reports on a project on vulnerability and risk assessment of natural disasters in Honduras. Published March 2002

Coping with Climatic and Economic Change
Siri Eriksen, Ane Schjolden and Julie Silva discuss the linkages between climate change and economic vulnerability in southern Africa. Published March 2002

Environmental Change and Vulnerability: Lessons from Vietnam and the Indochina Region
Report of a conference on environmental change and vulnerability in the Indochina Region, held in Hanoi, Vietnam, in April 1998.

On the Web

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

Bangkok Assessment Report on Climate Change 2009 (4.1MB download)
The Bangkok Assessment Report on Climate Change, from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, attempts to explain why and how climate change is affecting Bangkok, while giving some idea of the likely trends that may be expected and what action will have to be taken in order to make the predicted outcomes less severe. Published 2009

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 Frontlines
Climate Frontlines is a global forum for indigenous peoples, small islands and vulnerable communities.

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 Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Handbook
The Climate Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis Handbook, from CARE, provides a methodology aimed at improving understanding of the implications of climate change for lives and livelihoods. By combining local knowledge with scientific climate information, the process builds people's understanding about climate risks and adaptation strategies. Published June 2009

Climate Vulnerability Monitor
The Climate Vulnerability Monitor is a tool built by DARA to assess vulnerability to the effects of climate change.

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.

Equality Trust
The Equality Trust aims to reduce income inequality through a programme of public and political education. Website makes available resources including video and slide shows.

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery is a partnership of 36 countries and six international organizations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change.

Indigenous Climate Portal
The Indigenous Climate Portal aims to provide indigenous peoples and the general public with relevant information and resources on climate change and indigenous peoples, and on REDD+ or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

IPCC 2001 on Small Island States
The 2001 assessment of the vulnerability of small island states from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

IPCC Working Group II
IPCC Working Group II focuses on vulnerability and impacts with emphasis on regional, sectoral and cross-sectoral issues.

Island Vulnerability
Island Vulnerability explores the challenges which isolated geographies face when dealing with risk and disasters by examining the processes which create, maintain, and could be used to reduce their vulnerability. Documents from the landmark Small States Conference on Sea Level Rise held in the Maldives in 1989 are available.

Many Strong Voices
Many Strong Voices brings the Arctic and Small Island Developing States together to take collaborative and strategic actions on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Programme participants include international organizations, government agencies, non-government organizations, Indigenous Peoples' organizations, research institutes, communities and individuals.

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

Mega-Stress for Mega-Cities
Mega-Stress for Mega-Cities, from WWF, highlights the vulnerability of Asia's major coastal cities, with the goal of increasing regional awareness of the impacts of climate change, providing a starting point for further research and policy discussions and triggering action to protect people and nature in and around these cities in the future. Published November 2009

Mongolia Assessment Report on Climate Change 2009
The Mongolia: Assessment Report on Climate Change 2009, from DEWAR, brings together the findings of climate change research in Mongolia for the first time, to raise awareness of decision makers and the general public so that they can develop appropriate responses to the challenges and threats. Published September 2009

Natural Hazards Project
The Natural Hazards Project, a division of the Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment of the Organization of American States, lends support to the member states to assess their vulnerability to natural hazards and mitigate the effects of disasters. Among its current areas of interest are floods, school buildings, and transportation corridors.

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

Reducing Vulnerability, Enhancing Resilience: The Importance of Adaptation Technologies for the Post-2012 Climate Agreement
Reducing Vulnerability, Enhancing Resilience, from CIDSE (Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité) and Caritas Internationalis, highlights the need for urgent enhanced action on adaptation technologies, which are key for adapting to climate change, reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development. Published June 2009

UK Climate Impacts Programme
The UK Climate Impacts Programme helps organizations to adapt to inevitable climate change. Site includes a range of tools.

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Small Island Developing States
Background paper prepared for the UNFCCC Expert Meeting on Adaptation for Small Island Developing States, held in Kingston, Jamaica, February 2007. Published February 2007

World Deltas Network
The World Deltas Network is a data, information, and research support service for deltas, to advance integrated science in the coastal zone, spanning physical, biological, and sociological disciplines.

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