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Climate Change

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): homepage
UN Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, 7
18 December 2009: homepage
Leeds Students in Climate Change Debate (New Civil Engineer, 26 March 2009)

Cover of WG2 report IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007
Synthesis Report
Summary for Policymakers

Working Group II Report: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

– Chapter 3: Fresh Water Resources and their Management

    – Chapter 8: Human Health   
Climate in Peril: A Popular Guide to the Latest IPCC Reports (UNEP, 2009)

World Meteorological Organization

Climate change videos from the UK Met Office on YouTube

Assessing the Costs of Adaptation to Climate Change: A Critique of the UNFCCC Estimates (iied, 2009)

Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (IDRC webpage)

World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change (World Bank, 2009)
Listen: The Development Dimension of Climate Change: the World Development Report 2010 (Dr Kirk Hamilton talking on Think Globally Radio, 27 August 2009 – select Episode Archive from top menu bar, then this programme from the list).

The State of World Population 2009 (UNFPA, 2009)How do population dynamics affect greenhouse gases and climate change? Will urbanization and an ageing population help or hinder efforts to adapt to a warming world? And could better reproductive health care and improved relations between women and men make a difference in the fight against climate change?

Other Worlds are Possible: Human Progress in an Age of Climate Change (IIED & New Economics Foundation, 2009) – this is the 6th Up in Smoke? report by the Working Group on Climate Change and Development; the other Up in Smoke? reports are here.

The Costs to Developing Countries of Adapting to Climate Change: New Methods and Estimates  (The Global Report of the Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change Study, consultation draft, World Bank, 2009)

World Economic and Social Survey 2009: Promoting Development, Saving the Planet − Overview (UN DESA, 2009)

Geoengineering the Climate: Science, Governance and Uncertainty (Royal Society, 2009)

Joto Afrika − a series of briefings and online resources about adapting to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa

Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions (University of Copenhagen, 2009)
State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World (Worldwatch Institute, 2009) − “the coming cent- ury of climate change, and how to manage and survive it.”  Chapter pdf's and essays on 'Climate Connections'.  See also Climate Change Reference Guide − 15 pages!
Human Development Report 2007/2008: Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world (UNDP, 2007)  Background papers
Climate Change Science Compendium 2009 (UNEP, 2009)

Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change (UN webpage with links to all UN Agencies)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (homepage)
Closing the Gaps: Disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in developing countries (Commission on Climate Change and Development, 2009). Background documents.

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Earth Policy Institute, 2008) PowerPoint presentationDatasetsYouTube clips
Policy Guidance on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation (OECD, 2009)
Kick the Habit: A UN Guide to Climate Neutrality (UNEP, 2008)

UNEP Climate Change Strategy (UNEP, 2008)
Climate Action (Sustainable Development International/UNEP, 2007)
Climate Solutions − WWF’s Vision for 2050
Adapting to Climate Change in Developing Countries (UK Parliamentary Office of Science and
Technology, 2006)

Climate Change: Getting adaptation right (ODI ‘Opinion’, 2008)
See also: Climate Action (Sustainable Development International website)
            why 350? Answer here.

Climate change in India: Forgotten threats, forgotten opportunities (Economic & Political Weekly, 2010)

DVD:  An Inconvenient Truth − the 2006 documentary film about global warming presented by former US Vice President Al Gore (buy at

Managing our Future Water Needs for Agriculture, Industry, Human Health and the Environment (World Economic Forum, 2008)
Climate change, risk and infrastructure policy-making (Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering, 2009) – this is the inaugural address of Jean Venables, who became the 144th president (and the first female president) of the Institution of Civil Engineers on 4 November 2008 − video here.
The Age of Stupid  a 2009 movie telling the story of a man living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

European Union
Climate Change-induced Water Stress and its Impact on Natural and Managed Ecosystems
(European Parliament, 2008)
Living with climate change in Europe (EC webpage)
White Paper: Adapting to Climate Change: Towards a European Framework for Action (European Commission, 2009)
− background documents:
     Human, Animal and Plant Health Impacts of Climate Change
     Climate Change and Water, Coasts and Marine Issues

See also: Climate change and infectious disease transmission
                     Climate change and water resources / water supplies
                     Climate change and agriculture

Climate change and cities
Climate Change and Human Settlements (whole issue of Habitat International, July 2009)
Climate change and cities (iied, 2006)
Slums, climate change and human health in sub-Saharan Africa (Bull. WHO, 2009)

Climate change and cities: why urban agendas are central to adaptation and mitigation (iied, 2007)
Adapting to climate change in urban areas: the possibilities and constraints in low- and middle-income nations (iied, 2007)
Climate change and urban children: impacts and implications for adaptation in low- and middle-income countries (iied, 2008)

Climate change, urban flooding and the rights of the urban poor in Africa − Key findings from six African cities (ActionAid, 2006)
Climate Resilience of Infrastructure Investments (four presentations made at World Bank Water Week, February 2009)
Bangladesh and climate migration (Greenwire, 2009)
Sustainable Critical Infrastructure Systems: A Framework for Meeting 21st Century Imperatives [in USA] (National Academies Press, 2009)
Building Resilient Cities (whole issue of UA Magazine #22, 2009)
Center for Resilient Cities (website)

Climate change and rural poverty
Climate change and the poor: Adapt or die (The Economist, 2008)

Climate Change: Challenges for Social Protection in Africa (World Bank, 2008)
Multimedia presentation:
Gathering Storm: The Humanitarian Impact of Climate Change [in Africa] (UNEP, 2008)
Livelihoods and climate change (ELDIS webpage)
Climate and Environment:
Ensuring the environment is managed in a way that helps to reduce poverty (DFID webpage)
How climate change threatens the world’s poor (DFID, undated)

Climate change and gender
Coping with climate change: What works for women? (Oxfam, 2008)
Maasai women adapt to a changing climate (WEM, 2008)
Climate change is a feminist issue (WEM, 2008)
Gender and Climate Change (WECF, 2010)

Climate change and children
Our climate, our children, our responsibility: The implications of climate change for the world’s children (UNICEF UK, 2008)
− see also here.  

Climate change and humanitarian aid
Climate Change: Coping with the Humanitarian Impact (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 2008)

Carbon markets and the Clean Development Mechanism
What you should know about carbon markets (Energies, 2008)

See also:
Websites & webpages:

Climate Change Resource Guide (ELDIS)
Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors

Climate change: news, opinion and explanation from around the BBC
Climate change (BBC World Service webpage) − a news and announcement service on climate change policy and issues (International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services)
Climate change and public health (CDC)
Climate Change & Energy (SciDev.Net)

Climate change (World Bank)
Climate change adaptation (Eldis)

Climate change resilience (Rockefeller Foundation)
Climate Institute (homepage)
Climate change (iied)
Climate change (WWF)
Climate Change and Energy Programme (WWF India) − see also Living Ganga Programme
Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (IDRC)
Climate Strategies (webpage)
Global Climate Change Program (USAID)

Climate change (US EPA)
Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary (SEI & iied)

Journal of Water and Climate
International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

Global Environmental Change
Climate Research
Climate Policy
Climate and Development

State of the World 2009: Confronting Climate Change (Earthscan for Worldwatch Institute, 2008)
The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review (CUP, 2007)  University of Leeds Library catalogue entry.  Available on-line here.
Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies for Human Health (Springer, 2006) − also here.

The Rough Guide to Climate Change (Rough Guides, 2nd edition, 2008) [at]