Tiempo Climate Newswatch



Featured sites

The Blue Carbon Portal brings together the latest knowledge and resources on the role of oceans as carbon sinks.

WalkIt provides walking routes between user-defined points in selected British cities, with an estimate of the carbon savings.

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

And finally,

The CoolClimate Art Contest presents iconic images that address the impact of climate change.

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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.


James S Pender "Very little has yet been written on the impacts of climate change on minorities, be they religious, ethnic, linguistic or caste, so perhaps the adaptation community could still be termed "colour-blind" in its approaches"

In Remembering Minorities in Climate Action, James S Pender argues that minorities warrant greater consideration in local, national and international responses to the climate threat.

In Cancún Sets Important Adaptation Processes into Motion, Sven Harmeling argues that, as far as adaptation is concerned, the Cancún Climate Summit was a small step in the right direction.

In Cyclone Sidr: What Have We Learnt?, Md Nadiruzzaman argues that we need to learn from past experience of the impact of natural hazards if we are to deal effectively with these events in the future.

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Bimal Regmi

Bimal Regmi (left) and Ramu Subedi consider the lessons of the National Adaptation Programme of Action process in Nepal and the role of local and community-based planning.

Ben Twinomugisha describes small-scale farmers' livelihoods and food security strategies in Uganda.

Timothy Singer and Matthew Basinger present key findings and lessons from a survey of jatropha farmers in Koulikoro, Mali.

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Short reports

Roopa Rakshit Roopa Rakshit shares the outcomes and take-home messages that emerged during discussions at a Bangkok seminar on linking disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Sarah Granich and Mick Kelly report on the lead-up to the Cancún climate summit and on its outcome.

Abhishek Shrestha reports on the role of Nepalese youth in climate change activities.

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Recent e-publications

Rolling Easements

Rolling Easements, from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, argues that future development of some low-lying coastal lands must be based on the premise that eventually the land must give way to the rising sea. Published June 2011

Abiotic Disturbances and Their Influence on Forest Health, from the Food and Agriculture Organization, warns that extreme weather events and natural disasters will pose an increasing threat to the world's forests in coming years, requiring heightened cooperation between regions and countries. Published August 2011

Mitigating Climate Change through Restoration and Management of Coastal Wetlands and Near-Shore Marine Ecosystems, from the World Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and ESA PWA, underlines the importance of coastal wetland and near-shore marine ecosystem carbon pools for climate change mitigation. Published April 2011

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The Final Word

Sunita Narain "So what does Cancún do? It mouths some platitudes that the industrialized countries will scale up their mitigation efforts but does not specify a target."

In Whose Prize? Sunita Narain argues that the Cancún outcome favours only the rich.

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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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Tiempo Climate Newswatch
Updated: April 12th 2013