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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Provides observed climatological datasets, socio-economic scenario information, results from global climate model experiments and guidance material for assessing the impacts of climate change.


Ain Shams Photoenergy Center.
The objective of the Center to is to help achieve sustainable industrial development. Hosted the 6th International Conference on Solar Energy and Applied Photochemistry in April 2001.

American Geophysical Union.
An international scientific society with more than 35,000 members in over 115 countries. Aims to advance the understanding of Earth and its environment in space and make the results available to the public. Hosts meetings that deal with, among other things, global change issues.

American Meteorological Society.
Promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. Publishes nine journals and sponsors more than 12 conferences annually, many pertaining to global change issues.

Arctic Council.
Provides a mechanism to address the common concerns and challenges faced by nations in the arctic region. Focuses on protection of the arctic environment and sustainable development as a means of improving the well-being of the north. Is performing an arctic climate impact assessment.

Center for International Earth Science Information Network.
Provides information to help scientists, decisionmakers and the public better understand a changing world. Has interactive applications, metadata and data resources, information systems and discussion lists.

An international research programme investigating climate variability and predictibility on time scales from months to decades and on the response of the climate system to anthropogenic forcing. Has links to news and other publications, educational materials and a conference calendar.

Convention on Biological Diversity.
Objectives are "the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. Has a link to a Climate Change and Biodiversity Web Site.

Department of Energy (U.S.).
Mission is, among other things, to foster a secure and reliable energy system that is environmentally and economically sustainable. Has information on climate change. In particular, see the Energy and Environmental Quality page at

Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Environment.
From the Atmosphere, Climate and Environment Information Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Loaded with information on climate change, ozone depletion and sustainability for the general public. Has links to other sites and recommendations for further reading.

Environmental Defense.
A leading U.S. nonprofit organization representing more than 300,000 members. Aims to link science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to the most urgent environmental problems.

Environmental Protection Agency Global Change Research Program (U.S.).
Website designed to provide a portal through which scientists, resource managers and the public can access information on global change research. Has links to data, publications and models.

ERP Environment.
Committed to stimulating debate, encouraging critical analysis and furthering understanding in all areas relating to environmental policy, environmental management and sustainable development. Hosted the International Sustainable Development Research Conference in April 2001.

Food and Agriculture Organization.
An autonomous agency within the United Nations. Aims to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living worldwide. Has links to information regarding the impacts of climate change on agriculture.

Friends of the Earth International.
A federation of autonomous environmental organizations that campaign on urgent environmental social issues. Has links to information on global warming.

Global Change Data and Information System (U.S.).
A "gateway to global change data". Provides publications and links to global change datasets, both U.S. and international. Searchable database of links.

Global Policy Forum.
Global Policy Forum monitors global policymaking of the United Nations. This page has links to ongoing UN efforts for addressing environmental issues, including climate change.

Global Warming International Center.
An international body disseminating information on global warming science and policy, serving governmental and non-governmental organizations and industries. Hosted the 12th Global Warming International Conference and Expo: Kyoto Compliance Review in April 2001.

Greenpeace International.
Environmental activist organization. Has information on global change and events related to political action that aims at the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment.
Mission is to understand the human health consequences of global environmental change, and to promote a wider understanding of these consequences among physicians, scientists, policymakers, the media and the general public. Has publications and reports.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Jointly established by the World Meteorological Organizaton and the United Nations Environmental Programme, the IPCC aims to assess the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change. Publishes influential periodic reports.

International Emissions Trading Association.
A non-profit organization dedicated to the establishment of effective systems for trading in greenhouse gas emissions by businesses. Has information on the ramifications of the Kyoto Protocol and on different kinds of trading schemes.

International Energy Agency.
Deals mainly with oil-supply issues, but has also become involved in the integration of environmental and energy policies. Has information on the Kyoto Protocol, emissions trading and carbon dioxide sequestration.

International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme.
An interdisciplinary organization established and sponsored by the International Council for Science. Aims to describe and understand the interactive physical, chemical and biological processes that regulate the total Earth system, the unique environment that it provides for life, the changes that are occurring in this system, and the manner in which they are influenced by human actions. Has links to publications and information on conferences. Of particular interest is the PAGES paleoclimatology site at

International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change.
Aims to answer questions regarding the nature and effect of human actions on global environmental change and what actions might be taken to mitigate any effects. Has links to reports, a conference calendar and publications.

International Institute for Advanced Systems Analysis.
A nongovernmental research organization that conducts interdisciplinary studies on environmental, economic, technological and social issues in the context of human dimensions of global change. Has links to research reports and other publications.

International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Advances policy recommendations on sustainable development issues, including climate change. Has links to reports, a "gateway" to on-line information and a calendar of events.

Johns Hopkins Program on Health Effects of Global Environmental Change.
Dedicated to the scientific discovery and application of new knowledge pertaining to the human health risks posed by global-wide environmental degradation and climatic change.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
Mission is to understand how planet Earth works, in all of its physical manifestations. Has links to solid earth and climate systems research reports and data repositories.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Global Change Science.
Seeks to utilize theory and observations to understand the basic processes and mechanisms controlling the global environment and accurately predict environmental change. Focuses on atmospheric science and oceanography. Links to reports.

Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
The home page for the Protocol, which seeks to control emissions of substances that deplete the ozone layer. Has information on the Protocol, state of ratification, reports and press releases.

NASA Earth Observatory.
Aims to make available to the public new satellite imagery and scientific information on the Earth, in particular with regard to climate and environmental change.

NASA Earth Science Enterprise.
Dedicated to understanding the total Earth system and the effects of humans on the global environment. Has links to information on earth system science, educational materials and research reports.

NASA Global Change Master Directory.
A searchable comprehensive directory of data sets of relevance to global change research. Includes descriptions of data sets covering climate change, agriculture, the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and oceans, geology, geography and human dimensions of climate change.

National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.).
Mission is to plan, organize, and conduct atmospheric and related research programs in collaboration with universities and other institutions, to provide state-of-the-art research tools and facilities to the atmospheric sciences community, to support and enhance university atmospheric science education, and to facilitate the transfer of technology to both the public and private sectors. Has links to reports, modeling results and climate model source code.

National Climatic Data Center (U.S.).
Bills itself as the world's largest archive of weather data. Searchable database of satellite, climate and radar data. Fee for most products.

National Council for Science and the Environment (U.S.).
Mission is to improve the scientific basis for making decisions on environmental issues. Has link to a "Global Change Briefing Book" written for U.S. Congressmen.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.).
Responsible for all U.S. weather and climate forecasting, monitoring and archiving of ocean and atmospheric data, management of marine fisheries and mammals, mapping and charting of all U.S. waters, coastal zone management, and research and development in all of these areas. Sub-sites include the Climate Prediction Center, Climate Diagnostics Center and Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory

Natural Resources Defense Council.
Uses law, science, and the support of more than 400,000 members nationwide to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Has links to information on global warming.

Pace University School of Law Energy Project Global Warming Project.
"The source for information on the global warming debate." Has links to coverage of the conferences dealing with international climate change law.

Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security.
An independent, non-profit center created in 1987 to conduct research and policy analysis in the areas of environment, sustainable development, and international security. Has links to useful climate change bibliographies and other online resources.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
A non-profit organization that works closely with the business community and is dedicated to providing information and solutions in the effort to address global climate change. Has links to news reports and press releases.

Royal Meteorological Society (U.K.).
National society for all those whose profession or interests are in any way connected with meteorology or related subjects, to include such disciplines such as agriculture, aviation, hydrology, marine transport and oceanography, as well as in the areas of climatology, climate change and the interaction between the atmosphere and the oceans. Publishes several journals and hosts conferences.

Sierra Club.
Mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth, to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources, to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment, and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. Has links to its Global Warming Campaign, with information and reports on political actions related to global warming.

Sustain 2001: The World Sustainable Energy Exhibition and Conference.
The world's largest clean energy forum, hold in May 2001 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

U.S. Global Change Research Information Office.
Provides access to data and information on global environmental change research, adaptation/mitigation strategies and technologies, and global change related educational resources on behalf of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Has publications and data.

U.S. Global Change Research Program.
Seeks to address a number of key issues regarding the natural variability of and human influences on the global climate system, including atmospheric chemistry, biogeochemistry of ecosystems, carbon cycle science and human dimensions of climate change. Publishes assessments and press releases.

United Nations Development Program Energy and Atmosphere Programme.
Created in 1994 with the objective of focusing UNDP-supported activities in the field of energy, linking energy and environment, energy and socio-economic development, as well as looking at how energy and atmospheric pollution issues relate. Has information on climate change and summaries of recent publications.

United Nations Environment Program.
Mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. Has links to information on environmental legal instruments and secretariats, as well as publications and press releases.

United Nations Environment Program Ozone Secretariat.
The governing body for the Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol. Has general information about ozone treaties and reports and publications.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Hosts the Secretariat for the UNFCCC, as well as providing information for parties to the Convention. Makes available the full text of the Convention and Kyoto Protocol.

United States Department of Agriculture Global Change Program Office.
Contains information on the effects of climate change on agriculture and forestry. Has fact sheets and links to publications and other sites.

World Bank.
The World Bank is the world's largest source of development assistance, providing nearly $16 billion in loans annually to its client countries. Aims to help each developing country onto a path of stable, sustainable, and equitable growth in the fight against poverty. Has links to information on energy and environment sector management.

World Climate Research Programme.
Established in 1980 under the joint sponsorship of International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The objectives of the programme are to develop the fundamental scientific understanding of the physical climate system and climate processes needed to determine to what extent climate can be predicted and the extent of man's influence on climate. Has links to publications and information on major projects and meetings.

World Conservation Union.
Mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. Has links to information on climate change, environmental law and sustainable use.

World Energy Assessment.
Part of the United Nations Development Program Energy and Atmosphere Program. Seeks to provide an evaluation of the social, economic, environmental and security issues linked to energy, and the compatibility of different energy options with sustainable development.

World Meteorological Organization.
Coordinates global scientific activity to allow increasingly prompt and accurate weather information and other services for public, private and commercial use, in particular with regard to weather prediction, air pollution research, climate change related activities, ozone layer depletion studies and tropical storm forecasting. Has links to publications and information on meetings.

World Rainforest Movement.
An international network of citizens' groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests. Published the "Mount Tamalpais Declaration", urging governments to not include tree plantations as carbon sinks in the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. Has links to publications and press releases.

World Resources Institute.
Provides information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental problems. Has information on climate change, in particular on the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism and the impacts of climate change on agriculture.

Worldwatch Institute.
Worldwatch is a nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems. Issues the annual State of the World report. Has press releases.

World Wildlife Fund International.
The world's largest independent conservation organization. Its mission is to protect nature and biological diversity. Has information on its climate change campaign.


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online layout and updated by: Anna Kan, Elmar Uherek, ESPERE 2004
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