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Recommended Climate Change Websites

These links have been selected meeting high standards of reliability on their topics. However, UNESCO cannot take any responsibility for their content. Links are grouped by topics alphabetically.


    • IUCN Climate (More)
    • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Biodiversity and climate change (More)
    • Convention on Biological Diversity, including news from the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change (More)


    Capacity building

    • IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme (IPCC)
    • UNDP's Bali Action Plan. Capacity development for policy makers (More)
    • UNEP's Climate Neutral Network (CNNet)
    • CRiSTAL: Community-based Risk Screening Tool - Adaptation and Livelihoods (CRiSTAL)
    • Consortium for Capacity Building—climate, water, weather, society—at the University of Colorado, Boulder (More)

    • The UNITAR Climate Change Programme aims to enhance the capacity of government and civil society representatives in the developing world to improve their participation in the UNFCCC process (More


    Disaster Risk Reduction

    • International Strategy for Disaster Reduction addressing climate change (More)  
    • UNESCO’s Natural Disaster Reduction Section (More)


    • Climate change education portal. University of California, Berkely (More
    • CarboSchools is an EU programme in which carbon science researchers and secondary school teachers invite young people to learn about local and global impacts of climate change, explore scientific research on the topic and act locally to reduce emissions of greenhous gases. UNESCO is involved in this promising example of collaboration between practicing scientists and secondary education. This is a highly recommended multilingual programme currently only Europe-based. (More)
    • CarboSchools students at Ridgeway School in Plymouth, UK in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory and European Project on OCean Acidification (EPOCA) have created a delightful video to explain “The Other CO2 Problem”.  To watch it, click here (More)

    • Climate change and urban children.  International Institute for Environment and Development. (More)
    • National Center for Atmospheric Research Online Education provides “Climate Discovery” training for primary and secondary level teachers. (More)

    • The Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (More)



    • Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change (UK) (More)
    • UNEP's Green Economy Initiative (More)
    • US Congressional Business Office "Policy options for reducing CO2 emissions" (More)



    • Environmental Ethics from the Center for Environmental Philosophy, University of North Texas (More)
    • International Conference on Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability (More)
    • Oxford University's Forced Migration Review special issue FMR31 on Climate Change and Displacement (More)


    Food security

    • International Food Policy Research Institute (More)



    • ISDR's Gender Perspectives: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Climate Change Adaptation - 2008. Good Practices and Lessons Learned (More)
    • Women's Environment & Development Organisation: gender and climate change (More)
    • UNDP Resource Guide on Gender and Climate Change (More)

     Grant and fellowship opportunities

    • Cooperative project on mitigation of and adaptation to climate change in sustainable forest management in Ibero America (More)
    • START (the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training) programmes include the African Climate Change Fellowship Program and START Grants for Global Environmental Change Research in Africa (More)

    • Launching of The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) Global Prize for best coverage of climate change issues (More)



    • Society for Environmental Journalists - climate change guide (More)
    • Climate change media partnership (More)


    REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation)


    • An interactive web-based course introduces climate change and REDD. The course, provided by Conservation on Line, a consortium of international conservation organizations, is free (but you have to log in) (More)
    • The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (More)

    • Conservation on Line also has additional training materials (More)

    • SciDev.net climate change and energy:  reducing forest emissions (More)

    • Policy briefs on REDD and soil carbon from The Terrestrial Carbon Group (More)



    • World Climate Research Programme (sponsored in part by UNESCO/IOC) (More)
    • Global Climate Observing System (sponsored in part by UNESCO/IOC) (More)
    • The National Academies (USA) "Understanding and Responding to Climate Change" 2008 Edition (More

    • Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia Earth Institute (More)
    • International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia Earth Institute (More)
    • NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (USA) (More)
    • The Met Office Hadley Centre (UK) (More)
    • World Resources Institute (More)
    • The Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) film on ocean acidification, ACID TEST, is now available to view (More)
    • UNDP and the School of Geography and Environment at Oxford University country-level studies of climate observations and multi-model projections for 52 developing countries, including maps and diagrams illustrating observed and projected climates and narrative summaries (More)
    • Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (co-sponsored by UNESCO, and part of the World Climate Research Programme) (More)
    • Geoengineering the Climate System:  A Policy Statement of the American Meteorological Society (More)

    • Comprehensive  climate data portal:  Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC) (More)



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