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Climate Change and the Environment

General Environmental Resources

Envirolink Network - The EnviroLink Network is a non-profit organization which has been providing access to thousands of online environmental resources since 1991.

Environmental News Service - The Environment News Service is the original daily international wire service of the environment. The Environment News Service (ENS) exists to present late-breaking environmental news in a fair and balanced manner. ENS news reports are indexed by Reuters/Dow Jones Factiva, and KeepMedia. Hundreds of websites feature ENS headlines and story briefs. Established in 1990 by Editor-in-Chief Sunny Lewis and Managing Editor Jim Crabtree, it is independently owned and operated.

World Resources Institute - World Resources Institute is an environmental think tank whose focus is to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives. WRI was launched June 3, 1982 as a center for policy research and analysis addressed to global resource and environmental issues.

WWW Virtual Library—Environment - The WWW Virtual Library—Environment, is a searchable index of over 1,000 sources arranged alphabetically and by category.


Climate Change

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Union of Concerned Scientists - The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty—the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—to begin to consider what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable. More recently, a number of nations approved an addition to the treaty: the Kyoto Protocol, which has more powerful (and legally binding) measures. The UNFCCC secretariat supports all institutions involved in the climate change process, particularly the COP, the subsidiary bodies and their Bureau. This section of their Web site contains numerous resources—for beginners or experts—such as introductory and in-depth publications, the official UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol texts and a search engine to the UNFCCC library.


Biodiversity

Convention on Biological Diversity - Signed by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. Conceived as a practical tool for translating the principles of Agenda 21 into reality, the Convention recognizes that biological diversity is about more than plants, animals and micro organisms and their ecosystems—it is about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live.

Natural Resources Defense Council - NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. NRDC lawyers helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws. Today, their staff of more than 300 lawyers, scientists and policy experts work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. The Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.

World Conservation Monitoring Center - The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme, the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization, and WCMC 2000, a UK-based charity. Their mission is to evaluate and highlight the many values of biodiversity and put authoritative biodiversity knowledge at the centre of decision-making.

World Conservation Union - IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network—a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 experts in more than 160 countries. IUCN has one of the world’s most comprehensive ranges of authoritative publications, reports, guidelines and databases for conservation and sustainable development.