Climate change is the greatest challenge facing the world today. Long-term development planning must now include measures to deal with it.
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Biopact is a non-profit volunteer organisation connecting African and European citizens. It seeks to establish a 'mutually beneficial' biofuel and bioenergy relationship between the two continents. The group is web-based, and provides consulting services for a number of initiatives, including various bioenergy projects in the South.
Some of Biopact's ongoing projects include compiling an 'atlas' of biofuel production for use in estimating production factors, and exploiting Nica fruticans, a potential Nigerian biofuel crop.
This website, from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, provides information on the co-benefits of mitigating climate change. Issues covered include carbon storage, biodiversity, ecosystem services, protected areas and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).
The Climate Institute is a nongovernmental organisation dedicated to informing key decision makers of climate change, and identifying practical ways to reduce emissions, in both the developed and developing world. It publishes and links to reliable background information on climate change, energy and the environment, and provides other resources such as maps, games and educational material.
The health gateway of the Climate Institute, which aims to help policymakers tackle climate change, has detailed notes on the resurgence of infectious diseases through global warming. These include vector-borne diseases spread through mosquitoes, ticks, triatomine bugs, sandflies and blackflies. It also looks at rodent-borne diseases, which are also set to increase as the climate changes — increased heavy rainfall can drive rodents out of their burrows and climate change is set to alter human migration patterns which could bring people into closer contact with rodents.
The Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) was established in June 2008 to provide accessible funding for projects that avoid deforestation and contribute to poverty alleviation in the Congo Basin. This multi-donor fund is run by a governing council supported by a secretariat based at the African Development Bank. The website provides reasons for establishing the fund, its proposal process and an overview of projects that have received funding.
FOEI disputes that genetically modified crops are safe and argues that genetic engineering is unsustainable. It claims to be the 'largest grassroots environmental network' in the world, with 1.5 million members. Its website on genetically modified organisms contains campaign materials and meeting reports on biosafety, hunger and food aid, contamination and corporate control. Group activity notices and a set of frequently asked questions are also provided.
Grameen Shakti is a renewable energy company in Bangladesh focused on distributing solar home systems in rural areas. It installs, maintains and provides microfinance for solar home systems and trains solar engineers. Its website includes information about individual programmes, links to its research and publications, and photographs and videos of its activities.
This partnership of government and non-government organisations, researchers, international bodies and the private sector has a much-called for goal: to increase cooperation between organisations involved different sectors such as health, climate, humanitarian assistance, ecosystems, research and operational services.
The partners collaborate on regional projects to increase capacity within the medical and environmental science communities; use rural communication networks to provide information to remote communities; and enhance the capacity of public-health services to predict and respond quickly to cholera, malaria, meningitis and other climate-sensitive diseases.
The International Council for Science (ICSU) aims to protect the rights of scientists by working at the crossroads of the right to science and the protection of science as a right. ICSU's work, particularly through the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science, promotes human rights-based approaches to climate change research, and social and environmental well-being. The ICSU website contains a collection of key international charters and declarations relevant to human rights and science.
Lighting Africa, an initiative of the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank, supports the private sector to develop and sustain markets for affordable, clean and efficient lighting and energy through off-grid technologies — including solar systems — in Sub-Saharan Africa. It provides information on business opportunities and projects, publishes news about its activities and links to relevant events.
The Pew Center is a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organisation in the United States, dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. Established in 1998 by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Center aims to educate the public and key policy makers about the causes and potential consequences of climate change, particularly through publishing reports on environmental impacts, economics and policy issues.
SPRERI, based in Anand, India, was established in 1979. The institute aims to be a centre of excellence for renewable energies development, and promotes the use of renewables across the country.
The Solar Electric Light Fund designs and implements solar energy solutions to improve health, education, agriculture and economic growth in the developing world. It publishes information about all its projects and services — including consultancy and carbon offsetting — and links to various tools such as carbon calculators and solar training courses. It also publishes a regular blog and newsletter.
SolarAid is an international charity that funds solar projects, training local communities to build small solar devices such as solar radios or lanterns and installing small solar systems for communal buildings such as medical clinics and schools. Its website publishes information on both the charity and all its projects across the developing world. It also provides information on how to make a donation or volunteer.
The Stockholm Environment Institute is an international not-for-profit research organisation that aims to promote sustainable development through scientific analysis that supports decision-making on the national and international level. It focuses on four broad themes: reducing climate risks; managing land, water and air resources; improving governance; and developing new visions and pathways to development. The website provides free access to the institute's publications, describes current projects and links to useful modelling or policy tools such as LEAP (the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning system) and IPAT-S.
The Ashden Awards for sustainable energy promotes sustainable energy solutions in the United Kingdom and developing world by awarding an annual prize to innovative projects working in the field. It publishes background information on relevant technologies including bio-gas, micro-hydro, solar, wind and wood stoves. It also hosts a library of photographs, films and case studies of all its winners since 2001. The website also includes news, research, reports, school resources and information on how to apply for an award.
The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) connects researchers and organisations, in more than 100 countries, working in solar energy technology. It publishes news about ISES conferences and events and information on all its scientific and technical projects. The ISES website also hosts an online bookshop selling books, conference proceedings and DVDs on relevant topics.