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Climate change & environment

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A 2020 Low Carbon Economy Work Foundation 2010
This paper considers the potential for the low carbon economy to form
a major part of a future knowledge-based economy.

Assessing the costs of adaptation to climate change: A critique of the UNFCCC estimates IIED, 2009
Report finds that estimates for the costs of adapting to climate change under-estimate the likely true costs.

Climate calendar: The UK’s unjust contribution to global climate change World Development Movement, 2007
The climate calendar is a new way to look at the issue of climate change; who is responsible for it and thus who must take the lead in delivering the solution - in just eight days, the average UK citizen produces as much CO2 as the average person in one of the poorest countries will produce in a year. It takes only 40 days for the UK to produce as much CO2 per person as India will in a year.

Gordon Brown


Climate Change and Gender Justice Practical Action & Oxfam, 2009
Collection of papers analysing the interactions between gender relations and climate change.

The Climate Debt Crisis: Why paying our dues is essential for tackling climate change Jubilee Debt Campaign, 2009
Report criticises the policy of promoting the World Bank as the main hub of climate finance which it distributes as loans. Calls for the finance to be in the form of grants disbursed through the UN.

Climate frontlines UNESCO, 2009
Brochure summarising the impact of climate change on island, rural and indigenous peoples’ communities

Climate negotiations and development: How can low-income countries gain from a Climate Negotiation Framework Agreement? Overseas Development Institute, 2009

Chinadependance New Economics Foundation, 2007
Elaborates on the increasing burden in terms of resource consumption that our lifestyles exert on the fields, forests, rivers, seas and mines of the rest of the world, focusing on the UK's dependance on China in particular.

Community-based adaptation to climate change IIED, 2009
Focuses on recent approaches to climate change adaptation which are community-based and participatory, building on the priorities, knowledge, and capacities of local people.

COP15 for journalists: a guide to the UN climate change summit IIED, 2009
Explains key processes, major actions to be agreed and possible outcomes.

Critical list: the 100 nations most vulnerable to climate change IIED, 2007
Short briefing.


Dried Up, Sold Out: How the World Bank's Push for Private Water Harms the Poor Food & Water Watch, 2009
The World Bank and other international financial institutions and governments have been promoting private control and ownership of water services. They claim this will lead to greater efficiency, improved management and more investment. This report shows that increased private sector participation has not made up for reduced public investment in water systems in the Majority World. As a result, people there have had to make do with less or no water..

The Ecological Wealth of Nations Global Footprint Network, 2010
Update on the extent to which humanity is overshooting the Earth's ability to produce resources and process waste.

Ecological Footprint Atlas Global Footprint Network, 2008
The Atlas explains the purpose and methodology behind Ecological Footprint and summarises ecological resource demand and supply around the world.

Green New Deal Green New Deal Group, 2008
Joined-up policies to solve the triple crunch of the credit crisis, climate change and high oil prices.

Hiding behind the poor Greenpeace India, 2007
Report on the need for India to look at the widely different levels of greenhouse gas emissions from the different socio-economic groups in its efforts to decarbonise its development in a context of social justice.

Human tide: the real migration crisis Christian Aid, 2007
Report fleshes out one aspect of the 'perfect storm' scenario – climate change and competition for scarce, and expensive, resources exacerbates conflict and forces migration.

Fighting climate change: human solidarity in a divided world Human Development Report, 2007-08 UNDP
Overview of development indicators with a focus on impact of climate change.

Global Water Security - an engineering perspective Royal Academy of Engineering 2010
Looks at the challenge of managing the UK water cycle, setting it in a global context. Very good at exploring the impact of importing embedded water in products from Majority World countries.

Global Biodiversity Outlook Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity 2010

Evaluation of loss of biodiversity and the implications for moderating the scale of climate change and the functioning of the ecosystems on which we depend for food and fresh water, health and recreation and protection from natural disasters.

Guide on Climate Change & Indigenous Peoples Tebtebba, 2009
Report looks at impact of climate change on indigenous peoples and examples of adaptation and mitigation.

Natural resilience: healthy ecosystems as climate shock insurance International Institute for Environment and Development, 2009
Short briefing paper that calls on policy makers to recognise that healthy, biodiverse environments play a vital role in maintaining and increasing people’s resilience to climate change, and in reducing climate-related risk and vulnerability.

Other Worlds are Possible: Human progress in an age of climate change  Working Group on Climate Change and Development, 2009
Report describes how the costs and benefits of global economic growth have been very unfairly distributed and calls for new economic approaches to international development which are more in tune with the needs of people and the planet.

People-Centred Resilience: Working with vulnerable farmers towards climate change adaptation and food security Oxfam, 2009
Recommendations for supporting vulnerable farmers and pastoralists achieve food security.

Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization Earth Policy Institute, 2009
Calls for a worldwide mobilisation to stabilise population and climate before they spiral out of control – released annually with updated numbers on population, climate and other ecological factors.

The Greenhouse Development Rights Framework: The Right to Development in a Climate Constrained World Heinrich Böll Foundation, 2008
An excellent analysis of the case for the kind of climate justice that did not emerge from COP15.

Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change HM Treasury, 2006
Assessment of the impact of climate change.

Taking Stock of Tuna Greenpeace, 2009
Tuna stocks globally are coming under pressure, suffering from overfishing and in some cases reaching the point of collapse.

The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity: Climate Issues Update TEEB, 2009
Report describes in economic terms the fundamental links between eliminating poverty and conserving biodiversity and ecosystems and the threats posed by climate change.

An Uncertain Future: law enforcement, national security and climate change Oxford Research Group, 2008
Report on the knock-on security impacts - civil unrest, intercommunal violence, and international instability - which will result from the 'perfect storm'.

The Up in Smoke reports: a summary Working Group on Climate Change and Development, 2008
Highlights some of the main findings from five years of work by the Up in Smoke coalition. Their conclusions reveal the threat from global warming to reverse progress in human development and render the Millennium Development Goals unachievable.

Water in a Changing World Unesco/Earthscan 2009
The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the state of the world’s fresh- water resources. It gives a holistic approach to links between water and climate change, food, energy, health and human security – issues addressed in the Millennium Development Goals – and outlines a blueprint if we are to avoid a global catastrophe.

zerocarbonbritain2030 Centre for Alternative Technology, 2010
Report provides political and economic solutions to the urgent challenges raised by the climate science, outlining how we can transform the UK into an efficient, clean, prosperous zero-carbon society. Covering energy, transport, land use, the built environment and industry, each chapter of the report has been written by bringing together the UK’s leading thinkers in their field including policy makers, scientists, academics, industry and NGOs.


Climate Frontlines is a forum which strengthens the voice of small island, rural and indigenous communities which are already facing the first impacts of climate change.


Convention on Biological Diversity resources relating to the Global Biodiversity 3 report. KS4+


Earthwatch Institute encourages scientific understanding of sustainability. Resources include an excellent set of materials on impact, mitigation and adaptation to climate change for KS4+.

Friends of the Earth defends the environment and champions a more healthy and just world. Current campaigns include climate change and a sustainable food chain.

Global Footprint Network
Promotes the use of the Ecological Footprint - a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what - in order to help create a one-planet future.

Greenhouse Development Rights is a project of EcoEquity and the Stockholm Environment Institute. It aims to achieve global carbon emissions reduction while preserving the right of all people to reach a dignified level of sustainable development.


credit: Greenpeace/Christian Aslund

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment. Current campaigns include sustainable agriculture and protecting forests and oceans.

International Institute for Environment and Development is a research organisation which works with some of the world's most vulnerable people to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them. Has an extensive archive of briefing papers.


Living With Environmental Change is a partnership of organisations funding, undertaking and using environmental research, including the Research Councils, government departments, devolved administrations and delivery agencies. Its activities will help to make better predictions and analysis of environmental change so that we can adapt and become more resilient, as well as helping people to mitigate or avoid the worst impacts as our environment is altered.