issue 319 - December 1999
The following groups work on issues related to climate change:
National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA)
PO Box 109-695, Newmarket, Auckland.
Tel: +64 9 375 2090.
Fax: +64 09 375 2051.
Friends of the Earth
134 Broadway, NSW 2007.
Tel: +61 2 9283 2004.
GPO Box 3307
Sydney NSW 2000
phone: +61 2 9263 0313
fax: +61 2 9261 4588
Australian Conservation Foundation and Climate Action Network Australia
- a loose coalition of groups that deal with climate change.
Contact details for both the ACF and CANA is:
phone: +61 2 6247 2472
Canonbury Villas, London N1 2PN.
Tel: +44 171 865 8100.
Fax: +44 171 865 8200.
Friends of the Earth UK
Energy Campaign, 26-28 Underwood Street, London N1 7JQ.
Tel: +44 171 490 1555.
Fax: +44 171 490 0881.
St John’s Studio, Church Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2QA.
Tel: +44 181 948 5322.
Fax: +44 181 948 7410.
Seeks to establish a global solar-energy consumer alliance and to broker investments in solar companies by financial institutions.
250 Dundas St W, Suite 605, Toronto, Ont. M5T 2Z5.
Tel: +1 416 597 8408.
Fax: +1 416 597 8422.
The Sierra Club
Suite 412, 1 Nicholas St, Ottawa, Ont.
Tel: +1 888 810 4204.
Fax: +1 613 241 2292.
Co-ordinates the Canadian Climate Action Network of over a hundred groups.
The Pembina Institute
124 O’Conner St, Suite 505, Ottawa,
Ont. K1P 5M9.
Tel: +1 613 235 6288.
Fax: +1 613 235 8118.
Specializes in energy and air issues. Their climate solutions website is at www.climatechangesolutions.com
David Suzuki Foundation - Climate Change Reports
Suite 219, 2211 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
BC V6K 4S2
Tel: +1 604 732-4228.
Fax: +1 604 732-0752.
E-mail: Climate Action Team: email@example.com
To raise awareness and promote solutions to global warming, the foundation has developed the "Climate of Change" report series, expertly written and peer reviewed.
Tarun Bharat Sangh
Bheekampura Kishori, via Thane ka Gazi, Alwar 301 002, Rajasthan.
A non-governmental organization assisting Indian farmers on water harvesting and other projects.
1436 U Street NW, Washington DC 20009.
Tel: +1 202 462 1177.
US Climate Action Network
1367 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036.
Tel:+1 202 785 8702.
Fax: +1 202 785 8701.
The US branch of a worldwide network which works to inform and influence US and international policies.
Boycottbushs' website has been set up to allow individuals to influence the global politics of climate change.
Forest Stewardship Council
Avenida Hidalgo 502, 68000 Oaxaca, Mexico.
Promotes better management of forests and certifies timber that comes from sustainable ones.
Keizersgracht 176, 1016 DW Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Tel: +31 20 523 6222.
Fax: +31 20 523 6200.
Active in pressuring governments and industry to shift from dirty energy to renewables. A good source of documentation on climate change at the poles, coral reefs and carbon budgets.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change can be contacted via:
The IPCC Secretariat
World Meteorological Organization Building, 7 bis Avenue de la Paix, CP 2300, CH-211 Geneva 2, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 22 730 8208.
Fax: +41 22 730 8025.
The EarthAction Network consists of citizen groups in more than 150 countries and campaigns on a wide range of environmental issues.
In Britain contact: EarthAction,
17 The Green, Wye, Kent TN25 5AJ.
Tel: +44 1233 813 796.
Fax: +44 1233 813 795.
In the US contact: EarthAction,
30 Cottage Street, Amherst, MA 01002.
Tel:+1 413 549 8118.
Fax: +1 413 549 0544.
See also US Climate Action Network above.
Just a handful of the wide variety of climate-related sites on the net – in addition to the ones mentioned above.
www.seen.org/ – The Sustainable Energy and Economy Network's exhaustive reports and online database on the World Bank's and other sources of taxpayer-backed [or public] funding of fossil-fuel projects around the world.
www.heatisonline.org – Drawing on Ross Gelbspan’s book (see Worth Reading below), with up-to-the-minute updates on extreme weather worldwide. Excellent.
www.met-office.gov.uk/sec5/sec5pg1.html – The home page of the British Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research. Authoritative information on the future impacts of climate change.
www.cru.uea.ac.uk/link – A massive warren of original research, news stories from international sources and links created by the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia.
www.wmo.ch – Home page of the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization.
coral.aoml.noaa.gov/icri/gcrma.html – Home page of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, the research arm of the International Coral Reef Initiative.
www2.open.ac.uk/Ecology/J_Baker/JBtxt.htm – Home page of the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force/
For an informed and impassioned account of the politics and the science of climate change, look no further than Ross Gelbspan’s The Heat is On (Perseus Books, 1998). The Carbon War by Jeremy Leggett (Allen Lane/The Penguin Press, 1999) is a blow-by-blow account of the machinations of the fossil-fuel giants. Contributor David Keys’ Catastrophe (Century, 1999) provides a fascinating reconstruction of how climatic disaster in the Dark Ages changed the political face of the world. Factor Four by Ernst von Weizsäcker, Amory B Lovins and L Hunter Lovins (Earthscan, 1998) is jam-packed with reader-friendly information on energy-efficient technologies. The March/April 1999 special edition of the journal The Ecologist covers all aspects of the climate crisis and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ 1999 edition of World Disasters Report offers an in-depth analysis of last year’s natural catastrophes. Greenpeace’s booklet Answers from the Ice Edge provides a good insight into how all-embracing climate change can be – in the Arctic in this case. Finally an excellent teaching pack from Canada, including a video on renewable energy options – Climate Change: Awareness and Action by Dave Mussell, Juleta Severson-Baker and Tracey Diggins (Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development, 1999).