Our Monthly Top Rated Sites April, 2017
A proactive grassroots nonprofit group that organizes local demonstrations promoting climate change legislation and environmental initiatives in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia. For the past 15 years, CCAN members and staff often have a distinct presence at rallies; they practice civil-disobedience and at times members have been arrested. They have promoted offshore wind for the city of Baltimore, anti-fracking legislation in Maryland, energy efficiency, and opposed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, among other issues. CCAN started in 2002 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and since then they’ve built a strong network of like-minded groups. CCAN was instrumental in passing a Clean Cars bill in both Maryland and Washington, D.C., a bill promoting rooftop solar in Virginia, and landmark offshore wind power legislation in Maryland. Through litigation, CCAN has helped reduce mercury pollution from a coal plant in Wise County by 94 percent and forced the clean-up of three coal ash dump sites in Maryland. It has also helped pass a landmark moratorium bill on fracking, as well as one of the strongest statewide carbon caps in the country in Maryland. The CCAN website is lively, informative with headlined news about latest legislation, upcoming rallies, how to get involved and offers petitions to sign. You can access campaigns happening in each of its main areas of operation, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC
The cool thing about this site is it’s not only informative but highly educational. The interactive mapping portal lets you click on a coastal location to find out about a specific coastal resilience project. The site is a portal to the active Coastal Resilience program headed up by The Nature Conservancy; it looks at specific coastal areas and determines how and what exactly is at risk, such as communities, wild life, or sea life. Under the Tools tab is the Training sub-tab with video tutorials and an interactive e-learning page. Also here are “Try Me” videos that show you how to use specific apps used in certain Coastal Resilience programs. The site provides well researched data on coastal hazards, and on the region’s socio-economic status. These tools are must-haves for those planning and preparing for coastal hazards or who are creating programs of resilience and adaptation.
CIRCA is a useful partner to have on your side if you live or work in a city or town looking for ways to deal with climate change. As an arm of the University of Connecticut, CIRCA focuses on joining cutting edge research by experts, including those from the natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, finance, and law with communities along coastal and the inland floodplain in Connecticut and the Northeast. They have tapped the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) to match their research to the current regulations practiced by CTDEEP. CIRCA’s current research projects in on living shorelines are NOAA Coastal Resilience Networks: “Enhancing Coastal Resilience in Connecticut” (CREST) which gathers wave information for the harbors in Old Saybrook and New Haven, reviews design guidelines and tools for site assessment of living shorelines, and offers an online map viewer. Another CIRCA project is Scoping of Dredge Material Islands & Wetlands for Green Infrastructure Resiliency specifically along the Connecticut Shoreline in Fairfield and New Haven Counties. The goal is to provide design guidelines and a regulatory framework for creating wetlands from dredge materials in Connecticut to increase shoreline resiliency. A third is Advancing High Resolution Coastal Forecasting & Living Shorelines Approaches in the Northeast which has the goal of creating an on-line web- based map showing the impact of sea level rise over 100 years.
Peoples Climate Movement https://peoplesclimate.org/
Organizing en-masse to rally and protest has become second nature to many Americans. This has long been an effective activist tool of the Peoples Climate Movement who, in 2014 worked with numerous groups to spearhead the historic People’s Climate March on the eve of the UN Climate Summit. PCM’s efforts paid off with some 400,000 people marching through New York City streets, creating an emphatic presence and voice that urged immediate action be taken on the global climate crisis. The site is uncomplicated and easy to navigate: tabs include Home, History, Partners, Media and Donate. A good resource for upcoming marches; their home page headlines the upcoming march in Washington DC on April 29th 2017, billed as a march for jobs, justice and the climate. Join the March
CO2 Earth https://www.co2.earth/
If you’re into data, this site is for you. CO2 Earth shows the daily average values for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and compares that value to what it was a year ago. Data is gathered annually, monthly, weekly. There are Future Projections along with CO2 Past Data. Measurements come from two independent CO2 monitoring programs, NOAA and Scripps at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, about 3400 metres above sea level. Here at ClimateYou, we like this site for the breadth of data they supply, plus common explanations of data collection.
Public Finance International http://www.publicfinanceinternational.org/
Understanding the big picture of climate change means also knowing about global finances from as transparent source as possible, a source like Public Finance International. This is an excellent site to tap into and learn what’s key to the international financial picture via the news, major financial influences on international development, current fiscal databases. Tabs include Financial Management, Financial Reporting, Governance – with sub tabs of Ethics, Risk Management, Accountability), Global economy, Development, Organizations, region, News, Opinion, White Papers, Events, Jobs.
Climate Central was started in 2008 with seed money from The Flora Family Foundation and development funds from 11th Hour Project. An independent nonprofit organization, Climate Central is based in Princeton, New Jersey and has an office in Palo Alto, California.
Of their many impressive programs is “Climate Matters,” which is a known resource for meteorologists who report on the connection between weather and climate. The staff for Climate Matters includes data analysts, meteorologists, climate experts, graphic artists and journalists, who create graphics, text, animations, videos and research to help TV weather reporters use science-rooted climate information that’s easy to understand. A dedicated team produces localized data and analyses that pin points how climate is changing in specific markets by creating TV-ready graphics and multimedia content such as maps, interactive tools, severe weather trackers, temperature trend charts. The success of Climate Matters led to a partnership with Weather Company subsidiary WSI, which distributes our analyses to the majority of the nation’s TV weather forecasters.
Billed as one of the nation’s “leading environmental news website,” EcoWatch reports on a wide range of topics that include not only environmental news, green living, sustainable business, science and politics but also energy, climate, food, animals, business, adventure (check out “Join the sustainable tourism revolution) health. Their “Insights” is a blog that features known business and environmental spokespersons. They also feature a “Trump Watch.”
The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC)
Based at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the YPCCC is a research center conceived in 2005 to educate the general public about climate. The program is known for research on societal attitudes and perceptions on climate; the program has designed and tested new strategies in reaching out to the public about climate science and how to effectively engage audiences. YPCCC studies and research is often referenced in the news. The program is connected to the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and the Earth Day Network.
The program’s daily national radio program is called Yale Climate Connections and the site has new information that can be listened to, watched or read. Last October, YPCCC announced they were partnering with the Pulitzer Center is a new Campus Consortium Partnership that acts as a liaison between journalists reporting on climate change and leading researchers and students studying climate change communication and journalism.
One really great tab on their site is “Visualizations & Data” which has easy to read charts, maps and presentations. One recent example was a chart labeled “A Majority of Registered Voters Want Corporations and Citizens to Do More to Address Global Warming.” Their publications include public reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and Climate Notes.
Nature Climate Change
Nature Climate Change is the website for the Nature Climate Change journal which is published by Nature Publishing Group (NPG). The journal is published monthly on line and in hard copy. Articles focus on original, cutting-edge research in the physical and social sciences; the editors only look for high-quality original science. Their coverage includes the underlying causes of climate change, its impacts, and the wider implications for the economy, society and policy. Also there are editorials and opinions, correspondence, news and views, special news features and research highlights including such topics as “Policy institutions and forest carbon,” “El Niño and a record CO2 rise,” “Earth’s surface water change over the past 30 years.”
Climate Advisers are a Washington, DC-based consulting group specializing in keeping policy makers and government officials up to date on climate and energy, forests and lands, and sustainable development. They define themselves as “a mission-driven policy and politics shop working to deliver a strong low-carbon economy……specializing in U.S. climate change policy, international climate change cooperation, global carbon markets, and climate-related forest conservation.” The top two names of the dozen-person team are Nigel Purvis, former climate diplomat under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and Maria Belenky, a Senior Associate at Climate Advisers who writes and oversees the firm’s research and policy practice, including sustainable development, energy and climate policy, and tropical forest conservation. Their website offers new ideas on sustainable development, climate + energy, forward thinking policies and political strategies, among others.
Climate Change Communication
Part of George Mason University, the Center for Climate Communication has a diversified and updated site that offers information for the sole purpose of educating the public on climate change. They partner with government agencies, associations, and businesses in developing and testing their public engagement initiatives. Some of their research has included Climate Change in the American Mind, which is an audience research project with Yale’s Program on Climate Change Communication, which identified six distinct segments of the American public – known as Global Warming’s Six Americas. It developed tools to enable organizations to assess the Six Americas composition of their audience. Other programs listed on their website include “Climate Change in the American Mind,” “TV Weathercasters as Climate Educators” and “Program on Climate and Health.” All of these programs have links relative links to tools, reports, notes, articles, graphics maps and videos.
Our Monthly Top Rated Sites June 2016
Climate CoLab is a crowd-sourcing platform where people work with experts from all over the world to create, analyze, and select detailed proposals for addressing climate change. Climate CoLab was developed by the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence in 2009. CoLab was founded by Thomas Malone, professor in the MIT Sloan School of Management and director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. Throughout the year, CoLab seeks high-impact proposals on how people, organizations, and governments can combine to tackle major climate change challenges. Entries can win prizes up to$10,000, a chance to present at MIT, and also feed into larger climate action plans for countries and the world, which the community is developing this year. “The mission of the Climate CoLab is to test how crowds and experts can work together to solve large, complex problems, like climate change,” Malone says.
As of February 2016, more than 400,000 people from all over the world have visited the Climate CoLab site, nearly 50,000 have registered as members and over 1,500 proposals have been submitted. In 2015 CoLab sponsored 15 contests seeking topic-specific proposals on, for example, how to reduce emissions from electric power generation, or how towns can adapt to changes in the climate. Nearly 400 proposals were submitted, and winning proposals came from the US, India, Ghana, Austria, Chile and Kenya, among other countries.
Climatefeedback.org is well known among journalists as a reliable fact-checking resource. The site refers to itself as a Scientific Reference to Reliable Information on Climate Change and seeks to inform journalists and the general public what information is credible and what is not. Reviewing news stories are a community of scientists who read a variety of online media articles and provide ‘feedback’ on the scientific accuracy of the information in those articles. Particularly helpful to readers is that the site presents the scientists’ notes directly alongside the original texts so that readers can see exactly where the article’s information is consistent — or inconsistent — with scientific thinking and state-of-the-art knowledge in the field. Latest Feedbacks to check out: Analysis of Bjorn Lomborg’s “…in many ways global warming will be a good thing” and How To Find Out How Accurate Your Favorite News Site Is On Climate
Global Kids, Inc. is the premier nonprofit educational organization for global learning and youth development. It works to ensure that youth from underserved areas have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage. Through in-school and after-school Global Kids (GK) programs, middle school and high school students examine global issues, make local connections, and create change through peer education, social action, digital media, and service-learning, while receiving intensive support from GK staff. Global Kids offers a range of year-round programs in schools, online, and at its headquarters in New York City. It works primarily with middle school and high school youth, and also provide professional development and capacity-building services for educators and institutions, and special trainings for youth. Global Kids has worked with more than 120,000 students and educators in New York City and beyond
Our Monthly Top Rated Sites May 2016
In 1990, Congress established the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) to research and report on global climate change. Out of that mandate came the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) which was established by Presidential Initiative in 1989. Their website’s tabs include Understand Climate Change, Resources, Data, & Multimedia, News & Updates, and Engage. In the Regions & Topics you can check how climate change affects where you live. They also have latest news and updates and on their What We Do page you can check out these tabs: Asses the U.S. Climate, Link Climate & Health, and Make Our Science Accessible, among others.
The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
This is a major international commission looking at how countries can become and remain economically viable when it comes to dealing with the risks of climate change. The commission is chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón and includes former heads of government, finance ministers, business leaders and economic experts. The Commission’s major project is the New Climate Economy, a report about how countries can strengthen their economy while reducing the risk of dangerous climate change. Other reports include Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report (2014), Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate (2015). The project continues to launch country- and sector-specific research. The commission’s projects see global partnerships of research institutes and a core team led by Director Helen Mountford.
The Climate Institute
Founded in 1986, the Climate Institute was the world’s first organization focused solely on climate change. The Institute has been instrumental in moving climate change onto the international agenda, fostering collaboration between developing countries and richer nations. It has launched and implemented new studies and initiatives on such subjects as environmental refugees, transforming energy infrastructures of small island states, and policy studies on limiting emissions of black carbon and other short-lived climate forcers. The site has great visuals and is easy to navigate. There are tabs for Articles, Proposals & Reports and for Climate Alerts, which recently included hot news items such about the cost of coal, California’s State of Emergency, Imaginative Climate Adaptation in the U.S. and the front lines of climate change.
Our Monthly Top Rated Sites April 2016
The HARMONISE project focuses on and recognizes to the need for an integrated approach to urban resilience enhancement. The project will culminate in a holistic concept advocating innovative technology exploitation achieved through the development of an intuitive and interactive intelligence platform. This HARMONISE Interactive Semantic Intelligence Platform (H-ISIP) aims to provide versatile support relevant to urban resilience, including providing information in the form of management tools and educational elements.
International Rescue Committee www.rescue.org/
IRC, the International Rescue Committee, has been delivering clean water and is helping to establish adequate sanitation. Established in 1940 as the Emergency Rescue Committee to aid European refugees trapped in Vichy France, it then joined the International Relief Association (IRA) in 1942 and formed the International Relief and Rescue Committee, later shortened to the International Rescue Committee. Today the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. The organization especially helps children at high risk because of malnutrition and their days are taken up with the desperate search for water rather than going to school. The IRC has been able to fix pump systems in a few villages that make ground water more accessible.
R2Cities develops and demonstrates replicable strategies for designing, constructing and managing large scale district renovation projects for achieving nearly zero energy cities. In June, 2016, R2CITIES will be partnering with the Genoa Municipality for its Smart Week from June 16 – 20. The week’s agenda will feature a series of high-level events bringing together experts, stakeholders, and authorities from across Europe.
Everything and anything Science. This site includes “Spotlight Science News” with the week’s top stories, unread news (you have to register) and a science news wire. Current events in the sci-tech realm are reported on, covering chemistry, biology, physics, earth sciences, astronomy & space, technology and nanotechnology. Phys.org publishes around 100 articles every business day and claims they offer “the most comprehensive sci-tech news coverage on the web” and that they get their science news out a few days before other news services. Their stories are exclusive and original and many are not found elsewhere on the web. The staff size is impressive: 17 total on staff including John Benson, Editor-in-Chief and Andrew Zinin, Managing Editor.
Dot Earth http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/
Dot Earth is an award-winning environmental blog by science writer Andrew Revkin who reported for 14 years for the New York Times. Revkin, who posts just about every day, has had a long, rich experience covering the environment and his blog is exemplary and examines “efforts to balance human affairs with the planet’s limits.” Revkin is the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University’s Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Dot Earth features videos, interviews and tracks relevant developments from suburbia to Siberia. There is a wonderful narrated slide show about Revkin’s journalist life.
Climate Reanalyzer http://cci-reanalyzer.org/
Climate Reanalyzer lets you see incredible maps of weather patterns and climate data. Climate Reanalyzer is being developed by the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine to develop weather and climate datasets and models that we can actually visualize. This is a go-to site for those investigating climate and for the interested and curious. There are daily and monthly reanalysis maps, prism maps, environmental change models and an animation gallery. Also there are animated forecast maps for different parts of the world. Popular on this site is “Today’s Summary” which features several weather parameters, including temperature departure for the current day relative to a climate baseline.
Our Monthly Top Rated Sites February 2016
The Daily Climate
Since 2007, The Daily Climate is a well-known independent media group whose daily morning posts are the top climate change related stories of the day. A good ‘go-to’ site, there are additional up-to-date stories on the side bar under the headings of “Solutions,” “Consequences,” “Other News,” Editorials and Opinions. Readers can get a free daily e-letter with clips and links to that day’s top stories. The Daily Climate is solely funded by foundations such as Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Oak Foundation, the West Wind Foundation, the Mill River Foundation Fund of The Boston Foundation, the Overbrook Foundation and the UN Foundation and also by reader donations. It is published by Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit media company with headquarters in Charlottesville, Va. The site is easy to navigate. Tabs include: Newsroom, Causes, Energy, Coal, Extremes, UN talks, Science and more. The staff, who works for Environmental Health Sciences, includes editor Brian Bienkowski, John Peterson “Pete” Myers, Founder, chief scientist, Douglas Fischer, Director/Environmental Health Sciences, Peter Dykstra, Weekend editor, DailyClimate.org
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is the world’s leading network of over 1,000 cities, towns and municipalities whose program “Local Governments for Sustainability,” supports and guides local governments to establish sustainable and green environmental practices. ICLEI’s work impacts over 20% of the world’s urban population. An international association of local governments since 1990, ICLEI has worked to develop programs that are sustainable with a green economy supported by strong governmental infrastructures. Specific goals include establishing a low-carbon, resilient, ecomobile, biodiverse, resource-efficient in urban centers around the world.
National Science Teachers Association
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is best known for its support of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a curricula that was released in 2013. Only 15 states have officially adopted the NGSS and those can be found on an easy to use map here. NSTA has been in the news because of its recommendations for science education in the United States, many of which address controversial issues such as climate change. NSTA has galvanized other groups representing parents, science teachers and environmentalists who are proponents of teaching children the connection between humans and climate change. Their NSTA Press® Books have published Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations and Global Climate Change: Resources for Environmental Literacy—Environmental Literacy Council and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)