This selection of websites offers background information, overviews and facts on climate change and sustainability:
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - UNFCC. Home of the Kyoto Protocol - supports all institutions involved in the climate change process. Offers overviews of the Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development Mechanism, Data on Greenhouse Gases, National Reports, Science and CDM Projects.
The International Commission on Climate Change and Development offers a comprehensive overview of climate change and disaster risk reduction and offers recommendations to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable countries and communities in a comprehensive report entitled 'Closing the gap'
http://unfccc.int/essential_background/glossary/items/3666.php offers an extensive glossary of climate change related acronyms and terminology.
Global Environment Facility - GEF. Inter-governmental organization offering project funding for a large range of climate change and environment related issues to developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
United Nations Environment Programme - UNEP.Offers a wide range of insights and information on climate change related news and activities, including financing of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
United Nations Development Programme - UNDP. Provides resources in respect of the programming of climate change adaptation projects and their integration into mainstream development. Also offers an Adaptation Learning Mechanism - ALM. A global knowledge sharing platform, mapping good practices and information on climate adaptation.
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations - FAO. Information and resources related to climate change with particular emphasis on food security and agriculture. Extensive glossary of climate change terminology.
Overseas Development Institute - ODI. Independent think tank on development issues, active in research on climate change issues in developing countries.
The Horizon Solutions Site is a collaborative program with UNDP, UNEP, UNFPA, Unicef, the IDRC, Yale and Horizon's colleagues at Harvard that presents answers to problems in environment, health, population and development, in case-studies (peer-reviewed), articles and exhibits.
The Sustainable Commodity Initiative (a joint venture by IISD and UNCTAD) aims to promote sustainable practices in commodity production and trade. Site links into FAST (Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade), SCAN (Sustainable Commodity Assistance Network), SSI (Reporting: State of Sustainability Initiatives) and COSA (Committee on Sustainability Analysis).
http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/climatechange/gateway This United Nations site offers a gateway to the work of over 30 UN organizations in the field of climate change, including a link to the World Meteorological Organization's Global Climate Observing System (http://www.wmo.ch/pages/prog/gcos/index.php?name=about)
http://www.climatehotmap.org/index.html is an initiative by a number of concerned NGO's, including the World Wildlife Fund, and offers an inter-active 'Early Warning Signs' map, detailing a number of potential global warming effects by region.
The World Bank's Climate Change Data Portal - The World Bank's Climate Change Data Portal. Provides information on climate change and a number of tools.
The United Nation's Development Program's Adaptation Learning Mechanism is a knowledge-sharing platform on climate change.
The International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance - ISEAL is the global association for social and environmental standards systems. Site includes the complete output and documents of the Social Accountability in Sustainable Agriculture project - SASA and is of interest to coffee growers generally.
The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research - CGIAR is a strategic partnership whose 64 members support fifteen international research centers for which links and contact details are provided.
The International Water Management Institute - IWMI is one of the 15 CGIAR-linked research centers. Its mission is to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and nature. Look for its Water Policy Brief at http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/Publications/Water_Policy_Briefs/PDF/WPB31.pdf
The International Food Policy Research Institute - IFPRI is another of the CGIAR-linked research centers and concentrates on food security issues. Their report entitled 'Climate change: Impact on agriculture and costs of adaptation' presents research results that quantify climate-change impacts, assesses the consequences for food security, and estimates the investments that would offset the negative consequences for human well-being. Although not directly coffee-related, this analysis brings together, for the first time, detailed modelling of crop growth under climate change with insights from an extremely detailed global agriculture model, using two climate scenarios to simulate future climate.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development - WBCSD is a global business initiative. Although not directly relevant to coffee the site nevertheless offers interesting information, for example on water and forest products.