This page is now obsolete and has been replaced by the "Climate Change Facts" page.
Climate Change Information
United Nations News Centre: what the UN thinks. You may not agree with everything, but it goes beyond what a few countries think. Search for Climate Change.
IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change) The largest group of serious climate specialists. No science is unanimous, but this group is an industry panel explicitly biased towards unanimity in their reporting, and therefore underestimation.
Carbontracker: financial expert group who works on reconciling climate targets with carbon reserves and reporting, best known for their analysis of "unburnable carbon", which amounts to 80% of current proven carbon reserves.
IPCC data distribution centre: www.ipcc-data.org
National Geographic Society: reputable source of cautious information about our environment.
Greenpeace is known for activism, but they're also strong in research into breaches of law, international agreements and ethics.
The Climate Coalition: a group of more than 100 organisations, in some way supporting the struggle against climate change, together representing 11 million members.
Friends of the Earth: representing some 2 million members globally, is another group that speaks out, and tends to know its stuff.
Climate Reality Project: a group + global network of prominent and passionate folks helping to tackle the issue, set up by Al Gore (following "an inconvenient truth"). Also coordinating educational activities.
The Climate Desk: Though this is a journalism-based group and therefore not an ideal primary source, it is an umbrella organisation supported by a number of (slightly) more independent news groups and tries to improve coverage of the integrated aspects.
Union of Concerned Scientists (USA): a pressure group set up in response to the industrially driven propaganda ($400,000,000 worth at the start...) hijacking the term "science".
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) also has a substantial WWF Climate Change concern with background information
Can we do it? YES!
Plans are available:
In November 2014 a report was issued by Berkeley Labs, Northwest Labs and E3: Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States which shows how.
In 2013 the IEA (International Energy Agency) wrote up a plan, which illustrates staying under 2deg at no economical cost. The only blocker they see is political will; they're an industry body, not lobbyists.
Many other strategies and guidelines are available from organisations such as the NEF,the UK Government, and Greenpeace/WWF (2008), and Energy 3.0 (Spain focus, Greenpeace), and Friends of the Earth.
What does the Financial World say?
Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, is not alone in financial circles to suggest oil companies include substantial "stranded assets", reserves which can never be sold.
The Rockefellers brothers are now investing the fortune they built on oil, away from carbon as are many universities.
If only a single issue is highlighted, there is often an alternate agenda. Few problems are that simple.
If someone makes money from an issue, they're probably biased.
Always check a site's source and funding. If this is not clearly stated they're often industry driven. If it is another "foundation" similarly.
If you don't know who the source is, be careful.
If something sounds like a stupid thing to do, such as pumping plastic beads into the sea, it is a stupid thing to do. (see 5gyres.org)
Environmental charities may be mistaken, but they rarely have dark motives. They are driven my morals (or anger). Corporations or sponsored lobbying groups do have monetary drivers: they are required by law to pursue money, not truth (and that goes for some of the press too, alas).
Other Organisations with Climate Change Interests
Green Cross International: an independent organisation which enjoys consultative status to various UN and other councils and structures; for over 20 years...
The Climate Change Task Force: a group of climate experts, world leaders, nobel peace laureates, and others: helping create the political will to address climate change.
The Earth Charter Initiative: an independent global network embracing the Earth Charter principles, including both governments and organisations amongst its 6000+ members.
Scientists for Global Responsibility: a UK professional membership organisation supporting peace, social justice and environmental responsibility for and through its ~900 members. Informative site.
Films, clips, etc.
see: Interesting Links and Inspirational Links.
see: Resources/other organisations.
Other issues, news, politics
With any political sites always consider whether it could make sense. News is available from many sources, but most of them are owned and controlled by a handful of companies and governments. Find different sources and compare. Few are always correct, and few try to be: most need to sell their ads, so be prepared to verify what is important.