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Title: Ecological Buddhism - A Buddhist Response to Global Warming.
Description/subject: â™¦ Mission Statements: *What we are experiencing in the degradation of the Earth, is a soul loss, a loss of meaning in life itself that calls for a recovery of a sense of the sacred. The Earth must be seen, not as a collection of objects for our use, but as a communion of subjects of which we are all a part. We are all part of a single community that will live or die together. - Thomas Berry *When we recognise the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection—love is born. We want to be connected. That is the meaning of love, to be at one… You would do anything for the benefit of the Earth, and the Earth will do anything for your well-being. - Thich Nhat Hanh *Our practice is not to clear up the mystery. It is to make the mystery clear. - Robert Aitken
Language: English
Source/publisher: Ecological Buddhism
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 28 November 2016

Title: I will be a hummingbird (video)
Description/subject: Advancing the politics of small deeds.... "In this beautifully animated clip from Dirt! The Movie, Wangari Maathai tells an inspiring tale of doing the best you can under seemingly interminable odds. Join us at www.DirtTheMovie.org"
Author/creator: Wangari Maathai
Language: English
Source/publisher: www.DirtTheMovie.org
Format/size: Adobe Flash (2 minutes)
Date of entry/update: 22 January 2016

Title: Rights and Resources Dialogue Series on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change
Description/subject: High-quality speakers and panels. From 2009. Some of the meetings have recorded webcasts available online.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)
Format/size: html, Adobe Flash
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2015

Title: Third World Network (TWN)
Description/subject: "Includes "Third World Resurgence" - some issues containing articles on climate change
Language: English
Source/publisher: Third World Network (TWN)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 04 December 2016

Individual Documents

Title: Understanding the Climate-Conflict Nexus from a Humanitarian Perspective
Date of publication: May 2016
Description/subject: "This occasional policy paper aims to improve the humanitarian sector’s understanding of the nexus between climate change and violent conflict. This is crucial, given that about 80 per cent of the humanitarian crises with an inter-agency humanitarian appeal are conflict related, and climate change is expected to exacerbate this. The chair’s summary of the World Humanitarian Summit made it clear that in order to prevent conflict, a complementary approach which includes addressing climate change, is needed. The High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing also highlighted “the growing inter-linkages between humanitarian, development, peacekeeping and climate change-related interventions” and their relevance for humanitarian action. This paper suggests a series of indicators and new metrics for assessing the risk of climate change-induced conflict for 157 countries covering more than 99 per cent of the world’s population. The aim is to identify indicators that can help to identify countries that are exposed to what is described here as the climate-conflict nexus, i.e, the intersection between two key factors: weak institutions and pre-existing social fragility, as well as climate change vulnerability. Measuring and quantifying these interlinks, particularly their humanitarian impact, is essential for delivering on the High-Level Panel’s call to reflect their implications in humanitarian finance allocations. This paper identifies 20 countries [including Myanmar] in the climate-conflict nexus. They encompass some 780 million people living mostly in South Asia, South-East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. All of the countries in the climate-conflict nexus are low- or lower-middle-income nations, where the international humanitarian system is already actively providing life-saving assistance to millions of people affected by recurrent humanitarian crises......Contains a short case study of Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar...
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Format/size: pdf (1.5MB-reduced version; 4.35MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://reliefweb.int/report/world/understanding-climate-conflict-nexus-humanitarian-perspective-new...
Date of entry/update: 01 July 2016

Date of publication: April 2016
Description/subject: "... In December 2015, representatives of governments, civil society organizations, Indigenous Peoples’ groups, and the private sector met in Paris for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The aim of this meeting was to determine a global path forward that would limit the rise in global temperature to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and allow countries to reach peak greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. With its recognition of the crucial role that forests play in achieving targeted emissions reductions, the Paris Agreement marks a major turning point in the global struggle to combat climate change. Yet, the final Agreement lacks key considerations for the Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IP/LCs) who have customary rights to a large portion of the world’s remaining tropical forests, as well as millions of hectares of degraded forests that could capture additional carbon through restoration. Although Indigenous Peoples and civil society groups from around the world advocated throughout the negotiation process that clear provisions securing IP/LC land tenure would be essential components of any successful and equitable climate agreement, text on the rights of IP/LCs was limited to the preamble. Ultimately, the Paris Agreement failed to take into account the significance of community land rights and community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) for realizing its ambitious goals. This brief presents a review of 161 Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) submitted on behalf of 188 countries for COP 21 to determine the extent to which Parties made clear commitments to strengthen or expand the tenure and natural resource management rights of IP/LCs as part of their climate change mitigation plans or associated adaptation actions. Of the 161 INDCs submitted, 131 are from countries with tropical and subtropical forests..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)
Format/size: pdf (749K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs22/RRI-2016-04-Indigenous-Peoples-and-Local-Community-Tenure-in-the...
Date of entry/update: 22 April 2016

Title: A New World Beckons: The Future Belongs to Renewables
Date of publication: 14 December 2015
Description/subject: "Historically, the transition from one energy system to another, as from wood to coal or coal to oil, has proven an enormously complicated process, requiring decades to complete. In similar fashion, it will undoubtedly be many years before renewable forms of energy -- wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, and others still in development -- replace fossil fuels as the world’s leading energy providers. Nonetheless, 2015 can be viewed as the year in which the epochal transition from one set of fuels to another took off, with renewables making such significant strides that, for the first time in centuries, the beginning of the end of the Fossil Fuel Era has come into sight..."
Author/creator: Michael T. Klare
Language: English
Source/publisher: Tom Dispatch
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.tomdispatch.com/
Date of entry/update: 14 December 2015

Date of publication: 24 May 2015
Author/creator: Pope Francis
Language: English
Source/publisher: Vatican
Format/size: pdf (2.1MB), html
Alternate URLs: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-l...
Date of entry/update: 24 November 2016

Title: There will be no going back from climate chaos if we don’t halt polluting corporations and change the system
Date of publication: June 2014
Description/subject: "Climate change negotiations are being dominated by irresponsible states, polluters and corporations that only care about current operations and the furtherance of profits through more fossil fuel exploitation and in new carbon markets which are destroying forests, soil, wetlands, rivers, mangroves and oceans, and financializing and privatizing ecosystems and nature itself on which our lives depend..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Focus on the Global South
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 16 June 2014

Title: International Energy Outlook 2013 - With Projections to 2040
Date of publication: 25 July 2013
Description/subject: The International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013) projects that world energy consumption will grow by 56 percent between 2010 and 2040. Total world energy use rises from 524 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2010 to 630 quadrillion Btu in 2020 and to 820 quadrillion Btu in 2040 (Figure 1). Much of the growth in energy consumption occurs in countries outside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),2 known as non-OECD, where demand is driven by strong, long-term economic growth. Energy use in non-OECD countries increases by 90 percent; in OECD countries, the increase is 17 percent. The IEO2013 Reference case does not incorporate prospective legislation or policies that might affect energy markets
Language: English
Source/publisher: US Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Format/size: pdf (20MB), html
Alternate URLs: http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/ieo/pdf/0484(2013).pdf
Date of entry/update: 11 September 2013

Title: World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
Date of publication: April 2010
Description/subject: Categories: Announcement... Int'l Actions & Events... News... Newsletter... UN climate change negotiations... Uncategorized; Working Groups: 01. Structural causes; 02. Harmony with Nature; 03. Mother Earth Rights; 04. Referendum; 05. Climate Justice Tribunal; 06. Climate Migrants; 07. Indigenous Peoples; 08. Climate Debt; 09. Shared Vision; 10. Kyoto Protocol; 11. Adaptation; 12. Financing; 13. Technology Transfer; 14. Forest; 15. Dangers of Carbon Market; 16. Action Strategies; 17. Agriculture and food sovereignty.
Language: English (Español)
Source/publisher: World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012

Title: Suffering the Science - Climate change, people, and poverty
Date of publication: 06 July 2009
Description/subject: "Climate change is damaging people’s lives today. Even if world leaders agree the strictest possible curbs on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the prospects are very bleak for hundreds of millions of people, most of them among the world’s poorest. This paper puts the dramatic stories of some of those people alongside the latest science on the impacts of climate change on humans. Together they explain why climate change is fundamentally a development crisis. The world must act immediately and decisively to address this, the greatest peril to humanity this century...As this paper was being prepared in late May 2009, Cyclone Aila hit Bangladesh and East India. The headline news was of deaths (more than 200, including many children), of 750,000 people made homeless, of landslides, floods, water contamination, threat of disease, the devastation of food crops and livelihoods – of 3.6 million people ‘affected’. The Satkhira district in Bangladesh was hit hard. Just weeks before Aila, Oxfam held the first of its international Climate Hearings in villages there. More than 12,000 people gave their personal experiences of climate change, many saying that the sea level was rising, the tides were higher, and salt water was steadily encroaching on their land. When it hit, Aila coincided with yet another unusually high tide and storm waters breached the embankments. Before Aila, at the hearings, Baburam Mondal described how the encroachment of salt water had wiped out his mangoes and coconuts. Ashoke Kumar Mondal said he had lost his livestock and poultry because of extreme weather. Mahmuda Parvin hadn’t been able to grow vegetables for the past two seasons. After Cyclone Aila hit, Oxfam staff in Satkhira found Baburam rummaging for his belongings in the mud, having lost his home. Mahmuda Parvin’s home was swept away too. We found Mahmuda living on a highway, searching for food and water..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: OXFAM
Format/size: pdf (1.9MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp130-suffering-the-science-arabic-version.pdf (Arabic)
http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp130-suffering-science-summary-ch.pdf (Chinese summary)
Date of entry/update: 16 June 2014

Date of publication: 1992
Description/subject: "The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty negotiated at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro from 3 to 14 June 1992, then entered into force on 21 March 1994. The UNFCCC objective is to "stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system".[2] The framework set no binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions for individual countries and contains no enforcement mechanisms. Instead, the framework outlines how specific international treaties (called "protocols" or "Agreements") may be negotiated to set binding limits on greenhouse gases..."(Wikipedia)
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNITED NATIONS
Format/size: pdf (51K)
Alternate URLs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Framework_Convention_on_Climate_Change
Date of entry/update: 11 January 2017

Title: Indigenous Peoples' Climate Change Portal
Description/subject: Lots of resources and links....."This portal aims to provide indigenous peoples and the general public with relevant information and resources on climate change and indigenous peoples, and on REDD+ or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. Specifically, this website will also serve as the portal for the project: "Ensuring the Effective Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Global and National REDD Processes." The website is managed by Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Polcy Research and Education) and is made possible through the support of the Norwegian International Forest and Climate Initiative through the Norwegian Agency for Development and Cooperation (NORAD)..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Indigenous Peoples' Climate Change Portal
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 04 December 2014