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Aichi Biodiversity target from the Convention on biological diversity



AOU and Condor


Avian Ecology and Conservation


Sora. Searchable ornithological Research Archive.

Change and raising awarenes

The Climate Reality Project. Al Gore´s project that informs people across the world about the reality of climate change.


People and Planet. A gateway to the greatest issue of our time...
the wellbeing of the growing human family as it presses
ever more heavily on the natural resources of our planet


Visions for change. Publications from UNEP, 2011


Global report on C40 cities. Carbon Disclosure Project 2011
Loss and damage in vulnerable countries (


Kyoto special report in Nature. Nov 2012


What We Know.

A webside, established by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The What We Know initiative is dedicated to ensuring that three “R’s” of climate change communicated to the public.

  • The first is Reality — 97% of climate experts have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening.
  • The second is Risk — that the reality of climate change means that there are climate change impacts we can expect, but we also must consider what might happen, especially the small, but real, chance that we may face abrupt changes with massively disruptive impacts.
  • The third R is Response — that there is much we can do and that the sooner we respond, the better off we will be.




Global Systems Science

A book on climate change, online and well explained.



The best source for new scientific information,w ell explained by climate scientists

AGW Observer

Daily updates of climate science with links to scientific articles.


Greenpeace Report on 100% renewable energies by 2050. Greenpeace 2011


IRENA (International renewable energy agency) . Reports and papers.


The global energy challenge. Nature. 28 November 2012


environment 360 (e360). An excellent blog by Yale University on environmental issues.


Life. European Commission. LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. The webseite includes many articles on projects and background information on the environment.
Climate change, impacts and vulnerability. EEA Report 12/2012





List of climate science related journals


Bits of Science. A daily source of news on science, technology and the environment


DotEarth. The environmental news blog of the New York Times




Environmental News Network (ENN)


Environmental Research Letters. This journal covers all of environmental science, providing a coherent and integrated approach including research articles, perspectives and editorials.
It is free to readers, Environmental Research Letters is funded by an article publication charge.


Fieldwork Interviews. A wonderful site portraying different fieldwork, getting people interested and fascinated by ecological research.


Future Earth is an ambitious new 10-year research programme  which will provide the knowledge we need to tackle the most urgent  challenges of the 21st century related to global sustainability.


GreenFacts. Our Mission is to bring complex scientific consensus reports on health and the environment to the reach of non-specialists


Nature. International weekly journal on science.


Nature Reports Climate Change. The science behind the news.


PLoSBiology. This is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal featuring research articles of exceptional significance in all  areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems.


PLoSOne. This is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. PLoS ONE welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline.


PNAS. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US


RealClimate. Real science by real scientists. A very good blog on climate science.

Scitable. Scitable is a free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world's leading publisher of  science.


Understanding Science. A great webpage by U Berkeley