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  • Environmental And Geographic Department of The University of Cape Town - This page includes information on climatology and weather data. It also provides links to other local and international sites on the subject.
  • GEO 2000 - A coordinated network of Collaborating Centres is the core of the GEO process. These centres have played an increasingly important role in preparing GEO reports. They are now responsible for almost all the regional inputs, thus combining top-down integrated assessment with bottom-up environmental reporting. A number of Associated Centres also participate, providing specialized expertise. Four working groups ?on modelling, scenarios, policy and data ?provide advice and support to the GEO process, helping coordinate the work of the Collaborating Centres to make their outputs as comparable as possible. Other United Nations agencies contribute to the GEO Process through the United Nations System-wide Earthwatch, coordinated by UNEP. In particular, they provide substantive data and information on the many environmentally-related issues that fall under their individual mandates; they also help review drafts.
  • Global Change HomePage - Global Change seeks to familiarize the public with issues associated with climate change and ozone depletion. Since July 1996, the magazine has been published by the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security (Oakland, California).
  • Global Environmental Change Report - Concise, objective, information on policy trends, scientific research, and industrial developments concerning global climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, deforestation, and sustainable development.
  • Institute for Global Communications (IGC) - The Institute for Global Communications (IGC) is a nonprofit organization that provides alternative sources of information as well as online access and comprehensive Internet services for progressive individuals and organizations.
  • NGO Steering Committee - For more information on NGO preparations on the issue of climate, please visit the Caucus webpage. This site includes caucus statements, the most recent being the Energy/Climate Change Global Action Plan.
  • The International Institute for Sustainable Development - has prepared a summary report of the Fourth Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in November 1998. Click on the link below to view or download this report.
  • United Nations Framework on Climate Change - The site provides Parties, representatives of observer organisations and others interested in the UNFCCC process, with a one-stop source of news, data, information and documents. Information is organised under seven main headings: What's New, The Secretariat, Programmes, Resources, Sessions, Media Room and Site Information.
  • Worldbank's Global Climate Change - The World Bank's Global Environment Division (ENVGC) has begun applying a new analytical tool called a Global Overlay to integrate Global Environment Externalities into the World Bank's economic and sector work. Climate change global overlays are applied in sectors such as energy, transport, forestry and agriculture. Similar to a graphic overlay, which attaches a new layer to an already existing surface, the global overlay concept adds a global dimension to the sector studies that the Bank undertakes on a regular basis for its client countries. Global overlays reflect a growing urgency to integrate global concerns with national development strategies. Climate change overlays build on the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC), which asks its signatories to "take climate change into account, to the extent feasible, in their relevant social, economic, and environmental policies and actions" and on the Bank's operational policy OP 10.04, which notes that global externalities are "normally identified in the Bank's sector work or in its environmental assessment process".
  • World Resources Institute - The World Resources Institute's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Because people are inspired by ideas, empowered by knowledge, and moved to change by greater understanding, WRI provides - and helps other institutions provide - objective information and practical proposals for policy and institutional change that will foster environmentally sound, socially equitable development.

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