Resources

Climate Change Reports - International:

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals - 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides 17 goal areas + detailed targets for each area. Useful for defining indicators or targets in communities or more broadly.
  • Energy Efficiency Market Report, IEA (2014) - Highlights the importance of energy efficiency and the progress made between 2001 - 2011, negating impacts from change in activity levels (e.g. due to downturn in economy).
  • IPCC Fifth Assessment Report - Summary for Policymakers (2014) - "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased."
  • The Economics of Climate Change, The Stern Review (2007) - "There is now clear scientific evidence that emissions from economic activity, particularly the burning of fossil fuels for energy, are causing changes to the Earth's climate. A sound understanding of the economics of climate change is needed in order to underpin an effective global response to this challenge. The Stern Review is an independent, rigourous and comprehensive analysis of the economic aspects of this crucial issue."


Community Climate Mitigation Resources - BC:


Community Climate Adaptation Resources - BC:
  • Low Carbon Resilience (2016) - SFU ACT - Strategies that achieve co-benefits between mitigation and adaptation.
    • Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change to the United States (2014) - "Risky Business uses a standard risk-assessment approach to determine the range of potential consequences for each region of the U.S.—as well as for selected sectors of the economy—if we continue on our current path. The Risky Business research focused on the clearest and most economically significant of these risks: Damage to coastal property and infrastructure from rising sea levels and increased storm surge, climate-driven changes in agricultural production and energy demand, and the impact of higher temperatures on labor productivity and public health."
      • The draft City Climate Hazard Taxonomy (2014) is the first step in a longer effort led by C40 to develop the Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework and Tool (CRAFT), an online reporting system and planning tool.
      • Preparing for Climate Change: An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in BC (2012) - This report released by West Coast Environmental Law "is designed to assist local government elected officials and staff, including planners, en- gineers, chief administrative officers, financial officers and others, to plan and act in ways that will make their communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change."
      • Climate Change Adaptation Local Government: A Resource Guide (2011) - "Local governments in British Columbia that wish to learn more about climate change impacts and adaptation, to embark upon their own internal risk and vulnerability assessment processes, or to identify their own adaptation options now have many resources to draw upon. They can find information about past and future climate, find a methodology that suits their needs and resources, learn more about the experience of other local governments, or access university-based research expertise."


      Alternative Energy Studies and Resources:


      Water Conservation:

      Subpages (1): Energy Efficiency