Appendix B: Information and resources

Useful climate change Web sites

The following Web sites provide general information on climate change science, greenhouse gases and emissions, and taking action on climate change.

National

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), facilitates the generation and sharing of knowledge, tools and mechanisms to integrate adaptation into policy, plans and projects. /earth-sciences/climate-change/community-adaptation/54

Canadian Climate Change Scenarios Network (CCCSN) is Environment Canada’s vehicle for distributing climate change scenarios and adaptation research from national and regional perspectives. http://cccsn.ec.gc.ca

Climate Change and Health is Health Canada’s resource for researchers and decision-makers to better understand how a changing climate will affect human health and to determine the best ways to prepare for these changes. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/climat/index_e.html

Climate Change Geoscience Program, Natural Resources Canada, provides planners, decision-makers and the general public with access to a source of credible scientific information on the risks and opportunities faced by Canadian communities and industries as a result of a changing climate. http://ess.nrcan.gc.ca/ercc-rrcc/index_e.php

Canada’s Action on Climate Change is the Government of Canada’s Web site on action on climate change across domestic, continental and international fronts. http://www.climatechange.gc.ca

The Partners for Climate Protection program of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases and acting on climate change. www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca/partners-for-climate-protection.
ICLEI Canada – Local Governments for Sustainability is part of an international association of local governments that have made a commitment to sustainable development. www.iclei.org

Planning for Climate Change is a Web site maintained by the Canadian Institute of Planners for disseminating urban planning-related climate change information to its members and the public. www.planningforclimatechange.ca

Regional

ArcticNet is part of the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada, which bring together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners in Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector to study the impacts of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic. www.arcticnet.ulaval.ca

Managing the Risks of Climate Change – A Guide for Arctic and Northern Communities was developed by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (a national, First Nations-directed environmental non-profit organization) to provide northern communities with a simple and practical risk management process. http://ccrm.cier.ca/

Ouranos is a Quebec-based consortium on regional climatology and adaptation to climate change. Ouranos develops and adapts the necessary tools to provide decision makers with detailed climate change scenarios on a regional scale. It also performs evaluations of expected sectoral impacts to optimize adaptation strategies. The Climate Simulations team at Ouranos develops and uses Canadian Regional Climate Model (CRCM) to provide regional climate data. http://www.ouranos.ca

Plan2Adapt (a site developed by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium) features a tool designed to help communities assess the impacts of climate change in their region through the generation of high-resolution maps, graphs and data tables. http://www.plan2adapt.ca

The Northern Climate ExChange (NCE) is a source of climate change information for Northern Canada. NCE’s mandate is to provide independent information, develop shared understanding and promote action on climate change. http://www.yukoncollege.yk.ca/research/programs/northern_climate_exchange

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium is dedicated to stimulating collaboration to produce practical climate information for education, policy and decision making in the Pacific Northwest. www.pacificclimate.org

The Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative is a multijurisdictional partnership that pursues climate change impacts and adaptation research in the Prairie provinces. www.parc.ca

International

Natural Resource Canada’s Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division provides a comprehensive and up-to-date list of Canadian and international adaptation-related Web sites: /earth-sciences/climate-change/community-adaptation/54

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization to provide the world with a clear, scientific view on the state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences. www.ipcc.ch

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the international treaty whose ultimate objective is the stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. www.unfccc.int/adaptation/items/4159.php

weADAPT is a collaborative platform for climate adaptation that draws together a wide range of partners to share experience, tools and case studies to create a dynamic community and knowledge base for adaptation. www.weadapt.org