Good non-U.S. Sources for Information on Climate Change

I don’t know about you, but I find myself being skeptical of any information published by the US Government when it comes to climate change. With all the evidence that scientists have been influenced to alter their publications by political appointees, it’s a shame to say — but I just don’t trust them anymore.

The good news is that the rest of the world isn’t sitting still when it comes to climate change. In fact, they’re moving ahead without us pretty quickly. That means there’s a lot of good information out there that — thanks to the Internet — when can tap into pretty easily.

After doing some research, I’ve identified these five sites as some of the best for information on climate change.

1. The UN: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The IPCC is one of the most often quoted scientific sources when it comes to global climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in 1988 — almost 20 years ago. Its publication Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis has been one of the most often referred to publications for the scientific basis for global climate change. (An updated version of this report for the year 2007 is soon to be released and a draft is on-line here.)

The IPCC, like any UN-established working group, is not without its detractors and its political problems. However, it still represents one of the largest scale efforts to understand and help mitigate the impacts of global climate change.

2. Canada: ecoACTION

Unlike the US, Canada has signed on to the Kyoto Protocol and is currently making an effort to comply. For example, here is an interesting article on how the Canadian government is attempting to force industry to reduce their output of the gases that cause global warming.

3. The EU: The European Environment Agency

The Executive Director of the European Environment Agency said recently: “While the worst effects of climate change may not hit Europe for many years we must prepare now. Climate change will have profound effects on our natural resources and will also change the way we go about our daily lives. We will not only lose biodiversity but also large parts of our territory, for example low-lying coastal areas and river basins as sea levels rise.”

Can you imagine a member of the Bush Administration saying something like that? I can’t.

Here’s a link to their efforts related to global climate change.

This site is the equivalent of the US Environmental Protection Agency — except that its job is to actually protect the environment instead of handling over control of natural resources to corporations.

4. The EU: Green Facts

This is a non-profit site based in Belgium that aims to provide independent, peer-reviewed data on a variety of environmental issues. Here’s a link to their digest Scientific Facts on Climate Change.

5. The UK: BBC | Climate Change

The BBC is one of the most trusted news organizations in the world. This site is a collection of all news and information collected from across the BBC’s news and information networks. The site features video programs, news and analysis pieces and other information. It’s a great resource for scientific information, informative videos and current, unbiased news.

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