Links and Resources

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Provincial Resources

 

Go Green Ontario: Ontario’s Action Plan on Climate Change
In 2007, the Government of Ontario released the Go Green plan, with targets to reduce greenhouse gas emission as a significant step towards mitigating the impacts of climate change.

 

Climate Ready: Ontario’s Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan 2011-2014
In 2011, the Government of Ontario released the Climate Ready plan based on advice presented in the report of the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation. It outlines a strategy with a progressive vision, five broad goals and over 30 actions to help prepare Ontario for climate change over the next four years, to 2014.

 

Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation
In December 2007, the Minister of the Environment appointed the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation with a mandate to help the Ontario government, municipalities and Ontarians prepare and plan for the impact of climate change in areas such as public health, environment, infrastructure and the economy. Their report outlines the current nature of climate change, its expected impacts on various sectors, along with strategic goals and specific recommendations for the development of a strategy and action plan.

 

Ontario Ministry of the Environment - Climate Change
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s climate change website provides information on the basics of climate change as well as information on how Ontario is responding.

 

Ontario Stewardship
Ontario Stewardship is a community-based program of the Ministry of Natural Resources that focuses on the protection and restoration of Ontario's natural resources through community support and engagement. Each year, more than 16,000 volunteers dedicate their time and energy to over 600 projects, restoring shorelines, enhancing habitats for wildlife and educating others about our environment.

 

Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR)
The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) is a university-based resource hub at Laurentian University for researchers and stakeholders searching for information on climate change impacts and adaptation.

 

Trees Ontario
Trees Ontario is a not-for-profit organization committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas. The Trees Ontario goal is to support the planting of 10 million trees a year by 2015.

 

E-ZONE for Kids
An interactive web site for kids and teachers providing information about the environment and tips on how to be more environmentally friendly.

 

Hop To It!
An interactive website for kids of all ages with information about what you can do to help our climate. It also has games and puzzles!

 

MNR Climate Change Publications List
Comprehensive reference list of publications, reports, posters, and extension material related to Climate Change sponsored by MNR. (PDF 387 KB)

 

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National Resources

 

Canada’s Climate Change Action
The Government of Canada is committed to reducing Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020 - a target that is inscribed in the Copenhagen Accord and aligned with the United States. The site outlines Canada’s approach to climate change.

 

 

NRCan Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
Natural Resources Canada ‘Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division (CCIAD)’ facilitates the generation and sharing of knowledge, tools and approaches to integrate adaptation into policy, plans and projects.

 

Environment Canada’s ‘Take Action for the Environment’
Environment Canada provides information on programs, services and advice on what Canadian’s can do to take action against global warming, including an online incentives and rebates database on how to save money by going green.

 

Canadian Forest Service - Climate Change
The Canadian Forest Service is involved in two major areas of climate change research: (1) understanding the impacts of climate change on forests and the forest sector; and (2) preparing for suitable responses to these impacts including identifying options for using Canada’s forests to mitigate climate change.

 

NRTEE reports on climate change
The National Round Table on the Environment and Economy have published reports in the Climate Prosperity series including ‘Paying the Price: The Economic Impacts of Climate Change for Canada’ and ‘Degrees of Change: Climate Warming and the Stakes for Canada’.

 

Flux-net Canada
Fluxnet-Canada is a national research network bringing together university and government scientists to study the influence of climate and disturbance on carbon cycling in Canadian forest and peatland ecosystems.

 

BC’s Climate Modules- Climate Insights 101
British Colombia in collaboration with University of Victoria has developed a series of free online climate change learning courses offered by the Pacific Institute for Climate Change. These short learning modules aimed at bureaucrats and the general public present information about climate science basics, B.C-specific regional impacts, adaptation, and mitigation.

 

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)
The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) is taking action to understand and plan for the impacts of climate change on First Nation peoples and their lands, waters and rights.

 

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International Resources

 

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
The United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) is an international treaty that has the goal of preventing "dangerous" human interference with the climate system. 192 countries around the world have joined the treaty which sets general goals and rules for confronting climate change.

 

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.

 

Western Climate Initiative
The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) is a collaboration of independent jurisdictions (including Ontario) working together to identify, evaluate, and implement policies to tackle climate change at a regional level. WCI is a comprehensive effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, spur investment in clean-energy technologies that create green jobs and reduce dependence on imported oil.

 

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)
The ‘Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange’ (CAKE) is aimed at building a shared knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of rapid climate change. CAKE offers valuable, up-to-date, and authoritative materials on the subject of climate change.

 

Climate Access
Climate Access acts as a bridge between research and action that facilitates an exchange of information, bringing together those working on climate communications from various organizations and institutions. The site features a resource hub, collections of expert recommendations, round table interactive conversations, tips and tools, a network directory, and blog posts on public opinion and engagement.

 

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