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International Organizations

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment was developed by members of the Arctic Council - Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden, and the United States - which facilitates cooperation in arctic research. Read their report Impacts of a Warming Arctic

Polar Bears International
Polar Bears International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its habitat through research and education, providing scientific resources and information on polar bears and their habitat.

UNESCO - The Ocean in a High CO2 World
This UNESCO-sponsored symposium brought together 120 of the world's leading scientists from 18 countries with expertise in marine biology, chemistry and physics to piece together what is known about the impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems. Read their report The Ocean in a High CO2 World (2008)

15th United Nations Climate Change Conference
The official Web site of the Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 7 - 18, 2009.

United Nations Environmental Program
The United Nations Environmental Program's Web site offers a wide range of information on the intersection of environmental issues and biosafety, gender, conflict and disaster, sports, and more.

United States

The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) is working to change the national discourse around climate change to be productive, creative and solutions focused.

NNOCCI is a collaborative effort led by the New England Aquarium with the Association for Zoos and Aquariums, the FrameWorks Institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New Knowledge Organization in partnership with Penn State University and the Ohio’s Center for Science and Industry.

With support from the National Science Foundation Climate Change Education Partnership program, NNOCCI’s goal is to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public. 

 Climate Literacy Network
Originally a framework for K12 science teachers, the Climate Literacy Network (CliZEN) serves not only educators but all individuals and communities interested in learning the basics of climate science. 

CliZEN recently released an eBook entitled " Climate Change Education: A Primer for Zoos and Aquariums" which reveals what some of the best minds know about climate change science, electronic media, psychology, learning sciences, communication, and interpretation. The book explores the links between these fields and provides valuable insights to zoos and aquariums and other cultural institutions.

In addition, CliZEN published a report in 2012 entitled"Global Climate Change as Seen by Zoo and Aquarium Visitors" which summarizes the results of a survey conducted in zoos and aquariums and indicates that zoo and aquarium visitors are receptive audiences for climate change education; want to do more to address climate change, yet perceive barriers to doing so; and have access to and experience with virtual social networks and other technology platforms. Furthermore, zoos and aquariums provide visitors with socially supportive contexts for discussions about animal exhibits and connections to nature; and zoo and aquarium visitors’ concern about climate change and participation in behaviors to address climate change systematically vary with their sense of connection with animals. 

Environmental Protection Agency - Climate Change
EPA's Climate Change Site offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments. Topics include greenhouse gas emissions, health, climate policy and economics, and advice on what you can do to help. Check out the resources on their What You Can Do page.

United States Fish and Wildlife Service - Climate Change
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is dedicated to helping reduce the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.

United States Global Change Research Program
The United States Global Change Research program coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the climate, land productivity, oceans and water resources, atmospheric chemistry, and ecological systems and their implications for society. Read their report 2009 Global Climate Change Impacts in the US

What You Can Do

Small changes in our everyday lives can add up to a big difference. Here are some tips from The Nature Conservancy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Zoological Society of London.