Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Climate Institute

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Climate Institute

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The Washington, DC-based Climate Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inform a broad spectrum of decision makers around the world about climate change, to raise international awareness of the issue, and to identify practical means of achieving significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Toward these ends, the organization sponsors conferences, symposia, and ministerial briefings. As the Climate Institute has evolved, it has also begun promoting clean and renewable energy sources as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These efforts are described online at http://www.climate.org/.

The homepage is divided into several sections, including Steps Forward and Steps Back. These two sections contain information ranging from commentaries to meeting reports that describe achievements and challenges in the quest to lessen adverse human influence on the climate. There is also a What's at Risk? section that addresses issues including how climate change is already affecting the Arctic and how it is likely to affect storm, flood, and drought activity in North America. Popular Culture is the focus of yet another section of the site featuring information on films about climate change as well as articles on topics such as how religious groups are becoming involved in the climate change issue and how climate change has become a popular theme even for cartoons.

The Programs section of the site describes the Climate Institute's work in climate impacts, energy, international cooperation on climate change issues, and "environmental refugees"--people displaced as a result of problems such as drought, erosion, desertification, and deforestation. …

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