Critical Topics About Social Change

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Critical World Issues

This PEW survey says  "Climate Change and Financial Instability Seen as Top Global Threats"   from June 24, 2013, from the Pew Research Global Attitudes Project. Islamic extreemist groups are a close third.

The UN has these Millennium Goals   and reports about them
    End poverty and hunger
    Universal education
    Gender equality
    Child health
    Maternal health
    Combat HIV/AIDS
    Environmental Sustainability

The UN also has a list of issues   including aging, Africa, AIDS, climate change, disarmament, drugs and crime, refugees, science and technology, terrorism, water and others.

Global Education Website   The Global Education Website is initiated and funded by AusAID to support its Global Education Program.
This site also lists a number of critical issues such as
    Children's rights
    Food Security
    Human rights
    Peace building
    Poverty reduction
    and others....

Global Issues of the Twenty-First Century and United Nations Challenges    lists a bunch of issues organized into various topics such as conflict, crime, development, environment, human rights and health.

Global Challenges for Humanity   15 challenges, about global warming, inequality, etc.

World Economic Crisis The current situation, prospects, how it got here

These people, Roubini, Stiglitz, Krugman, among others, predicted the recession.

Nouriel Roubini's “Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance.”  Explains the world wide recession.
Book reviews 
watch him   a 2011 presentation

Joseph Stiglitz also explains the world wide recession. A kind of review is here  
another review  
and Stiglitz describes Obama's stimulus, Feb 20, 2010   
watch him  

Menzie Chinn and Jeffry Frieden, Lost Decades: The Making of America's Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery.
This is about the economic problems of the US but also explains recessions in general.
See their talk  
Professor Chinn is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs   and he lists a bunch of reviews to the book at his website.

Paul Krugman
NY Times page for his writings  

Global Economic Prospects   and   Prospects for the Global Economy.

Brookings Global Economy   news, studies, etc

Federal Reserve Bank of New York Global Economy   has a page of indicators    at least for US, Japan and Europe area.

IMF research page   includes world outlook reports, includes 2011 report  

Brookings section on economy   more like news and reports.

London School of Economics public lectures page   has some related videos.  Look for the last 500 lectures.

Simon Johnson, Peterson Institute for International Economics in testimony before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, Committee on Foreign Affairs, US House of Representatives
March 12, 2009   says "I forecast a contraction of 1 percent in the world economy in 2009 (on a Q4-to-Q4 basis) and no recovery on the horizon"
  The Peterson Institute was tied for first among International Economic Policy Think Tanks   

Economy Watch   news and info
, reports, conferences etc.  
   Economy Watch is listed here  

World Economic Forum   news and info, reports, conferences etc.
   The World Economic Forum is listed here    

Global Warming has the potential to cause the greatest changes in society.

Basic Info

EPA's Climate Change Site   This site "offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society"
Also see this EPA site   National Center for Environmental Assessment.

Global Climate Change   Vital signs of the planet.

Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming   some 'basic science'

World Meteorological Organization    go to 'climate' and get data, current status, measurements

Climate Change and Human Health   from WHO

UK's National Weather Service   one area is the basics of climate change

xploratorium   basics, etc

Guardian FAQ page   questions and answers about climate change   central US gov't place

National Geographic page on global warming   The causes, effects, the science, etc

Union of Concern Scientists   some of the basics


Guardian   recent news stories

Huffington Post   recent news stories

New Scientist   recent stories

CNN   news etc

New York Times   news stories


Global cloud height fluctuations measured by MISR on Terra from 2000 to 2010. Davies and Molloy. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol 39, 2012  
explained here  
Says basically that clouds have lowered a little, which may reduce global surface temperature. If this continues, it will counteract global warming somewhat. But too soon to tell.


World Bank  
projects, news, etc

UN Central Portal  

UN Environmental Program   news, projects, etc

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change   This group was established "to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation."

IPCC Special Report on Emissions Scenarios   

Projected distributions of novel and disappearing climates by 2100 AD, John W. Williams, Stephen T. Jackson,  and John E. Kutzbach. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 10.1073. 
    Key risks associated with projected climate trends for the 21st century include the prospects of future climate states with no current analog and the disappearance of some extant climates.

Livestock's Long Shadow: environmental issues and options.   from FAO.  Page 272 says that livestock is 18% of global warming effect, more than the transportation sector worldwide.

Comments about the IPCC reports

The IPCC - on the run at last   story from April 2008 critical of the IPCC reports, by Bob Carter, is or was a researcher at the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University. His papers and presentations about global warming are here   available to read and view for free.

The US Senate Committee On Environment and Public Works has this story   summarizing an open letter to the UN Secretary General, also critical of the IPCC reports, signed by 103 professionals, including professors of environmental scientists, and one expert reviewer for the IPCC.

New Peer-Reviewed Scientific Studies Chill Global Warming Fears   from the same committe, says that there are a number of peer This story says reviewed studies have "prompted scientists to declare that fear of catastrophic man-made global warming “bites the dust” and the scientific underpinnings for alarm may be “falling apart.”  The latest study to cast doubt on climate fears finds that even a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide would not have the previously predicted dire impacts on global temperatures."

The above story refers to this article:  Heat capacity, time constant, and sensitivity of Earth's climate system. Stephen E. Schwartz. Atmospheric Science Division, Brookhaven National Laboratory.   in the J. Geophys. Res. 2007.  A preprint version is here     While I don't understand most of it, I'm not entirely sure that says that  fears of man made global warming "bites the dust". I'm guessing more likely it says we aren't sure enough yet, or the models make a lot of assumptions and still aren't entirely clear.

Comments and additional information

Adapting Cities for Climate Change: The Role of the Green Infrastructure
S.E. Gill, J.F. Handley, A.R. Ennos, S. Pauleit. Built Environment, March 2007, 115-133  
This paper says that adding more trees and other plants can greatly reduce city heat.

Global Climate Change   has a primer listed on the home page  "Overview of Climate Change Research"   This outlines some of the uncertainties, for example, difficulties in measurement.

The Natural Resources Defense Council   has some basic guides and a solution guide.

The Republican Policy Committee has a number of papers, such as:
Global Warming: The Settled Versus The Unsettled Science   from Feb 2007
  This paper is listed on the Environment page 

This article has some data:  Global and hemispheric temperature anomalies--land and marine instrumental records   by P. D. Jones,1 D. E. Parker,2 T. J. Osborn,1 and K. R. Briffa

Clouds of Global-Warming Hysteria   

Global   This site  is aimed to "dispel the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis.
Just for information, this site says "This website is paid for and maintained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute."   The CEI had been funded by Exxon up through 2005, at which time Exxon stopped funding this group.    

The Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change   argues against global warming.
This organization is listed here  
and here  
and here  

Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine    has some global warming slides and a petition.  The petition links to  "A review of the research literature ... leads to the conclusion that increases during the 20th Century have produced no deleterious effects upon global weather, climate, or temperature." 
This organization is listed here  

Blowing the whistle on climate change:   New evidence shows the extent to which the White House censored scientific reports on the dangers of global warming   

Organizations   There are millions of organizations aimed at climate, global warming, etc. These are just a few of them.   is the online platform of the Climate-Eval community of practice. It is a venue for members to share information on the latest development on the evaluation of climate change and development interventions.

SEA Change    is a maturing virtual Community of Practice (CoP) focused on the monitoring and evaluation of climate change interventions in Asia, and beyond.

Food Crisis

FAO, World Food Situation    news, issues, etc

UN's World Food Program   news, stories, etc.

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Terrorism definition    from the US Navy

Country Reports on Terrorism   Annual reports from the US Dept of State

UN Action to Counter Terrorism   links to strategies, other documents.

Council on Foreign Relations has this   section about terrorism.

The Global Terrorism Database    has data on terrorism.

Interpol   some info about what interpol is doing, a fact sheet and some info about terrorism.

Terrorist hazards   from FEMA

Are you ready? Chapter on terrorism    from FEMA
Also here   

list of links   from the Naval Graduate School

Sustainable Development
Development, especially sustainable development, could be the key to many world issues, such as global warming, economic development, inequality, freedom, etc.
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United Nations Division of Sustainable Development   documents, reports, links, conferences, etc.

What is Sustainable Development   links to organizations, reports, etc.  Developed by members of the Sustainable Development Communications Network 

The World Wide Web Virtual Library Sustainable Development page   links to everything, journals, organizations, events, directories, etc....

FAO's Sustainable Development Department (SD)   serves as a global reference centre for knowledge and advice on biophysical, biological, socio-economic and social dimensions of sustainable development.

The International Development Research Centre   public corporation created by the Parliament of Canada in 1970. They work "in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies."

US Dept of State Sustainable Development   links to some report, other organizations, conferences.

Sustainable Business Development   from the Free Management Library. Lots of links.

Sustainable Development   a nice introduction by Anup Shah.
The Sustainable Development website is mentioned as a reference in the 2005 annual report for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, chapter 3 recommendations   see page 137

International Institute for Sustainable Development   private non profit organization, has publications, reports, etc.

Dashboard of Sustainability   developed by Jochen Jesinghaus. The Dashboard "is a free, non-commercial software which allows to present complex relationships between economic, social and environmental issues in a highly communicative format aimed at decision-makers and citizens interested in Sustainable Development." 

Learning for Sustainability   "This site aims to provide a practical resource for those who work with communities (in the wider sense of the term) to help them identify and adopt more sustainable practices."

World Bank Sustainable Development Network   reports and so on.

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