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Dealing with Climate Change



Information & Statistics


General Information

Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis - The sixth assessment of the climate system and climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. To learn more and to read the report, go to https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/

Emissions Gap Report 2018. The 9th edition of the annual emission gap report published by the United Nations, this report assesses the current and estimated greenhouse gas emissions in the future and compares it with the permissible level required to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. It further suggests ways to bridge the emission gap in 4 dedicated chapters. Available online at http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/26895/EGR2018_FullReport_EN.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y (Gogate)

Wikipedia: Global Warming – A lengthy description and discussion of global warming and climate change on Wikipedia.org. Global Warming is a long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth's climate system; an aspect of climate change shown by temperature measurements and by multiple effects of the warming. Though earlier geological periods also experienced episodes of warming, the term commonly refers to the observed and continuing increase in average air and ocean temperatures since 1900 caused mainly by emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the modern industrial economy. In the modern context the terms global warming and climate change are commonly used interchangeably… For much more, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming


Economic Impact and Implications

Henderson, Reinert, Dekhtyar and Migdal (2018). Climate Change in 2018: Implications for Business; Harvard Business School, January 30. Available online at: https://www.hbs.edu/environment/Documents/climate-change-2018.pdf  (Madan)


Global Initiatives

Earth Day Network - Created in 1970, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, USA. In 1970, 20 million individuals mobilized to call for greater protections for our planet. This became the world’s first Earth Day. In the years since that first Earth Day, EDN has created civically–oriented innovative programs with partners both inside and outside of the environmental movement to tackle new challenges. EDN is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partner organizations in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet. Learn more at https://www.earthday.org/

Shaping the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security - The World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security brings together leading experts and practitioners to provide systems leadership, curate platforms for multi-dimensional cooperation and engage in focused interventions. The System Initiative aims to: improve the effectiveness of the international community’s response to environmental challenges; support public-private action that accelerates the climate action agenda, improves ocean health, realizes deforestation-free supply chains, enables more water-secure economies and helps unlock a trillion-dollar opportunity in the circular economy; and explore how Fourth Industrial Revolution innovations can be harnessed to address environmental issues, including redefining what effective global environmental governance looks like. Website includes access to useful articles and global projects. Visit https://www.weforum.org/system-initiatives/shaping-the-future-of-environment-and-natural-resource-security

UNESCO Green Citizens Grassroots Projects – The UNESCO initiative to recognize and support local, innovative, duplicable citizen projects worldwide in key domains of biodiversity and sustainable development, including the Ocean, Water/Hydrology, Education for sustainable development, Indigenous and local knowledge. UNESCO Green Citizens is a collective endeavour bringing together the Klorane Botanical Foundation as a founding partner, Adveris digital agency, Passion Pictures Paris, Twitter (for Good), artists, students, volunteers, and others. Learn more at https://www.unescogreencitizens.org/



Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC) - Founded in 2014 by Finnish companies Fortum, Kone, Neste, St1, Outotec, Caverion and Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, CLC is the largest non-profit climate business network in Europe. CLC members employ globally 500 000 people and represent almost 70 % of the market cap of the OMX Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange. CLC helps its members become stronger climate leaders by identifying and introducing the best global company practices, policy approaches and strategies, and actively participating in climate policy development on a Nordic, EU and Global level. For more, visit https://clc.fi/

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - Created in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the objective of the IPCC is to provide governments at all levels with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC reports are also a key input into international climate change negotiations.  Much more information available at https://www.ipcc.ch/.

Green Project Management (GPM) - A US-based organization established in 2009 to advance sustainability in Project Management. GPM works to help companies become more resilient, governments more efficient, and societies more robust, all while safeguarding the world’s natural resources.  To reach organization’s website, click here. (Dağli)

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - A U.S. federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, ocean, and coast, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. NOAA’s mission to better understand our natural world and help protect its precious resources extends beyond national borders to monitor global weather and climate, and work with partners around the world. NOAA holds key leadership roles in shaping international ocean, fisheries, climate, space and weather policies. Learn more at https://www.noaa.gov/



Papers, Reports, Studies

GeSI and Accenture (2015). #SMARTer2030: ICT Solutions for 21st Century Challenges - A report by The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Accenture Strategy that shows how ICT can help break the link between economic development and resource depletion, with emissions savings close to ten times those generated by the ICT sector itself. Access full report at https://www.ctc-n.org/sites/d8uat.ctc-n.org/files/resources/full_report2.pdf

Morris, P. (2017).  Climate Change and What the Project Management Profession Should Be Doing About It: A UK Perspective - A report by Prof Peter Morris of UCL, published in November by APM. Research on climate change has so far been led predominantly by physical scientists, but addressing how to mitigate and adapt to it will also require management and social science skills. Those expert in the world of projects and their management should have a significant role in this. This essay by Professor Peter Morris provides an initial scoping of where and how project management as a profession might address the implications and consequences of climate change. To read the report, click here.

Jacobson, M.Z. (2008).  Review of Solutions to Global Warming, Air Pollution, and Energy Security - A paper by Jacobson, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University, published in December by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This paper reviews and ranks major proposed energy-related solutions to global warming, air pollution mortality, and energy security while considering other impacts of the proposed solutions, such as on water supply, land use, wildlife, resource availability, thermal pollution, water chemical pollution, nuclear proliferation, and undernutrition. Read paper at http://pubs.rsc.org/-/content/articlehtml/2009/ee/b809990c  (Kürtük)

Podger, O. M. (1988). Greenhouse comes to Banjarmasin: A Call for Assistance to the Developing World; republished in the PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue IV, April 2021. Originally presented at Greenhouse 88 Project: Planning for Climatic Change, Sydney Public Forum, November 5, 1988.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/pmwj104-Apr2021-Podger-greenhouse-comes-to-banjarmasin-2nd-edition.pdf

Prieto, R. (2021). Reversing Global Warming, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue III, March. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/pmwj103-Mar2021-Prieto-Reversing-Global-Warming.pdf

Reeson, M. (2024). Project Management to Net Zero; PM World Journal, Vol. XIII, Issue V, May. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/pmwj141-May2024-Reeson-project-management-to-net-zero.pdf

Stretton, A. (2021). Towards extending the scope of project-related management to help address climate change and other global problems; PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue II, February. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/pmwj102-Feb2021-Stretton-extending-project-related-management-to-help-address-global-problems.pdf


Articles, Blogs, Expert Opinions

Bigg, T. (2022).  Carbon Planning: A four-part guide to starting the carbon reduction journey, PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue VII, July.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/pmwj119-Jul2022-Bigg-Carbon-Planning-four-part-guide-advisory.pdf

Bigg, T. (2021). How Net Zero Carbon Differs from Carbon Neutral; Commentary, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue IX, September. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/pmwj109-Sep2021-Bigg-how-net-zero-carbon-differs-from-carbon-neutral2.pdf

Farnsworth, J. (2021). Road to Net Zero; Commentary, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue X, October. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/pmwj110-Oct2021-Farnsworth-road-to-net-zero-commentary.pdf

Pells, D. L. (2020). Black Elephants and… maybe Project Management, Editorial, PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue VI, June.  https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/pmwj94-Jun2020-Pells-black-elephants-and-maybe-project-management-editorial3.pdf

Podger, O. (2021). Rebalancing the Greenhouse Gas Account, Commentary, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue III, March 2021.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/pmwj103-Mar2021-Podger-rebalancing-the-greenhouse-gas-account.pdf


Books / Book Reviews

Smith, K. (2024).  Green Project Management, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XIII, Issue II, February. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/pmwj138-Feb2024-Smith-Green-Project-Management-book-review.pdf


Other Resources

European Commission (2013). Climate Change and Major Projects - With inputs from risk & mitigation analysis, fact sheet aims to outline and provide guidance on the climate change requirements for current and future major projects.  To read paper, click here. (Dağli)

European Commission (2009).  Guidelines for Project Managers: Making vulnerable investments climate resilient  - A guideline intended to help minimise climate change related losses to public, private and combined public/private investments, leading to more robust investment projects and, ultimately, more resilient economies. They have been provided to help managers to improve the success of investment projects and ensure their long-term sustainability.  To read paper, click here. (Dağli)

Hassol, S. J. (2020). Reporters Toolbox: New Resources Help Improve Climate Coverage; Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ,) January 22. Available online at https://www.sej.org/publications/reporters-toolbox/new-resources-help-improve-climate-coverage (Itodo)

King, F. (1990). Project Earth, Keynote presentation at PMI’90 Seminar/Symposium, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, October.  This is a transcript of his tremendous presentation at the Project Management Institute’s 1990 annual conference.  The presentation highlighted global environmental changes and damage occurring due to human behavior; Dr. King challenged the project management professional community to help solve these problems.  Read the speech at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/1990-frank-king-project-earth-keynote-transcript.pdf

10 Years of Green Bonds: Creating the Blueprint for Sustainability Across Capital Markets. An article published in March 2019 on The World Bank website that highlights the success of The Bank’s Green Bonds program which pioneered further investment opportunities in other sustainable development bonds. Read report at http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/immersive-story/2019/03/18/10-years-of-green-bonds-creating-the-blueprint-for-sustainability-across-capital-markets  (Gogate)



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