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Dealing with Climate Change



Information & Statistics

General Information

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

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)


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



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)


Papers, Reports, Studies

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 2017 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.

Climate Change and Major Projects - A 2013 fact sheet prepared and updated by European Commission. 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)

Review of Solutions to Global Warming, Air Pollution, and Energy Security - A paper by Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University, published in December 2008 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)

Guidelines for Project Managers: Making vulnerable investments climate resilient  - A 2009 guideline prepared by the European Commission. Guidelines were 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)


Articles, Blogs, Expert Opinions

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)

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



Other Resources

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




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This section of the library created 8 January 2018


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