Media Resources for COP15 from the Worldwatch Institute

The Worldwatch Institute is providing the following resources for journalists covering the Fifteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP15).

Climate Change Reference Guide

Worldwatch has made available this handy pocket guide covering the sources and scale of climate change, its consequences, and climate diplomacy. Includes a glossary of climate-related terms.

Dateline: Copenhagen

Worldwatch experts attending the Copenhagen events will track daily developments on the Institute's Dateline: Copenhagen blog.

State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World

State of the World 2009 conveys the profound, long-term consequences of the experiment we are now conducting on the Earth's atmosphere, with an emphasis on the human and ecological effects of that transformation. The book also examines the policy changes needed to combat climate change and explores the economic benefits that could flow from the transition, including the potential to create new industries and jobs in rich and poor countries alike.

Vital Signs Update: Climate Change

This trend update from the Institute's Vital Signs Online system features the most recent climate change data available, including average global temperatures in 2008, total emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), and the CO2 concentration in Earth's atmosphere.

Worldwatch Events at COP15

  • Mitigating Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Efficiency, and a Copenhagen Agreement. This official side event will mark the launch of the Institute's new report, Renewable Revolution: Low-Carbon Energy by 2030. IPCC authors and other experts will discuss how renewables and energy efficiency in concert can reduce emissions at modest cost in the near-term and how the Copenhagen agreement can accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Co-hosts: Worldwatch Institute, Global Environment Institute, TERI, Germanwatch, and Heinrich Böll Foundation North America. The event will be held in the Victor Borg Room of the Bella Center on December 17, 2009 from 11.00 to 12.30.
  • Bringing Natural Gas to Copenhagen. The American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF), the United Nations Foundation, and the Worldwatch Institute will join forces at the conference in Copenhagen to highlight the potential for natural gas to accelerate the world's transition to a low-carbon economy. The event, "Natural Gas, Renewables and Efficiency: Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy" will be held at the Danish Society of Engineers building on December 12, 2009 from 13.30 to 17.30, and will explore actions and policies that will expand the use of natural gas in a way that facilitates growing reliance on renewable energy.
  • Population and Climate Change Vulnerability. Sponsored by International Planned Parenthood Federation and Population Action International, this official side event featuring Worldwatch Vice President for Programs Robert Engelman will focus on the impact of rapid population growth on efforts to strengthen coping capacity and resilience. Panelists will address the question: Can we reduce vulnerability and support adaptation by making comprehensive contraceptive services available to all who want them? The event will be held in the Halfdan Rasmussen Room of the Bella Center on December 18, 2009 from 11.00 to 12:30

Worldwatch Expertise

Low-carbon growth strategies
Green jobs and green economy potentials
Renewable energy and energy efficiency
Natural gas as a bridge to low-carbon energy
UN climate negotiations and international mechanisms
Chinese and Indian climate policy
Transatlantic climate and energy policies.

Senior Experts Available for Interview in Copenhagen

Christopher Flavin, President, Worldwatch Institute
Low-carbon energy strategy, climate policy, renewable energy, natural gas

Alexander Ochs, Director, Climate and Energy Program, Worldwatch Institute
Transatlantic climate and energy policies, international climate negotiations

Robert Engelman, Vice President for Programs, Worldwatch Institute
Climate change implications of population trends

Sara Scherr, President, Ecoagriculture Partners
Climate change, land use, agriculture, deforestation

Anna da Costa, India Fellow, Worldwatch Institute
India's efforts to address climate change

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