Climate Change Resources

Sitka Links

Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) has been working to protect the temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska and Sitka's quality of life since 1967. SCS has been an active supporter of the Sitka Global Warming Group.

Recycle Sitka provides great information on what and how to recycle in Sitka

Alaska Links

Alaska Climate Change Strategy The State of Alaska
< Solutions Conservation Alaska>

Alaska Center for the Environment

Alaska Conservation Foundation

General Links on Global Warming/Climate Change and Green Living

Global Warming Links by topic at:  http://www.filtersfast.com/global-warming.asp

Several websites provide tips, news, and product information on how to reduce your carbon footprint.  Check out www.howtoreduceglobalwarming.com and Be Green - www.begreennow.com.

Climate Ark
is dedicated to promoting public policy that addresses Global Climate Change through reductions in carbon and other emissions, energy conservation, alternative energy sources and ending deforestation.

Climate Solutions offers practical solutions to global warming. Climate Solutions is an Earth Island Institute project. Their mission is to stop global warming at the earliest point possible by helping the Northwestern area of the United States become a world leader in practical and profitable solutions.

Global Warming: Focus on the Future grabs your attention with startling statistics and excellent photography. Look here for a sobering overview of global warming.

HotEarth.Net - Well rounded site featuring informational articles on the causes of global warming, its harmful effects, and solutions that could stop it. Check out their Take Action section to see how you can get involved.

www.iclei-usa.org - ICLEI is a membership organization assisting local communities with climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - Recognizing the problem of potential global climate change the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) established the IPCC in 1988. The role of the IPCC is to assess the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change.

Union of Concerned Scientists offers quality resource sections on global warming and ozone depletion. It includes briefings, updates, FAQs, recommendations, fact sheets, analysis, links, guides, statements and what you can do.

World Wildlife Foundation Climate Change Campaign - Much of the information here is what various countries are doing, and not doing, as follow up to the Kyoto summit.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Electric Cars: A Definitive Guide - http://www.hybridcars.com/electric-car  Check out this website for great information on electric vehicles.


Hybrid Cars

How Hybrid Cars Work - Provides a reader friendly explanation with illustrations on how hybrid cars work

Hybrid Cars - News and Information about the current state of hybrid technology. Includes a "Buyers Guide"

Hybrid Cars Spotlight - Hybrid car news

Hybrid News - includes current mileage database



Converting a hybrid car to all electric plug-in

How Plug-in Hybrids work - Explains how a standard hybrid works after conversion to a plug-in

Hybrid Conversion Guide - Links to conversion kits and information on converting a standard hybrid to a plug-in electric vehicle.



Electric Vehicles

How Electric Cars Work - A detailed explaination of how electric cars work including illustrations

Commuter Cars - The Tango is a small two person electric car designed for commuting. This vehicle has a top speed of approximately 150 MPH with a range of between 40 to 160 miles per charge depending on battery type. This vehicle is still in the development process, but they are taking reservations.

Electric Scooters and Bikes - Availability of electric scooters and bikes.

Energy Conservation & Emissions Reduction

HOME HEATING

Electric Heaters - check out Sitka 's "Rainpower.org" for help switching to electric heat. http://www.rainpower.org/

Home Insulation Improvements - Information about how to improve the energy efficiency of your home through proper insulation - provided by Energy Star

Home Heating and Cooling Improvements - Information on regular maintenance of heating and cooling systems and how to replace older systems with new energy efficient systems - provided by Energy Star

LIGHTING  LEDs & CFLs 


LED (Light Emmiting Diode) light bulbs are now available on the market. The up front cost is high, but they last a really long time and use only a fraction of the energy used by standard light bulbs and even CFLs.

ABOUT LED LIGHT: http://www.my-led-light-bulbs.com/

LEARN MORE: http://www.ccrane.com/lights/led-light-bulbs/led-lighting/index.aspx
LED Bulbs for Sale: http://www.ccrane.com/lights/led-light-bulbs/index.aspx  go to bottom of page for breakdown on $$ and energy savings over the life of the bulb.

LED Bulbs for Sale : http://www.radiantsolartech.com/ledlightbulbs.html

About CFL Bulbs - An introduction to compact flourescent light bulbs.

Learn About CFL Bulbs - Information about how to select CFLs for your home and office - provided by Energy Star - some people are finding that CFLs are lasting only a few months, not living up to the stated specifications - please be sure you are purchasing the correct bulb for the fixture in which it will be used.

Purchase Compact Flourescent Bulbs - screw in base
Purchase Compact Flourescent Bulbs - plug in base - If you cannot find what you are looking for at the various stores in town, try this website. Also encourage local hardware stores like True Value and Spenards to stock these bulbs.

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Lesson on Global Warming with Map - Curiculum Guide for the Climate Impacts Map and Map

Teachers' Guide - Teachers' Guide to High Quality Educational Materials on Climate Change and Global Warming

Lesson Plan - Lesson plan and resources for teaching middle school and high school students about global warming

Resources for Teachers - Links to lesson plans and resource links for presenting the issue of global warming in the classroom

Resources for Teachers - Links to lesson plans and resources for teaching K-12 about global climate change