Where to get trustworthy information about climate change
Climate change is an increasingly newsworthy phenomenon. To fight misinformation, it is essential to get information from reliable and scientifically accredited sources. Below are several information sources that can be useful at different scales.
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a reputable worldwide entity in which hundreds of scientists collaborate. The IPCC reports are reference documents that provide data and guidelines about the causes and consequences of climate change;
- The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), created by the United Nations, define global priorities and aspirations for 2030, supported by five pillars: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. SDG 13 in particular pertains to the adoption of urgent measures to fight climate change and its impacts;
- Nature Climate Change is a scientific journal with excellent reputation. it contains articles about the most recent discoveries, as well as news about climate change;
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a North American platform that provides data, tools and information about climate change.
- The section about climate on the European Commission’s website has a variety of useful information, from statistics to regulations and news.
Two important documents to highlight are:
– The European Climate Pact, which is connected to the engagement of citizens, communities and organisations for climate action towards a greener Europe;
– The EU Adaptation Strategy was released in 2021 and its main goal is to make adaptation smarter, faster and more systemic, while also increasing international action for climate resilience.
- Climate-ADAPT is a platform that results from a partnership between the European Commission and the European Environment Agency. Its main purpose is to support Europe in climate change adaptation. It shares data, tools and information about climate change, vulnerabilities, adaptation strategies and planning at different scales.
- The Climate Change Portal of the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) provides information on historical data and projections until the end of the 21st century for different climate variables like temperature, precipitation, and drought index;
- The Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) provides a very comprehensive page* with information about climate change in Portugal. Regarding strategic adaptation documents, the subpage about the Adaptation framework in Portugal* has useful and updated information about the National Roadmap For Adaptation 2100 (RNA 2100), the National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (ENAAC 2020), and the Action Programme for Adaptation to Climate Change (P-3AC);
- APA also provides a microsite about the Roadmap for Carbon Neutrality 2050. This roadmap’s main purpose is to study the implications associated with different trajectories that are technically achievable, economically viable and socially accepted, in order to achieve carbon neutrality of the Portuguese economy by 2050. Besides useful documents and publications, the website also includes a list of good practices.
- The Intermunicipal Climate Change Adaptation Plan of the Algarve (PIAAC-AMAL)* features scientific information produced by qualified researchers. It also includes ten sectoral reports, which focus on specific climate vulnerabilities and impacts that the Algarve is subjected to, in specific sectors such as water resources, forests or coastal areas. For information about PIAAC-AMAL in English click here, and to read the list of adaptation measures click here.
* only available in Portuguese