I have been participating on this since yesterday and thought it was worth a mention. Yesterday (3rd November 2008) the online climate conference CLIMATE 2008 / KLIMA 2008 opened its virtual doors. If you want to join the conference, go to – from now until 7 November 2008. Once you have  registered (for free) you can check out more than 80 scientific peer-reviewed papers from all over the world, on different aspects of climate change, a showcase of selected climate projects, and discover the many interactive features of ‘Climate 2008’. For example, over the course of the event, interested participants may be able to read the papers and exchange ideas with the authors and participant experts. There is also a climate change studies library and you can participate in live chats with experts or watch video podcasts from the conference patrons.

As stressed by the organisers of the conference, although climate
change is regarded as a critical issue and sound scientific knowledge
is needed in order to address the problem in a holistic way, there is a
paucity of events focusing on the different aspects of climate change.
Therefore, an internet-based (and therefore largely CO2-neutral)
scientific event concerned with approaches, methods, strategies, and
other types of action needed in order to cope with the challenge of
climate change, is a welcome development. It is on the basis of this
perceived need that the conference is being organised. The online
conference aims to be as climate-neutral as possible; CO2 emissions
related to the use of participants’ personal computers during the
conference from 3-7 November 2008 will be compensated by the conference
partner KlimaInvest. To guarantee a climate-neutral conference week, a
wind energy park in Turkey is being financed according to the
acknowledged WWF Gold Standard.

The World Meteorological Organisations (WMO) has joined Climate 2008 as
a partner. WMO is the world’s leading body on climate and
meteorological issues and will use Climate 2008 as a platform to
promote its activities as well as in order to access information on
climate change research.

In cooperation with Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, the organizers
are awarding a prize to the best scientific paper submitted to
‘Climate 2008 / Klima 2008’. In addition to the general scientific
quality of the papers, the jury consisting of the organisers and the
scientific committee will take into account the users’ votes for the
respective papers.

The event has two tracks: one in English and one in German.

Current news on the conference
Tue 12.00 – Live Chat with Eco Institute
The next live chat with an expert from the Eco Institute,
Freiburg/Germany, starts Tuesday at noon (GMT+1). The topic is
Bioenergy and Climate Change.

Don’t forget to check out Cabi’s new Environmental Impact webpage for the latest events listing and reports on climate change.

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