WATCH bases its advocacy work on a strong foundation of reliable expert evidence, across a broad disciplinary spectrum. For your reference, this page contains a chronological list of key scientific, governmental and inter-governmental reports, and international legal documents, dating from 1972 to the present. Documents can be accessed by clicking on the title links.
In addition, numerous sources of raw climate data can be accessed via the Data Sources webpage compiled by Real Climate.
- Australian Climate Commission: The Critical Decade – International Action on Climate Change.
- World Economic Forum: Global Risks 2012 – Seventh Edition.
- International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).
- Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): State of the Climate 2012.
- Organization for Economc Cooperation and Development: OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 – The Consequences of Inaction.
- United Nations High-level Panel on Global Sustainability: Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing.
- UNFCCC, COP-17: Durban Platform for Advanced Action.
- CSIRO: Australia’s views on climate change.
- International Energy Agency (IEA): World Energy Outlook 2011.
- Pew Centre for Global Climate Change: Policies in Key Countries.
- The Garnaut Review 2011: Australia in the Global Response to Climate Change.
- Australian Productivity Commission: Carbon Emission Policies in Key Economies.
- The Climate Commission: The Critical Decade.
- CSIRO: Climate Change – Science and Solutions for Australia.
- IPCC Working Group III: Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation.
- UNFCCC, COP-16: The Cancun Agreements.
- Australian Academy of Sciences: Climate Change 2010 – Questions and Answers.
- World Bank: Synthesis Report of the Economics of Adaption to Climate Change.
- The Royal Society: A Summary of the Science.
- International Monetary Fund: Financing the Response to Climate Change.
- World People’s Congress on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth: People’s Agreement of Cochabamba.
- Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) – Expert Working Group: Australia and Food Security in a Changing World: Can we feed ourselves and help feed the world in the future?
- UNFCCC, COP-15: The Copenhagen Accord.
- University of New South Wales – Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC): The Copenhagen Diagnosis 2009 – Updating the World on the Latest Climate Science.
- The Royal Society: Preventing Dangerous Climate Change.
- United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (UNHCR): Climate change, natural disasters and human displacement: a UNHCR perspective.
- 2008 Garnaut Climate Change Review: Final Report.
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030.
- World Health Organization: Protecting Health from Climate Change.
- Joint Science Academies’ Statement: Climate Change Adaptation and the Transition to a Low Carbon Society (released by the national academies of science of thirteen G8+5 countries on 10th June, 2008).
- International Labour Organization: Employment and Labour Market Implications of Climate Change.
- The National Academies (United States): Understanding and Responding to Climate Change – Highlights of National Academies Reports.
- IPCC Third Assessment Report.
- COP-7: The Marrakesh Declaration.
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: OECD Environmental Outlook (2001).
- Rio Earth Conference: Rio Declaration on the Environment and Development.
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
- UN General Assembly: Resolution 43/53 – Declaration of climate change as ‘a common concern of mankind’.
- World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future (The Brundtland Report).
- Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer. (forerunner and model for global greenhouse gas mitigation regime).
- UNEP/WMO/ICSU: The Assessment of the Role of Carbon Dioxide and of Other Greenhouse Gases in Climate Variations and Associated Impacts.
- Hansen, J, Johnson, D, Lacis, A, Lebedeff, S, Lee, P, Rind, D, & G. Russell. “Climate Impact of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide.” Science. August 1981. Vol. 213, No. 4511, pp. 957-966.
- US National Research Council: Carbon Dioxide and Climate – A Scientific Assessment.
- World Meteorological Association: Declaration of the World Climate Conference.
- Alfred James Lotka, Elements of Physical Biology [first identification of anthropogenic climate change].
- Svante Arrhenius, 1896, “On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground”, London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science (5th series), April 1896, Vol 41, pp. 237–275 [named the 'greenhouse effect'].
- John Tyndall, On Radiation: Through the Earth’s Atmosphere, The “Rede” lecture, delivered in the Senate-house before the University of Cambridge on Tuesday, May 16, 1865 [identified role of carbon dioxide, water vapour and methane in regulating atmospheric temperature].
- Joseph Fourier, “Mémoire sur Les Temperatures du Globe Terrestre et Des Espaces Planetaires”, Mémoires de l’Académie Royale des Sciences de l’Institut de France VII, 570–604 [Fourier's famous essay anticipating the 'greenhouse effect' - in French].