About the project

Chicago Climate Online (C2O), a policy initiative of the University of Chicago Law School, is a climate change policy research tool that seeks to become a preeminent policy resource for researchers.  It combines features of Wikipedia -- with summaries of current knowledge on climate policy topics -- and a database -- with a list of research articles on those topics.  It is an open-access research tool that allows users to also upload, create, and organize their own content.

The focus of C2O is on policy issues, not climate science.   Although climate science continues to develop rapidly, we take the core of existing climate science as given.  C2O is not a place to debate the validity of this science.  The interconnectedness of policy and science, however, makes clear demarcation between the two impossible.  C2O was developed with a primary focus on climate change policy, with inclusion of more science-focused topics and references only as necessary.

Using C2O

C2O is designed to maximize research efficiency through thorough review and organization of references by topics. 

Users may:

  • Browse Topics Via Outline
  • Search for References by Author, Title, or Journal
  • View Detailed Information about References
  • Access References Electronically
  • Export References

Contributing to C2O

As an open-access research tool, C2O relies on the contribution of materials from its users to grow. 

 Users may: