Adaptation & Resilience
Cities
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Security
Dhanasree Jayaram

The changing climate brings about more intense floods in cities in India and all around the world. It seems, however, that urban planning is still neglecting the growing risks. What are the biggest mistakes and how can we avoid them? An analysis by Dhanasree Jayaram.

Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Sustainable Transformation
Global Issues
Marcus Andreas, adelphi

In dealing with climate change we are facing the challenge of a transformation to sustainability (WBGU 2011). What needs to be done? To combat climate change, we need to make significant greenhouse gas savings. But is this the only goal we should set ourselves? No, the transformation goes deeper than this: It confronts us with the question of how we want to live -- now and in the future.

Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Global Issues
Asia
Dhanasree Jayaram

Now that the much-awaited Paris (COP-21) Summit has come to an end with a broad consensus on the post-2020 – termed a historic breakthrough – the next steps towards planning and implementation are to be taken in an incremental fashion. Amidst fears that talks would be derailed, due to differences between developed and developing nations, the least developed and island nations played a crucial role in pressing hard for their demands, ensuring that an agreement was reached.

Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Conflict Transformation
Security
Global Issues
Johannes Ackva and Benjamin Pohl

In his speech on climate change and national security on November 10, Secretary of State John Kerry said climate change is already a “threat multiplier,” and that worse is to be expected if climate change continues unchecked. But the relationship between the environment and violent conflict is complex and often indirect.

Adaptation & Resilience
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Land & Food
Global Issues
Francis Ghesquiere, Nicholas Jones

Named by Peruvian fishermen because of its tendency to appear around Christmastime, El Niño is the planet’s most large-scale and recurring mode of climate variability. Every 2-7 years, a slackening of trade winds that push sun-warmed water across the Pacific contributes to a rise in water temperature across large parts of the ocean.

Gender
Global Issues
Diego Arguedas Ortiz

Despite international acknowledgement that women are disproportionately affected by climate change, the Lima climate negotiations have been slow to deliver progress on recognising their importance, while threats of pushback loom on the horizon.

Capacity Building
Gender
Global Issues
Maria Prebble

Last month, more than 10,000 negotiators from 189 countries attended the latest UN climate change conference, known as the 19th Conference of the Parties, or COP-19, this year held in Warsaw.

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