Adaptation & Resilience
Cities
Climate Change
Development
Energy
Environment & Migration
Land & Food
Security
Water
Global Issues
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

This new report by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in collaboration with the Clingendael Institute and other Dutch research institutes points to pressure on security and migration arising from too little, too much or polluted water. Many integrated solutions are possible to divert this trend towards a sustainable and climate-resilient world.

Cities
Civil Society
Climate Change
Energy
Forests
Land & Food
Minerals & Mining
Water
Global Issues
World Resources Institute

Working with over 30 partners, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has recently launched the Resource Watch. The platform provides a wide array of data sets on various sustainability topics, ranging from food security to urban climate challenges.

Adaptation & Resilience
Cities
Climate Change
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Security
Global Issues
Janani Vivekananda, adelphi
Quick Access

While research on climate change and urban violence are independently strong, few efforts have been made to understand the linkages between them. To date, there is little research or analysis on whether, where and how climate change adaptation and urban violence intersect and interact.

Cities
Civil Society
Climate Change
Environment & Migration
Global Issues
Franziska Schreiber, Elenis Dellas and Lukas Rüttinger
Quick Access

World-wide, cities are on the advance. Today, they host more than half of the world's population and every minute, their population grows by 140 people: 200,000 a day, 1.5 million a week. Cities have become so powerful that some even sign international agreement with nation states, conducting their own foreign policy. However, the scale and pace of current urbanization trends poses a threat to even the best managed cities.

This working paper by adelphi explores the new research field of city fragility and its links to climate change and migration.

Adaptation & Resilience
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Cities
Climate Change
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Environment & Migration
Security
Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Issues
Asia
Janani Vivekananda and Neil Bhatiya
Policy Brief

Cities are on the sharp end of a range of risks from criminal violence, terrorism and war to demographic pressures, to climate and environmental change. Coastal megacities are especially at risk given the specific impacts of climate change they face, including accelerated global sea-level rise, increased storm frequency and severity, and destruction to critical infrastructure such as port facilities, rail and road linkages, and energy installations, all of which are amplified as urban populations become ever larger.

Wis, Joanna; Camille Serre, Aleksander Śniegocki, Franciszek Jackl, Andrzej Kassenberg and Wojciech Szymalski
Quick Access
Tapping into the co-benefits of low-emission economy in cities

A low-emission transition will require profound changes in terms of infrastructure, business models as well as individual habits. In order to support this process adelphi, WiseEuropa and the Institute for Sustainable Development launched a Polish-German discussion on the benefits of a low-emission economy for local development. The discussion paper draws on this exchange, and offers a basis for further reflection about selected benefits based on evidence from Germany and Poland.

UN Habitat
Books and Studies
UN Habitat report

At the Habitat III conference in Quito, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) launched, ‘Addressing Climate Change in National Urban Policy,’ a guide developed to assist all national urban policy stakeholders to better understand the intersection between national urban policy and climate change. While urbanization has brought great benefits and opportunities, cities are a major contributor to climate change.

Kaj Fischer, Eleni Dellas, Franziska Schreiber, Michele Acuto, Daniel London, Dennis Tänzler and Alexander Carius
Policy Brief
Urbanization and Climate Diplomacy adelphi report 2015

This paper examines the relevance of cities and city networks in the current international climate policy architecture, especially with respect to the evolution of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and climate finance as well as other developments linked to COP21.

Books and Studies

Diplomacy surrounding climate change happens on numerous levels. The current definition of climate diplomacy largely centres on the negotiations by state parties at the UNFCCC does not capture the full extent of current global trends and developments. Cities have become important actors in climate change discussions, formulating and implementing adaptation policies, and setting mitigation goals and targets.

Cities
Climate Change
Gender
Global Issues
Books and Studies

In the context of gender and climate change, focus is often laid on women as a particularly vulnerable group that is strongly affected by the impacts of climate change. While this is a highly important issue to address, it should not be neglected that other aspects of climate change and climate policy also have gender dimensions. The implementation of gender-sensitive climate policies can maximise potential co-benefits and synergies.

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