The authors of this World Bank publication sustain that global efforts to alleviate poverty will be threatened if climate change is not accounted for in policy choices.
A new WHO report highlights the urgent need to reduce emissions of black carbon, ozone and methane - as well as carbon dioxide – which all contribute to climate change. Black carbon, ozone and methane – frequently described as short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) - not only produce a strong global warming effect, they contribute significantly to the more than 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution.
This report takes the stance that implementing low carbon development is compatible with and a condition for eliminating poverty. The authors argues that the eradication of extreme poverty by 2030 is achievable by integrating approaches to sustained growth and inequality reduction.
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.
This edited volume, entitled Conflict-sensitive climate change adaptation in Africa, focuses on conflict-sensitivity in climate change adaptation strategies and practices in Africa and brings together the voices of academics, practitioners and policymakers from across the globe and Africa. Key questions that frame the contributions are: how do climate change and/or climate adaptation projects cause or contribute to conflicts, and how can adaptation measures be conflict-sensitive?
Parametric risk insurance—insurance policies that use environmental measurements, such as wind speed or the amount of rainfall, to trigger an immediate payout—can play a key role in reducing the risks of climate change in developing countries.
This article discusses the role of climate clubs, that is, countries which come together in “coalitions of the willing” in shaping a future climate change regime for 2020 and beyond at the COP21 in Paris in late 2015. The article considers the opportunities for more flexible and effective climate governance through such clubs, as well as limits and challenges such as potential conflict with the international trade regime.
Planning for India’s energy future requires addressing multiple and simultaneous economic, social and environmental challenges. While there has been conceptual progress towards harnessing their synergies, there are limited methodologies available for operationalizing a multiple objective framework for development and climate policy.
This report by the UK-US Taskforce on Extreme Weather and Global Food System Resilience highlights an increasing risk to global food production represented by extreme weather events such as heatwaves, droughts and floods.
The report "Water for Development – Charting a Water Wise Path" is the main input for the 2015 World Water Week and was authored by a range of global experts in the field of water and development.