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.
The complementary relationship between climate action and economic development can serve as a powerful narrative for climate outreach activities of diplomatic services. The article “Economic development, climate and values: making policy” by Lord Nicholas Stern reaffirms that the cost of inaction on climate change is considerably greater than the cost of action.
The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate released a major report on the 7th July 2015 outlining key economic opportunities that governments and businesses can exploit in order to tackle the risks associated with global climate change.
The report Climate Change: A Risk Assessment argues that the risks of climate change need to be considered on a par with risks to national security, financial stability, or public health.