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Ban Ki-Moon wants global climate adaptation centre in Dhaka

Dhaka, Jul 10 (UNB) – Former UN Secretary-General, who is also the chairman of the Global Commission on Adaptation, Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday proposed setting up a global centre for adaptation in Bangladesh for the South and South-East Asia. He placed the proposal when he along with President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Dr Hilda C Heine met ... Read More »

UNDP to equip BD women, girls for better climate adaptation

Dhaka, July 7 (UNB) – The government has joined hands with UNDP to implement a $33m project in Satkhira and Khulna districts benefitting almost 7 lakh people mostly women and adolescent girls to help them adapt better to climate change. The six-year project is mainly financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), world’s largest multilateral fund for climate change action. ... Read More »

Transboundary climate adaptation with river basin orgs

Submitted by Christina Leb On Wed, 01/30/2019; co-authors: Sonja Köppel Water, climate, and finance know no borders. This brings both challenges and opportunities. When it comes to freshwater, a majority of the world’s surface water flows in transboundary basins, spanning multiple federal states and countries. At the same time, most impacts from climate change are felt through the global water ... Read More »

10 Latin American city Mayors commit to share of Paris Deal

Cities will develop Climate Action Plans that deliver on the objectives of the Paris Agreement, with support from C40 Cities and the UK government.Pledge made at meeting of city officials in Quito, Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador 29 January — Buenos Aires; Curitiba; Guadalajara; Lima; Medellín; Mexico City; Quito; Rio de Janeiro; Salvador & São Paulo today revealed their commitment to bold ... Read More »

Potential of agroecology to transform global food system

Agroecology is a growing social movement which encourages peer-to-peer exchanges of information between farmers, the chief goal being to develop locally adapted solutions for peasant farmers that work with the available resources. A brochure on agroecology features its many successes as a roadmap for a socially and ecologically sustainable transformation of agriculture details on this.  Read More »

Time to adapt to changing climate: What it means for water?

by Greg Browder As COP24 in Poland reaches its mid-point, it is becoming distressingly obvious that reaching the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Centigrade will be extremely challenging. Recognizing that millions of people across the world are already facing the severe consequences of more extreme weather events, the World Bank Group’s newly announced ... Read More »

Living with Climate Change

By Patrick V. Verkooijen ROTTERDAM – For anyone still undecided about the consequences of global warming, the summer of 2018, one of the hottest on record, should have tipped the scales.Across far-flung longitudes and latitudes, regions are struggling with the fallout from large-scale climate-related events.  Read More »

Finnish pilot develops new solution for sustainable forestry

The new unique mobile application puts forest Big Data to more efficient use The whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably and to promote the production of the best possible raw materials in order to increase the availability of food, energy and biomaterials. Read More »

Hurricanes at the Ballot Box

by Vinod Thomas Singapore – Hurricane Florence, which smashed into the southea stern United States last week, is the latest in a string of extreme weather events that have raised expectations for disaster preparedness. Read More »

Freezing in UAE’s high rise buildings as heat soars outside

By Amna Khaishgi DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sep 20 2018 (IPS) – “Look at these tall, beautiful buildings. I have worked as a mason during the construction and was one of those who laid [the brickwork] brick by brick,” says Mohammed Akhtar* who has been working as a mason for over a decade in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Read More »

Rediscovering the promise of nuclear power

by Wade Allison Oxford – At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, world leaders, at last, seemed to recognize the reality of climate change. But the response they are pursuing is fundamentally flawed, given its dependence on “renewable energy sources” – such as solar, hydro, and wind power, as well as biofuels – that actually damage nature. ... Read More »

European non-state actors contribute to the Talanoa Dialogue

The Climate Chance Association, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Committee of the Regions organised jointly a European Dialogue on Non-State Climate Action on 23 April 2018 in Brussels. Its purpose was to put forward an action plan aimed at assessing, recognising, accelerating and supporting positive climate actions by non-state actors: civil society, business, workers, sub-national authorities ... Read More »

Ethiopia’s green growth: Launchpad for wider climate action

By Dex Agourides May 25, 2018 (IPS) – The vision for a sustainable future in Africa is being realized at a time of great possibilities and this vision is underpinned by a shift in continental focus towards sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development. This focus highlights strategic efforts towards poverty alleviation, resilience building, promoting sustainable infrastructure and, efficient management ... Read More »

Heidelberg joins C40 cities: Commits zero emission city

Mayor Prof. Dr. Würzner affirmed the commitment following the Formula E race in Berlin Heidelberg, Germany (22 May 2018) — The Mayor of Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Würzner, today committed to a series of ambitious targets to make city greener, healthier and more prosperous. By signing the C40 Green and Healthy Streets Declaration, the City of Heidelberg commits to procure only ... Read More »

Grass planting reduces soil erosion risks in Rohingya camps

By International Organization for Migration Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, May 18 (IOM) – Over two million vetiver grass plants have been distributed by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in the past two weeks to reduce soil erosion and the risk of landslides in southern Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps, where hundreds of thousands of people are at risk from impending monsoon rains. Read More »