Where is the help? Damages to poor countries are expected to increase as the world heats up further

The world’s most vulnerable countries are preparing to take on the richest economies with a demand for urgent finance. This “loss and damage” issue gained momentum since COP26 in Glasgow last year. Fiona Harvey writes on The Guardian website howe vulnerable many countries are.   Vulnerable countries demand global tax to pay for climate-led loss … Continue reading Where is the help? Damages to poor countries are expected to increase as the world heats up further

Crisis in Spain over threat to olive oil industry

Spain’s Jaén Province, home to one fifth of the world’s supply of “green gold,” is having to cope with climate change and threats to its way of life. David Segal and José Bautista discuss in an article on the New York Times website.   The Olive Oil Capital of the World, Parched The branch, plucked … Continue reading Crisis in Spain over threat to olive oil industry

African leaders frustrated that leaders from the north avoided COP27 preparatory meeting on adaptation

With two months to go until COP27, leaders of African countries had hoped to take advantage of the Rotterdam meeting held this last week  to summon international attention on adaptation concerns. Well, they were disappointed. Laurence Caramel discusses the situation in an article on the Le Monde website.   African leaders denounce rich countries' absence … Continue reading African leaders frustrated that leaders from the north avoided COP27 preparatory meeting on adaptation

Blog from Jane Marsh: How to Prevent Solar Panels From Having Negative Impacts on Stormwater Runoff

Solar energy has boomed in the United States as more Americans race to cut electricity costs and reduce energy consumption at home. About 4% of U.S. homes are solar-powered, with 13% of homes expected to tap into solar energy by 2030 – nearly triple the amount we're seeing now. Of course, this comes as little … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: How to Prevent Solar Panels From Having Negative Impacts on Stormwater Runoff

New report from UN Habitat – World Cities Report 2022: Envisaging the Future of Cities

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 created a temporary crisis of confidence in the future of cities. However, a broad consensus is that urbanization remains a powerful twenty-first century mega-trend; and that well-planned towns and cities remain central to the sustainable development trajectory. There is a sense of optimism that the crisis may … Continue reading New report from UN Habitat – World Cities Report 2022: Envisaging the Future of Cities

Women and girls are the most affected by the flooding in Bangladesh due to climate crisis

Thaslima Begum writes on the Guardian website about the vulnerability of women and girls in Bangladesh. In the north-east region of Bangladesh, called Sylhet, 414 of the 926 community clinics scattered throughout the region were under water due to flooding from the monsoons.   ‘Every year it gets worse’: on the frontline of the climate … Continue reading Women and girls are the most affected by the flooding in Bangladesh due to climate crisis

New EEA briefing looks at inequalities arising from climate change effects and how to address them through equitable climate change adaptation

Climate change affects all Europeans but vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, children, low-income groups and people with health problems or disabilities, are the most affected. One in ten European schools and hospitals may also be at flood risk and about half of those facilities in cities are within intense urban heat islands. A European … Continue reading New EEA briefing looks at inequalities arising from climate change effects and how to address them through equitable climate change adaptation

What is next for climate activism?

With less than 10 years left to avert climate catastrophe, climate campaigners Kumi Naidoo and Luisa Neubauer say activists need to ramp up civil disobedience. They discuss their views in article by Jennifer Collins on the Deutsche Welle website.   Activists say they must up the ante as world edges closer to climate disaster Kumi … Continue reading What is next for climate activism?

The world’s most climate vulnerable countries want rich, high-emission nations to pay for climate damages

The UN climate change conference now underway in Bonn, Germany has been a war of words in terms of who pays for climate disasters. This follows similar concerns raised at COP26 in Glasgow last year. Stuart Braun discusses latest developments in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Climate vulnerable nations demand compensation for … Continue reading The world’s most climate vulnerable countries want rich, high-emission nations to pay for climate damages

In this increasingly complex world, there is no time to push climate action out into the future

Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University writes on The Conversation website about how things have evolved since COP26. Ms. Kyte should know. Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice … Continue reading In this increasingly complex world, there is no time to push climate action out into the future