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Water, Climate, Conflict, and Migration: Coping with One Billion People on the Move by 2050

By Nidhi Nagabhatla Do migrants willingly choose to flee their homes, or is migration the only option available? There is no clear, one-size-fits-all explanation for a decision to migrate — a choice that will be made today by many people worldwide, and by an ever-rising number in years to come due to a lack of…

Life on land, life below water: Monitoring climate adaptation in Guatemala’s marine coastal zones – for the benefit of people and planet

With around one-third of Guatemala cloaked in tropical rainforest, and dozens of volcanoes and UNESCO World Heritage sites, the “land of many trees,” is rightly famous for its life on land. Yet this picture reveals only part of Guatemala’s riches. Below the ocean surface is a world of immense abundance and importance. The oceans on either side…

Climate change is making autumn leaves change colour earlier – here’s why

By Philip James As the days shorten and temperatures drop in the northern hemisphere, leaves begin to turn. We can enjoy glorious autumnal colours while the leaves are still on the trees and, later, kicking through a red, brown and gold carpet when out walking. When temperatures rise again in spring, the growing season for…

Polar link unites far extremes of north and south

By Tim Radford They are different worlds, one an ocean, the other a continent. But a polar link keeps them in touch with each other. LONDON, 30 November, 2020 − The Arctic and Antarctica are literally a world apart, but for an unlikely polar link. Change in the mass of ice in the north can and does precipitate…

Online event: Building climate resilience through insurance: Lessons from the InsuResilience Investment Fund’s first six years

The InsuResilience Investment Fund (IIF) is hosting an event at this years’ InsuResilience Global Partnership Annual Forum. The virtual side event “Building climate resilience through insurance: Lessons from IIF’s first six years” will take place on the 10th of December 2020 at 15:15 – 16:30 CET. In addition to the side event, IIF will participate…

Climate crisis: how museums could inspire radical action

By Colin Sterling and Rodney Harrison When Victorian tea-merchant Frederick Horniman was looking to build a new home for his extensive collection of natural and cultural artefacts, his own back garden offered the perfect spot. Situated on one of the highest points in London, Surrey Mount – the Horniman family home – enjoyed commanding views…

Desert locust outbreak highlights gaps in risk governance

By Monique Bennett   The desert locust outbreak requires several levels of response from national and regional governance structures. We know that environmental disasters are a function of our disregard for the environment we have been entrusted to steward. The current desert locust plague is a timely reminder that the consequences of climate change enables…

Social Movements Lead Recovery from Devastating Back-to-back Hurricanes in Central America

By Christina Schiavon With a sequence and strength described by meteorologists as unprecedented, a pair of category 4 hurricanes, Eta and Iota, have slammed into Central America less than two weeks apart. Iota struck while accounting of the ongoing damages of Eta was still underway, leaving the full magnitude of total damages from both hurricanes…

Switzerland And The Pacific Islands Region Cooperate On Climate Change And Migration

The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP) are pleased to announce Switzerland is contributing USD100,000 to build capacity on climate change and disaster related migration, displacement and planned relocation for resilient development in the Pacific. Project partners, including the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, are working under…

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