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Circular economy could offer framework for building climate resilience says Ellen MacArthur Foundation report

By Will Bugler In order to meet the challenge of decarbonising the global economy in the first half of this century, and also build resilience to the effects of climate change that are now inevitable, it is important that action penetrates all parts of the global economy. To do this effectively, approaches are needed that…

Climate threat from inhalers can prove costly

By Kieran Cooke Many people affected by breathing conditions like asthma may be unwittingly adding to global heating, because of the climate threat from inhalers often used to relieve their suffering. Many of the appliances used at present – termed metered-dose inhalers – contain propellants that are potent greenhouse gases (GHGs) which contribute to the…

Adaptation Community Meeting: USAID’s Approach to Developing and Managing Shock Responsive Programming and Adaptive Mechanisms

There is an increasing recognition within USAID and the larger international development community of the need for a shock responsive approach in development activities to help countries and communities recover from shocks and adapt livelihood approaches and management practices to mitigate the impacts of future shocks. These shocks (external short-term deviations from long-term trends) can…

Towards better assessment of adaptation results

By Barry Smith Multilateral climate funds are missing opportunities for better adaptation monitoring and evaluation for learning (MEL). Global Results Measurement Frameworks (RMFs) set up by climate funds should seek to align with, and nurture national MEL systems. This would benefit both the global climate funds and developing countries. So, how can global funds better…

River deltas are ‘drowning’, threatening hundreds of millions of people

By Frances Eleanor Dunn and Stephen Darby The world’s river deltas take up less than 0.5% of the global land area, but they are home to hundreds of millions of people. Many live in major fast-growing cities such as Kolkata in the Ganges delta, Bangkok in the Chao Phraya delta, or Shanghai, one of dozens…

Rising heat drives hungry people to hospital

By Tim Radford Australian and Chinese scientists have identified a new hazard in the summer heat waves – more undernourished and hungry people are driven into hospitals. They combed the records of Brazil’s hospitals, matched them against temperature readings and found that for every 1°C increase in temperature, there was a 2.5% increase in hospital admissions for…

Acclimatise contributes to Risk Magazine on the pressures facing energy firms, driven by physical climate change

By Anna Haworth Acclimatise’s Anna Haworth recently contributed to an article for Risk Magazine focused on the increasing pressure energy firms are facing to assess physical climate risks. In the article, Anna shares a number of insights, developed through our long-standing experience of helping corporate clients, particularly in the oil, gas and extractives sector, position…

Why ‘acting locally’ is impossible in an interconnected world

By Jennifer M. Bernstein Like many Americans, I worry about the state of the planet and try to make a positive impact through decisions in my day-to-day life. But I also am nagged by the feeling that I often get it wrong, even though I analyze environmental problems for a living. Concerned about plastics in the ocean,…

85% of cities are feeling climate change—but nearly half aren’t dealing with it

By Jessica Klein Last year, the United Nations reported that by 2050, about two-thirds of the global population will be living in cities. As people flock to urban centers, representatives from 620 of the world’s largest cities are using CDP, a nonprofit environmental and financial disclosure platform, to report their experiences so far with the dangers brought…

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