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Fashioning a climate resilient cotton sector

By Charlene Collison and Ulrike Stein Why understanding the climate threat to cotton is essential for preparing a cross-sector response. As the Cotton 2040 initiative publishes two new studies highlighting the potentially drastic impacts the climate crisis could have on cotton production in India and globally, Forum for the Future’s Charlene Collison and Ulrike Stein…

Half of all cotton growing regions face severe climate risks by 2040 if carbon emissions continue to soar

The first-ever global analysis of climate risks to global cotton production reveals that runaway climate change could expose half of all global cotton growing regions to high risks from temperature increases, changes to rainfall patterns and extreme weather events by 2040. Titled “Adapting to climate change – physical risk assessment for global cotton production”, the…

The European Investment Bank is launching a project to increase the Climate Resilience of their Investment Projects

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the bank of the European Union and a leader among international finance institutions in the climate change realm, has commissioned Willis Tower Watson, together with AFRY, the Finnish Meteorological Institute and adelphi to undertake a project titled “Climate Resilience in Investment Projects”. This project aims to build resilience to climate…

Webinar: Cottoning on to climate change

Date: Wednesday 14 July 2021 Time: 12:30-2:00pm BST / 7:30-9:00am EST / 5-6:30pm IST / 7:30-9:00pm SGT / 9:00-10:30pm AEST Register here Global warming could reach 1.5ºC as early as 2030. And yet, despite the Paris Agreement and the ambitious decarbonisation pledges and targets being set by countries and corporates around the world, we are faced…

Severe storms from tropics reach Europe once every five years on average – new research

By Alexander Baker An unusual and devastating storm struck Ireland in the early hours of October 16, 2017. Record-breaking gusts of up to 119mph left 360,000 homes without electricity and, sadly, three people lost their lives. The storm continued north-eastwards, causing power outages and damage across the UK and Scandinavia over a two-day period. That storm, named Ophelia,…

Falling harvests could soon follow growing deserts

By Tim Radford A hotter world will mean more deserts and falling harvests − bad news for food producers and for all of us. LONDON, 18 May, 2021 − By the end of the century falling harvests could jeopardise as much as a third of present levels if greenhouse gas emissions continue uncontrolled. That is because climatic regions…

A generational historic struggle to regain our water

By Sharon Udasin May 14, 2021 — Editor’s note: This story is part of a collaboration, Tapped Out: Power, justice and water in the West, in which eight Institute for Nonprofit News newsrooms — California Health Report and High Country News; SJV Water and the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism; Circle of Blue; Columbia Insight; Ensia; and…

Building resilience in the land of 3,000 collines: Rooting out drivers of climate fragility in Burundi

By Juergen Voegele, Veronique Kabongo and Arame Tall When you land in Bujumbura, Burundi, you are immediately struck by the verdant landscape. Everything is green. The peaceful city is surrounded by beautiful Lake Tanganyika, the deepest in Africa, with majestic hills to the north. Soon, one discovers that those steep hillsides, the nearly 3,000 or…

Net Zero by 2050: What it will take to get there

By Mitchell Beer Many countries say they will reach Net Zero by 2050, a huge cut in greenhouse gases by mid-century. Here’s how they can do it. A longer version of this post originally appeared on The Energy Mix. Find the full story here. LONDON, 21 May, 2021 − No new investment in oil, gas, or coal development, a…

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