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Total number of news: 49

date: 22 April 2015
Source(s): Carbon Brief

The number of global fatalities could rise by as much as 200%... according to new research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But ambitious adaptation efforts in flood-prone countries could cut the potential economic costs by 96% and reduce global fatalities by 69%, say the scientists...

date: 15 April 2014
Source(s): Acclimatise

While few governments of developed nations are publically challenging the findings of the IPCC, it is concerning that they appear unwilling to get serious on financing adaptation. Promises to adapt to climate risks will amount to little more than puffery, if they are not backed up by significant investment, according Acclimatise...

date: 14 April 2014
Source(s): Water Research Institute (WRI)

The issue of transformational change is vital for ensuring effective adaptation. The climate change challenge is vast, and while adaptation efforts have increased over the past decade, there is the danger of too few small-scale adaptation interventions failing to protect the most vulnerable people...

 by Oxfam/Brendan Cox http://www.rtcc.org/2014/04/07/adaptation-as-complicated-as-cutting-emissions-un-disasters-envoy/

date: 7 April 2014
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

Adaptation should not be seen as the 'politically easy' option when governments are dealing with climate change, warns a top UN official. Margareta Wahlström, the UN’s special representative for disaster risk reduction, said that the action required to prepare for the now inevitable impacts of a warmer world need to be 'drastic'...

date: 7 April 2014
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'You want to do more than just cope with the hurricanes and cyclones and floods - you want to come out better at the other end', said Saleemul Huq, an IPCC coordinating leader author. 'To do that you have to make changes across societies and economies, not only in individual localities'...

date: 7 April 2014
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Climate change has already had a powerful negative effect on agriculture and food security for the world’s most vulnerable, and that impact will get worse, according to agricultural experts responding to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report...

 photo of November 1, 2012 Reading's Climate Change Strategy - visualisation by Cara Holland, by Karen Blakeman, flickr user rbainfo,  CC Attribution-ShareAlike License https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbainfo/814711984

date: 4 April 2014
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

Stronger links between business, academia and the public sector essential to thrive in a warming world, writes Mary Ritter, CEO of Climate-KIC for RTCC. It is vital that businesses, as well as local and national governments look beyond the sensational headlines to understand the real risks and opportunities presented by climate change...

date: 31 March 2014
Source(s): Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

'Climate-change adaptation is not an exotic agenda that has never been tried. Governments, firms,and communities around the world are building experience with adaptation,' Chris Field, Co-Chair of Working Group I said. 'This experience forms a starting point for bolder, more ambitious adaptations that will be important as climate and society continue to change'...

date: 31 March 2014
Source(s): Cable News Network (CNN)

Fighting climate change effects could cost governments around the world over $100 billion a year, a United Nations panel of experts said in the newest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report...

date: 31 March 2014
Source(s): Guardian, the

The latest IPCC report detailing climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability predicts future food and water supply insecurities and calls for both mitigation and adaptation, reports the Guardian...

date: 31 March 2014
Source(s): Australian, the

In an assessment of climate change risks for Australia and New Zealand, the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warns that there will be 'increasing risks to coastal infrastructure and low-lying ecosystems in Australia and New Zealand, with widespread damage towards the upper end of projected sea-level-rise ranges'...

date: 31 March 2014
Source(s): International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC); Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

One of the messages emerging from the latest IPCC report is more positive: immense capacities exist to address rising risks - capacities that can be even more effective when applied with greater awareness and investment ahead of potential problems...

date: 31 March 2014
Source(s): World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

'Over the coming decades, climate change will have mostly negative impacts on cities and infrastructure, migration and security, ecosystems and species, crops and food security, public health, water supplies, and much more. We will see more ocean acidification and extreme droughts, floods and heatwaves. The poor and vulnerable will be most affected,'...

date: 31 March 2014
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'The report clarifies that while people all over the world are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the poor and marginalised are the most vulnerable. With this in mind, I believe that the world needs to respond with a climate justice approach'...

 by P. Casier,  CGIAR https://www.flickr.com/photos/cgiarclimate/5477651006

date: 31 March 2014
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'All aspects of food security are potentially affected by climate change including food access, utilisation of land, and price stability,' said Aromar Revi, one of the lead authors of the report, adding that studies showed wheat and rice yields were decreasing due to climatic changes...

date: 24 September 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Many experts instead favour more frequent and targeted reports, for instance about droughts, floods and heatwaves in the preceding year, to see if climate change is influencing their frequency or severity...

date: 18 September 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

A Reuters Institute study asked 'How do the media cover the uncertainties?', looking at how three IPCC reports and recent Arctic sea ice melt were covered in the print media in Australia, France, India, Norway, the UK and the USA. Whilst 82% of the articles featured a ‘disaster narrative’, only 26% of articles explaining the ‘explicit risks’ of different policy options were featured...

 By John Odongo/IRIN http://www.irinnews.org/report/98615/the-long-term-forecast-for-extreme-weather

date: 21 August 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are increasingly being integrated, with growing focus on the impact of policies on infrastructure and people, and on building their resilience to face what might come their way, said Adaptation expert Saleemul Huq, one of the authors of the IPCC assessments...

 by Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97592/Despite-hype-insurance-not-key-to-resilience-for-farmers

date: 5 March 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Tom Mitchell, SREX lead author says that insurance, when combined with other risk-management measures like early warning systems, can provide valuable information to the vulnerable, better preparing them to weather disasters. But when insurance is the only means of reducing risk, it 'can convey a feeling of security while actually leaving people overly exposed to impacts'...

date: 18 January 2013
Source(s): Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS)

Dr Scott Power, of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, coordinating lead author for the IPCC report told World News Australia that extreme temperatures, heatwaves and bushfires are typically part of Australian summers, but climate change is increasing the likelihood and intensity of such extremes...

date: 28 December 2012
Source(s): Ireland - government

'This Framework plan is about equipping agencies with the analysis and tools to help people to cope with and reduce the disruption to their lives from the impacts of climate change. It will help them to understand the changes required to enhance their quality of life, and help our economic recovery and takes account of changes to climate patterns, and extreme events,' said Minister Hogan...

date: 28 November 2012
Source(s): Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

The oceans are rising 60 per cent faster than the IPCC’s latest best estimates, according to a study now published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. “The new findings highlight that the IPCC is far from being alarmist and in fact in some cases rather underestimates possible risks,” said Stefan Rahmstorf...

photo by flickr user Pencils for Kids, Libore, Niger, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pencilsforkids/6793039595/

date: 29 October 2012
Source(s): Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

In addition to October 2012 having been a big month for disaster resilience, it's also been a big year. While such profile is refreshing for those working to manage disaster risk, the reality is the future of disaster losses looks bleak, at least in the short-to-medium term, says ODI in a call for disaster resilience to become a priority for the post-2015 development agenda...

date: 17 October 2012
Source(s): Munich Re Foundation

Nowhere in the world is the rising number of natural catastrophes more evident than in North America. The study shows a nearly quintupled number of weather-related loss events in North America for the past three decades...

date: 19 June 2012
Source(s): Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Insurance has an important place in a comprehensive risk management strategy, which must focus on assessing and then reducing risk as a first priority, reports CDKN. It should then be considered as one component of a strategy designed to minimise the losses associated with the residual risks left after measures to reduce risks are in place...

by Flickr user European Parliament, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/european_parliament/4173674799/

date: 18 June 2012
Source(s): Forbes Media LLC

'There is an intimate link between efforts to achieve sustainable development and those required to meet the climate change challenge. Sustainable development can reduce vulnerability to climate change, and climate change could impede nations' abilities to achieve sustainable development pathways,' says RK Pachauri...

date: 23 May 2012
Source(s): Deutsche Welle (DW)

Margareta Wahlström: 'Ich glaube die zurzeit kritischste Frage ist: Wie können wir das Gefühl der Dringlichkeit aufrecht erhalten? Die Botschaft ist klar: Wenn wir "Business as usual" weiter praktizieren, ist das praktisch ein Fahrplan in die Katastrophe'...

 Photo by net_efekt CC BY 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wheatfields/2551128426/sizes/s/in/photostream/

date: 9 May 2012
Source(s): Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

CDKN reports that government and business must put weather-related disaster risk management at the heart of economic and fiscal planning...

 Photo byetrenard CC BY-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/etrenard/568404659

date: 3 May 2012
Source(s): Plan International

'Children and young people have the right to information that is tailored to them. Even complex scientific reports should be converted to child and youth appropriate versions, if the information is likely to affect them,' said Amalia Fawcett, the author of the youth-friendly version and Plan Australia’s senior child rights specialist...

date: 17 April 2012
Source(s): Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

'The SREX report is a monumental achievement, but CDKN wanted to help policy-makers, media, businesses and civil society stakeholders to navigate this huge resource. That’s why we produced these regional guides which are easy to use, but preserve the careful scientific language of the original'...

date: 16 April 2012
Source(s): Economic Times, the

These impacts in the nature of extreme events and disasters not only have humanitarian significance but economic consequences as well, asserts R K Pachauri reports for the Economic Times...

date: 3 April 2012
Source(s): Environment News Service, the (ENS)

'The most effective measures tend to be those that aid sustainable development, provide a diverse portfolio of options, and represent 'low regrets' strategies in the sense that they yield benefits across a wide range of climate futures,' stated Chris Field, co-chair of IPCC's Working Group II...

 Photo by ABC Open Wide Bay CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/59571907@N03/5908512930

date: 2 April 2012
Source(s): Conversation Media Group, the

'Is this the time for a comprehensive and integrated body of disaster law to emerge in Australia rather than continuing to think that disaster laws are all about emergency responses?' asks Rosemary Lyster, Professor of Climate and Environmental Law at University of Sydney...

 Photo by taivasalla Niclas Sjoblom  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0  http://www.flickr.com/photos/taivasalla/2667326092/

date: 30 March 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

According to Chris Field, Co-Chair of the IPCC's Working Group II, 'The main message from the report is that we know enough to make good decisions about managing the risks of climate related disasters'...

by Flickr user United Nations Photo, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/6198926520/

date: 29 March 2012
Source(s): Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)

'Our chapter was the only one by Working Group 1 in the report.' 'The main message is that there are already changes in extremes that we can observe. How sure we are with regard to these changes depends strongly on the considered extremes and regions,' said ETH-Zurich professor Sonia Seneviratne...

date: 29 March 2012
Source(s): Instituto Carbono Brasil

'Quando olhamos para o futuro, as mais difíceis decisões que tomaremos serão as migrações em larga escala e a mobilização de comunidades inteiras. Muitas pessoas terão que abandonar os locais onde sempre viveram e com os quais possuem laços culturais e históricos', disse Chris Field, um dos editores do relatório e cientista climático da Universidade de Stanford...

date: 28 March 2012
Source(s): Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

'The main message from the report is that we know enough to make good decisions about managing the risks of climate-related disasters. Sometimes we take advantage of this knowledge, but many times we do not,' said Chris Field, Co-Chair of IPCC’s Working Group II...

 by Flickr user Thomas Hawk Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/2838415764/

date: 25 November 2011
Source(s): Financial Times (FT)

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, writes for the Financial Times about the importance that disaster risk management must be given in countries...

 by Flickr user dougsyme  Creative Commons BY 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/16239589@N07/1755814917/

date: 25 November 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'Problems with fresh water are getting more severe. Too much of it brings floods, too little of it, drought. Clearly the report sends a very serious and unfortunate message to many world regions'...

date: 23 November 2011
Source(s): CARE International (CI)

'Our growing experience of working with vulnerable communities to address climate change in 34 countries demonstrates the key role local communities, and women, play in adapting and strengthening resilience to climate change impacts'...

date: 23 November 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'This report will be important for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action. One of its key strengths is that it assessed all the available literature across the relevant research areas and addressed the issues in a holistic way'...

 by Flickr user kk+ / kris krüg Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/kk/6264688055/

date: 18 November 2011
Source(s): Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

'This summary for policymakers [of the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)] provides insights into how disaster risk management and adaptation may assist vulnerable communities to better cope with a changing climate in a world of inequalities'...

date: 18 November 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'The IPCC Special Report is a plea to governments worldwide to ensure that disaster risk reduction is at the heart of sustainable development during this century of climate change,' declared Margareta Wahlström...

 by Flickr user CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture Forum / CIAT Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ciat/6269477933/

date: 18 November 2011
Source(s): International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Meeting the challenge of managing of extremes is a vital component in adaptation to climate change. But to date there has been no one-stop-shop assessment of experience in the real-time managing...

 by Flickr user gak / Gary A. K. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/gak/395276979/

date: 18 November 2011
Source(s): New York Times, the

'Rapid urbanization and the growth of megacities, especially in the developing countries, have led to the emergence of highly vulnerable urban communities, particularly through informal settlements'...

 by Flickr user vredeseilanden Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/vredeseilanden/1551320507/

date: 17 November 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Climate scientists, disaster risk experts and meteorologists are gathering together to pore over the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) in Uganda...

date: 14 November 2011
Source(s): Europapress

Europapress informó que el Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino participará en Kampala en las reuniones en el que se prevé la aprobación del Informe Especial sobre la gestión de los riesgos de los eventos extremos: 'este documento es especialmente relevante para España'...

 Maldives photo by Flickr user, I. Fawaz, creative commons attribution-noncommercial 2.0 generic

date: 30 June 2009
Source(s): Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Call issued to Governments and Observer Organizations: the Special Report, to be undertaken following IPCC procedures and with the involvement of the UNISDR, is expected to be released in the second half of 2011. Deadline: 27 July 2009...

Source(s): Economist, the

The Economist's overview highlights the IPCC report's warning about 'extreme weather events leading to breakdown of critical services such as electricity, water supply and health and emergency services'; a 'risk of severe ill-health and disrupted livelihoods for large urban populations due to inland flooding'; and 'the breakdown of food systems, linked to warming'...