Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

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Livelihoods and climate change: combining disaster risk reduction, natural resource management and c Livelihoods and climate change: combining disaster risk reduction, natural resource management and c

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This paper discusses a variety of issues surrounding livelihoods and climate change. Highlights of the paper include:

  • climate-induced changes to resource flows will affect the viability of livelihoods unless effective measures are taken to protect and diversify them through adaptation and other strategies
  • for the poorest and most vulnerable, strategies should include ecosystem management and restoration activities such as watershed restoration, agroecology, reef protection and rangeland rehabilitation
  • adaptation must be seen as a process that is itself adaptive and flexible to address locally-specific and changing circumstances
  • institutional capacity must be strengthened in order to lessen the gaps between local and national processes, and between formal and informal patterns of economic activity and resource management.

Authors: IISD
Publisher: Climate Change, International Institute for Sustainable Development
Date: March 2003

Integrating approaches: Sustainable livelihoods, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptati Integrating approaches: Sustainable livelihoods, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptati

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The unpredictability of future climate and weather patterns means that potential pathways out of poverty are less obvious. In December 2009, Practical Action hosted a seminar bringing together academics, practitioners and policy-makers to explore how thinking on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction can be integrated with sustainable livelihoods approaches for more effective and sustained poverty reduction.

This briefing paper provides an overview of the theme of the seminar, followed by summaries of the presentations made there.

Publisher: Practical Action [Intermediate Technology Development Group]
2010

Gender and climate change: mapping the linkages. A scoping study on knowledge and gaps. Gender and climate change: mapping the linkages. A scoping study on knowledge and gaps.

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This paper is divided into three parts. The first part examines some of the differential impacts of climate change on men and women, as well as highlighting implications for gender in/equality. The second part takes a gendered approach to climate change adaptation, drawing particularly on a recent study from ActionAid and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). The final section provides insights into the complexities of climate change mitigation. It emphasises the need to include women in developing and implementing mitigation strategies, both to ensure their full participation in these processes and to ensure that such strategies are effective in addressing the ‘bigger picture’ of climate change and its human impacts.

Prepared for the UK Department for International Development by Alyson Brody, Justina Demetriades and Emily Esplen, BRIDGE, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK.

June 2008

Everything you need to know about climate change – interactive link Everything you need to know about climate change – interactive link

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Linked to: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2011/aug/15/everything-know-climate-change

The Guardian’s one-stop guide to the facts of global warming, from the science and politics to economics and technology, drawn from the
ultimate climate change FAQ.

Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change. (extern Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change. (extern

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Current efforts to address climate change focus mainly on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, mainly through cleaner energy strategies, and on attempting to reduce vulnerability of communities at risk by improving infrastructure to meet new energy and water needs. This report attempts to set out a compelling argument for including ecosystem‐based approaches to mitigation and adaptation as a third and essential pillar in national strategies to address climate change. Such ecosystem-based strategies can offer cost‐effective, proven and sustainable solutions contributing to, and complementing, other national and regional adaptation strategies.

Environment Department, the World Bank. June 2009.
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