Climate Change, Syria and the future: Why the refugees will keep on coming

The cases of Syria and Egypt suggest that the impacts of climate change can play a role in stoking the flames of insecurity and strife in corrupt and authoritarian states. Because of this, refugees will continue to head West. The case for international climate aid and moral leadership has never been stronger.

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IPCC Report – 3 Things the Media Missed

  The summary of the Impact, Vulnerability and Adaptation report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change came out today, and the media have churned out as much of their climate stuff as possible all on the same day. A scan of the media coverage provides some easy things to scare your kids with before bed. Some…

ADP 4 – What mattered for adaptation?

The world took uncertain steps toward a global climate deal last week, as negotiators met in Bonn to discuss issues around the nature of what such a deal might look like. The meeting, known as ADP 4 (standing for “4th Ad hoc working group on the Durban Platform for enhanced action), was supposed to be…

Little progress as Green Climate Fund delays till May

What’s the meeting about anyway? The board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) met last week in Bali to work out how to allocate, spend and disburse its donated money last week, amid criticisms of “corporate capture” and lack of any serious financial commitment so far. Why does it matter? The GCF was established in…

News: Civil Society attacks “corporate takeover” of GCF

The board of the Green Climate Fund will meet this week in Bali, hoping to hammer down some of the remaining strategy and governance issues before it gets into the business of collecting and distributing climate finance. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the new, fancy, UN established climate financing body, and is supposed to be…