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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Guest Post: Water and Conflict in Kenya

Water, conflict and rediscovering traditional knowledge in Kenya  This article was first published on the Acclimatise News Network and is republished with permission.   By Joab Omondi As climate change continues to bite hard in developing countries, many governments in Africa have come to realise that there is an urgent need for adaptation to cushion their…

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…

Discuss a global adaptation goal now, not later

A goal for adaptation must be included in any legal climate instrument at Paris 2015. The reasons for it are simple, logical, and obvious, and developed countries, particularly US and the EU, need to accept them now, for everyone’s sake later. At the recent climate talks in Bonn, developing country negotiators clashed with the EU…

Behind the numbers – a look at ND-GAIN

How do you compare where countries stand on climate change? How vulnerable are they to slow or fast changes, and how prepared are they to adapt? Most likely, you’ll turn to one of the several “big data” platforms around which can give you a good summary (See: Maplecroft Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) and Risk…