Oxfam – Hot and hungry

Welcome back to Digested Reads – telling you what to think about reports that tell you what to think. This week, Oxfam’s “Hot and Hungry” – How do we stop climate change making people hungry. Context: The IPCC is preparing to officially release its 5th Assessment report on Climate Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation. Various newspapers have used leaked…

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…

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…

The Sunday Storm

Welcome to our new feature – The Sunday Storm, (which may also become Tuesday Two, or Friday Four, depending on whatever alliteration feels right), where we sum up and throw some half-baked opinions out at the climate world, and have some fun in the process. 1) It’s all kicking off this week as negotiators meet…

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…

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…

Seizing the Challenge – WEF on Adaptation

Welcome to our new feature – Digested Reads, in which we break down and review those reports you don’t have time for. Also known as “telling you what to think about reports that tell you what to think”. First up – The World Economic Forum: Climate Adaptation – Seizing the Challenge… Climate adaptation has made…