Posts in the 'Climate Resilience' category
At World Urban Forum, Renewed Urgency to Safeguard Vulnerable Communities
At World Urban Forum, Renewed Urgency to Safeguard Vulnerable Communities
“Acknowledgement, voice and the right to negotiate” – that’s what’s needed to bring the world’s urban poor back into the system and begin creating cities that work for everyone, said Sheela Patel, chair of Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI), at the 10th ...
City Leaders Must Prioritize Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Communities
City Leaders Must Prioritize Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Communities
As thousands of urban leaders gather in Abu Dhabi for the World Urban Forum, the impacts of the climate crisis on cities have become more visible than ever. Severe floods tore through Jakarta last month. Heatwaves scorched cities from India to Europe last year. ...
5 Strategies that Achieve Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Simultaneously
5 Strategies that Achieve Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Simultaneously
Climate actions have often fallen into one of two strategies: mitigation efforts to lower or remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, and adaptation efforts to adjust systems and societies to withstand the impacts of climate change. The separation has led to ...
Transforming Transportation 2020 Day 2: Can Mobility Be a Bridge to the New Economy?
Transforming Transportation 2020 Day 2: Can Mobility Be a Bridge to the New Economy?
“All the things we want to do [in transport] are good for the climate. The question is how do we get there? How can transport be the champion?” said Ani Dasgupta, global director of WRI Ross Center, on the final ...
Faced with Relocation, the People of One Philippine City Designed Their Own Climate-Resilient Neighborhood
Faced with Relocation, the People of One Philippine City Designed Their Own Climate-Resilient Neighborhood
In Pasig City, Philippines, southeast of Manila, there’s an apartment complex with whitewashed walls and colorful trim. It’s an unassuming set of buildings, but a globally important one. The Manggahan Low Rise Building Project is a climate-resilient building, meant to ...
In Gorakhpur, India, Citizens Use Nature to Rein in Floods
In Gorakhpur, India, Citizens Use Nature to Rein in Floods
Monsoon season has always brought torrential downpours to Gorakhpur, India, but the city has seen record-breaking rainfall in the last few years. Residents of the northern Indian city often find their streets submerged in water, their houses waterlogged. Stagnant floodwaters ...
Local Communities Aren’t Just Climate Victims. They’re Climate Adaptation Leaders
Local Communities Aren’t Just Climate Victims. They’re Climate Adaptation Leaders
“Poor and vulnerable” is a common refrain in climate change stories. It’s a phrase used with good reason, to highlight how climate change disproportionately affects the disenfranchised. Economically, politically and socially vulnerable communities feel climate impacts first and hardest. They have fewer ...
Photo Essay: Poor Communities in Surat, India, Take Climate Resilience into Their Own Hands
Photo Essay: Poor Communities in Surat, India, Take Climate Resilience into Their Own Hands
Urban flooding is a major and growing concern. Japan experienced floods and mudslides that killed more than 120 people last year. The Indian state of Kerala witnessed a 100-year flood that swamped several metropolitan areas. And a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on ...
4 Ways Cities Can Build More Climate-Resilient Neighborhoods
4 Ways Cities Can Build More Climate-Resilient Neighborhoods
As 21st century cities continue to grow, their capacities to adapt, learn and transform need to increase as well, especially in vulnerable neighborhoods. Cities are key players in the global movement to address the threats posed by climate change. Cities ...
Stronger Than the Storm: 3 Lessons for Building Climate Resilience in Poor Urban Communities
Stronger Than the Storm: 3 Lessons for Building Climate Resilience in Poor Urban Communities
Climate change affects poor and marginalized communities first and hardest. These effects are happening now – not in a far-fetched future. Particularly in cities, a lack of access to basic services, a long history of unsustainable urban development, and political ...
5 Major Cities Threatened by Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
5 Major Cities Threatened by Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a special report on the social and economic consequences of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming compared to 2 degrees Celsius. Changing the temperature in your home by one or two ...
Protecting Forests Near and Far: Cities4Forests Launches at GCAS
Protecting Forests Near and Far: Cities4Forests Launches at GCAS
Most people don’t associate cities with trees, but urban areas are actually dependent on healthy forests. Trees within cities reduce heat, provide spaces for recreation and socialization, and increase property values. Nearby trees in the watersheds around cities filter drinking water and ...
Improving Urban Climate Resilience in 2018 Requires More Data – and Urgency
Improving Urban Climate Resilience in 2018 Requires More Data – and Urgency
With the new year just starting, urban decision-makers are planning their 2018 to-do lists, and resilience is the perfect place to start. In 2017, natural disasters stole the show, flooding the headlines and trending on social media. More than 40 ...
Photo Essay: A Look at How Climate Change Affects Poor Urban Communities in Surat and Semarang
Photo Essay: A Look at How Climate Change Affects Poor Urban Communities in Surat and Semarang
One of the biggest challenges to climate action is not only understanding the risks of flooding, extreme heat and other challenges, but how your community might respond to these risks. What are its strengths? How might policymakers augment existing capacities ...
Despite Some Major Bumps, Bonn Climate Summit Got the Job Done
Despite Some Major Bumps, Bonn Climate Summit Got the Job Done
By the time the last gavel came down early in the morning of November 18, international climate negotiators in Bonn paved the way to the next climate summit in Katowice, Poland in 2018. There, the rules underpinning the Paris Agreement ...
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