climate change event Articles

  • Functions of COP side-events in climate-change governance

    Side-events are the most visible venue for civil society involvement in international climate negotiations. The many varied functions that side-events fulfil for participants and organizers are identified and analysed for their contributions generally as well as for their contribution to the negotiation process. The analysis is based on two surveys of over 2,000 side-event participants and ...

  • Ancient lake outburst `holds clues to climate change events`

    A glacial lake outburst that occurred in the Himalayas thousands of years ago holds clues to the dangers faced by the entire Indus river valley system from similar events triggered by rapid climate change, say scientists. A team of Indian geologists from the University of Pune and the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, has been studying the site of the ancient outburst in a deep ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The connection between climate change and recent extreme weather events

    What do we know about the connection between climate change and recent extreme weather events, such as the heat waves, drought, and fires? Scientists agree that climate change has already primed the pump for extreme weather events: A recent report by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists compared the rising risk of extreme weather events to a baseball ...

  • Impact of climate change on flood and drought events in Huaihe River Basin, China

    The impact of climate change on floods and droughts in Huaihe River Basin is studied using a coupled land-surface hydrology model and continuous wavelet transform technique. Observed temperature in the basin has increased by approximately 0.228 °C per decade since 1951. Observed precipitation and simulated and observed streamflows are used to grade flood and drought events. Two composite grading ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Climate change, adaptation and water

    Impacts of climate change Observational evidence from all continents and most oceans shows that many natural systems are being affected by anthropogenic climate changes. The socio-economic impacts of climate change are significant: between 2000 and 2006, the frequency of disaster from extreme climate events worldwide increased by 187 per cent as compared with the previous decade, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Heat waves and climate change

    There has been a remarkable run of record shattering heat waves in recent years, from the Russian heat wave of 2010 that set forests ablaze to the historic heat wave in Texas in 2011 and the Summer in March in the U.S. Midwest in 2012. These events typify the ongoing trend driven by climate change. Climate change is already affecting extreme weather. The National Academy of Sciences reports that ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Answering climate change skeptics

    Occasionally, when I tell people at a professional or social event that I am a climate change engineer, I get scorn – from climate change skeptics. Perhaps you’ve met such people, too, when you identify yourself as working in the environmental or sustainability area. I divide such people into 2 groups: those idealistically anti-climate change or the environment and those who are ...


  • Adapting to climate change

    This assessment addresses climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation (1). Global climate observations, science and physical impacts as well as mitigation — the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions — are covered in separate analyses (2). To achieve the EU's objective of limiting the global temperature increase to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, global GHG emissions need ...

  • Meeting the climate change challenge

    I thank you for this kind introduction and for inviting me today. The Engineering Institute of Canada should be commended for hosting this event. I am here to outline some of the things that CSA is doing in the area of climate change. There is understandable uncertainty at the moment on the road Canada will choose to address this issue. However, there is more certainty about climate change itself ...


    By CSA Standards

  • Gender, water and climate change

    Climate change is a reality, and poses a serious long term threat to society and to the environment. Scientists have generated significant evidence that the use of fossil fuels, deforestation, and changes in land use have led to an increase in greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere, causing the Earth’s surface temperature to rise. This has already and will continue to result in changing ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Climate Change and Wealth Creation

    Sir Richard Branson, Chair of the Virgin Group of companies, was once quoted as saying “Climate Change is the biggest wealth creating opportunity of our generation”. He is probably right. Every environmental problem, challenge or risk factor carries with it the potential for solutions, and those solutions often have the makings of a business opportunity. That is ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • A Climate Change Reality Check

    The world spent $50 billion dollars per year on weather-related disasters in the 1980s, according to the World Bank. Today, we spend roughly ...

  • Regional climate change and adaptation

    Spanning the centre of continental Europe, the Alps play a crucial role in accumulating and supplying water to the continent. Recognised as the 'water towers of Europe', the mountains host most of the headwaters of the rivers Danube, Rhine, Po and Rhone; as such, they deliver vital ecosystem services both within and beyond the region, underpinning social and economic wellbeing in vast lowland ...

  • Driving climate change

    This autumn the European Parliament and Council of Ministers are expected to cast their final votes on fuel efficiency standards for cars. The EU positions itself as a world leader on climate change, yet it has steadfastly failed to stand up to he car lobby. If the EU does not effectively legislate for greater fuel efficiency, it is in danger of failing to meet its own 2020 greenhouse gas ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • The Climate is Changing. Food and Agriculture Must Change Too.

    On October 16th, we celebrate World Food Day. It is a day of action against hunger, which is one of the biggest global challenges. Since we expect that global population will reach 9.6 billion by 2050, we need to act now. Our global goal is to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. This is because, food is the basic human need and without addressing climate change, we cannot produce sufficient quantities ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Climate Change: Business Risks and Opportunities

    Ecometrica and Lord Stanley Fink were delighted to host more than 40 corporate sustainability directors, environment experts, investors, NGOs and government representatives to Lord Fink’s penthouse apartment for an invitation-only, post-work briefing on the business risks and opportunities that may arise from climate change. With a formal address from Lord Fink followed by a full briefing ...


    By Ecometrica

  • Methodology for risk assessment of flash flood events due to climate and land-use changes: application to the Llobregat basin

    Global change, including climate, land-use and socio-economic changes, is expected to increase the stress on the entire water cycle. In the Mediterranean region, extreme events are likely to increase due to climate change. This work, framed in the EC Seventh Framework Programme project IMPRINTS, presents a methodology to obtain future flood risk maps using climate and land-use scenarios, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Rapid climate change: an overview for economists

    The possibility of future rapid climatic changes is a pressing concern amongst climate scientists. For example, an abrupt collapse of the ocean's Thermohaline Circulation (THC) would rapidly cool the northern hemisphere and reduce the net global primary productivity of vegetation, according to computer models. It is unclear how to incorporate such low-probability, high-impact events into the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Growing Hope, A Climate Change Report

    While the world’s leaders met in Paris for COP21, the World Forestry Center convened 26 leading organizations working to address climate change in the region and worldwide. They discussed the role of global forests in addressing climate change, and interviewed The Climate Trust to showcase how they are #GrowingHope. Mik McKee, The Climate Trust’s Senior Forestry Analyst ...


    By The Climate Trust

  • Risk, investment, and opportunity in a changing climate

    To stay competitive, companies will need to find ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Record breaking wildfires raging in Arizona, massive flooding disrupting lives from Iowa to Vermont — extreme weather events have been at the forefront of America’s national consciousness. Yet these events and their repercussions are hardly limited to the United States. Think back last ...

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