impacts of climate change Articles

  • Impacts of climate change in monetary terms? Issues for developing countries

    This paper raises some issues that may explain why developing countries are more reluctant than developed countries to let monetary estimates of the impacts of climate change determine climate policy. Many limitations of cost-benefit analysis become even stronger when applied to economies with distorted markets and limited abilities to adapt to new economic conditions. The implicit influence of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises

    Both abrupt changes in the physical climate system and steady changes in climate that can trigger abrupt changes in other physical, biological, and human systems present possible threats to nature and society. Abrupt change is already underway in some systems, and large scientific uncertainties about the likelihood of other abrupt changes highlight the need for further research. However, with ...


    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

  • Environment as infrastructure: Resilience to climate change impacts on water through investments in nature

    Impacts of climate change, in combination with other drivers of global change, are compromising our ability to address global economic, security and social priorities. As floods, drought and other impacts of climate change on water become more frequent or intense, economies and livelihood security ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Climate change in BC – coming to grips with reality

    A report quietly released last month by Natural Resources Canada noted that significant impacts of climate change were already evident in all parts of the country and that these growing and irreversible changes would have profound implications for our economy, our lifestyles and our ecosystems. ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Predicting the impacts of climate change on the evolutionary adaptations of polar fish

    The recognition of the important role of the polar habitats in global climate changes has awakened great interest in the  evolutionary biology of the organisms that live there, as well as the increasing threat of loss of biological diversity and depletion of marine fisheries. These organisms are exposed to strong environmental constraints, and it is important to understand how they have adapted ...


    By Springer-Verlag GmbH

  • Analyses and effects of global change on human health and welfare and human systems

    Climate change, interacting with changes in land use and demographics, will affect important human dimensions in the United States, especially those related to human health, settlements and welfare. The challenges presented by population growth, an aging population, migration patterns, and urban and coastal development will be compounded by changes in temperature, precipitation, and extreme ...

  • Adapting to the future: the role of science academies in capacity building

    The 21st century will confront many challenges arising from resource scarcity, climate change, emerging diseases, and other yet to be recognised causes. These challenges are global and do not respect political boundaries. Wealthy nations cannot avoid the impacts of climate change or disease epidemics or other resource stresses that may have sources elsewhere in the world. International ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Taking Back the Power: How Becoming Accountable for Climate Change Will Drive Us Forward

    One thing has become clearer and clearer the longer I am in the sustainability field. To have even the remotest chance of reducing the impact of climate change, we need action across all levels of society – government, business, and local communities – and that needs to start on an individual level. Multi-stakeholder action is not a new notion by any means, yet despite its simplicity, ...


    By Sphera

  • The impacts of climate change on water diversion strategies for a water deficit reservoir

    This paper presents an assessment framework that analyses the impacts of climate change on the water diversion strategies of a water transfer project in China. A water diversion strategy consists of high and low water levels as well as related diversion flows in four operating periods: pre-flood, flood, post-flood and non-flood periods. The optimal water diversion problem is defined as a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Climate Change Impact on Hydro-meterological Variables: A Review

    Due to increasing concentration of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, several hydro-meteorological variables are likely to be significantly impacted. Reservoir operations, crop production, erosion processes, runoff production and many other hydrological processes are likely to be impacted by the ongoing climate change. This paper presents a comprehensive review of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The impacts of climate change on poverty alleviation: Managing the risks

    This paper will consider the distributional impact of climate change on developed and developing countries and, in particular, flag the potential for climate change policies to negate development objectives for the poorest countries. Developing countries, such as China, India, Brazil and Mexico, are essential participants to the success of any global campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ...

  • Briefing 1/2007 - Climate change and water adaptation issues

    The impact of climate change on Europe's water resources is a critical issue for people's lives and the economy. Even if emissions of greenhouse gases were stabilised today, increases in temperature and the associated impacts, including water availability and flooding, will continue for many decades to come. Countries are aware of these impacts and have started to adapt to them but there is still ...

  • Impacts of climate change on rainfall extremes and urban drainage systems: a review

    A review is made of current methods for assessing future changes in urban rainfall extremes and their effects on urban drainage systems, due to anthropogenic-induced climate change. The review concludes that in spite of significant advances there are still many limitations in our understanding of how to describe precipitation patterns in a changing climate in order to design and operate urban ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A climate of change: African Americans, global warming, and a just climate policy for the US

    Everywhere we turn, the issues and impacts of climate change confront us. One of the most serious environmental threats facing the world today, climate change has moved from the minds of scientists and offices of environmentalists to the mainstream. Though the media is dominated by images of polar bears, melting glaciers, flooded lands, and arid desserts, there is a human face to this story as ...


    By Redefining Progress

  • Impacts of Climate Change on Rainfall Extremes and Urban Drainage Systems

    Cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to flooding because of rapid urbanization, installation of complex infrastructure, and changes in the precipitation patterns caused by anthropogenic climate change. While there are many previous works that have dealt with the effects of urbanization, the number of quantitative assessment studies related to the impacts of climate change on urban drainage ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Measuring climate change adaptation in Pacific small island states: nissology and success

    Pacific small island states (PSIS) currently experience harsh impacts of a changing climate: sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, internal migration and displacement. Are adaptation strategies based upon island-centric principles more successful than those originating from a more continental point of view? This research examined the principles of island-centric thinking using an island-centric ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Climate change, urbanisation and hydrological impacts

    This paper is a review of recent studies that addressed the hydrological impacts, especially on streamflow, of climate change and/or urbanisation. Articles published between 1996 and 2002 on this subject were reviewed focusing on research methods and results. The main issues addressed with regard to research methods include development of climate change and urbanisation scenarios, assessment of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The health impacts of climate change and variability in developing countries

    Health is a focus reflecting the combined impacts of climate change on the physical environment, ecosystems, the economic environment and society. Long-term changes in the world's climate may affect many requisites of good health - sufficient food, safe and adequate drinking water and secure dwelling. The current large-scale social and environmental changes mean that we must assign a much higher ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Climate change, rights of future generations and intergenerational equity: an in-expert exploration of a dark and cloudy path

    This paper stresses that the impacts of climate change would be distributed unevenly over future generations in a yet unknown way. It also discusses the limitations of mainstream economics to deal with issues of intergenerational equity, noting the possibilities of different ways to select an appropriate discount rate. Given these limitations, great care must be applied in using tools from ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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