climate change adaptation News

  • Adapting to climate change in Bangladesh

    Natural disasters — particularly tropical cyclones, tornadoes, storm surges and flooding — occur frequently in Bangladesh. With changing weather patterns, these disasters are predicted to become both more frequent and more intense. During the past century, over 400 tropical cyclones have struck Bangladesh's coast, causing widespread devastation and death. Earlier this year, Cyclone ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Adapting to climate change in Bangladesh

    Floating gardens, raised homes, and reflections from the field. WRI’s Aarjan Dixit recently attended the 5th Annual Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change Conference in Bangladesh. As part of the conference, participants visited local communities to see ...

  • Finding finance for climate change adaptation

    Additional funding mechanisms are required to finance adaptation to climate change in developing countries, according to a new study. The study predicts how relationships between costs associated with adapting to and mitigating against climate change, and costs associated with damages caused by climate change, will progress over the next century. Even if policy measures designed to mitigate ...

  • Adapting crops and ‘natives’ to a changing climate

    CSIRO scientists are investigating the potentially damaging effects climate change will have on Australia’s agricultural crops and native plants as carbon dioxide concentrations, temperatures and rainfall patterns change. "We're facing an urgent need to develop new crop varieties for anticipated conditions in 20 to 50 years," said a team leader in the climate-ready cereals project at ...

  • Social barriers to climate change adaptation

    Barriers to climate change adaptation are often considered to be ecological, economical, physical or technological. But a recent analysis argues that there are also significant social barriers. Ethics, knowledge, attitudes to risk and cultural values which hamper adaptation must be considered in decision-making processes, say the authors. It is undisputed that adapting to climate change will ...

  • Farmers: strategies for adapting to climate change

    Climate change could have a significant influence on agriculture. However, the impacts will largely depend on how farms are managed to adapt to change. A recent study considers interactions between climate variability, farm management and the combined impact on productivity. It discusses how farms in different regions of Europe will have to change their farm management practices, such as ...

  • Report – adapting farming to climate change

    Bringing together the latest science from research groups around Australia, the report includes chapters on each of Australia’s major agricultural sectors, with a focus on steps that can be taken to adjust to the ongoing changes in our climate. Speaking to the Farm Writers Association of NSW in Sydney today, co-editor of the report, CSIRO scientist Dr Mark Howden, said it was time for agriculture ...

  • Climate change in Quebec - adapting to the unknown

    A clear message emerges from the Quebec chapter of the Natural Resource Canada Report, From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate; many of the inevitable impacts of climate change on the province are difficult to predict which makes adaptation strategies difficult to develop. According to the report all projected climate change scenarios for Quebec "remain tinged with ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Confusion Slows Adaptation to Climate Change

    Ontario’s acting Environmental Commissioner said a lack of coordinated and easy-to-use projections for climate change is making it hard for government and business leaders to adapt to the new reality. Ellen Schwartzel said businesses, governments and individuals need accurate forecasts of the changing climate if they are to figure out how to adapt to the coming changes. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Adapting to climate change - Impacts for business

    Changes in the Earth's climate system are already creating issues for how business operates. While the magnitude and frequency of climate impacts is uncertain, the consequences of some climate change impacts are now unavoidable. These include, water scarcity, disruption of international markets, increased frequency of extreme weather events, and potential mass migration of people. According to ...

  • European farmers - adapting to climate change

    A changing climate will significantly affect the future of the agricultural sector in Europe. A new report shows that management practices are important factors in reducing the impacts of a changing climate. Researchers compared climate data with farm performance data1 across the EU152, also taking into account policy, land use, size and intensity of farming, in order to investigate the effects ...

  • Help pastoralists adapt to climate change

    Pastoralists in East Africa's arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) need to be empowered to adapt to, and survive, climate change, a report by a humanitarian organisation says. “Pastoralists across East Africa are starting to learn to live with the reality of climate change, adapting as they can to its impact,” Oxfam International says in a report launched on 18 August in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. ...


    By IRIN

  • Equality is key to effective climate change adaptation

    Climate change adaptation measures could improve the security of some groups of society at the expense of others, a new study concludes. Climate change adaptation policies should be based on genuine democracy and investment must be fairly distributed, to ensure that all at-risk groups benefit equally, its authors recommend. Climate change will increase the challenge of managing water resources, ...

  • University and Government work together on climate change adaption

    Cranfield University's Risk Centre is playing an important research role for the UK Government in implementing the risk assessment legislation within the Climate Change Act. The Climate Change Act 2008 introduced the Adaptation Reporting Power which allows Government to ask public sector organisations, and statutory undertakers (such as water companies and electricity distributors) to report on ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Increasing plant diversity: the answer to climate change adaptation?

    Extreme weather events are expected to increase in frequency and magnitude as the global climate changes. The effect of this on plant productivity in Europe is largely unknown. Researchers have recreated extreme weather conditions in isolated plots to assess the impact on plant productivity. They found that the response of plants to the conditions depended on the diversity within a plant ...

  • Green Week 2009: Climate change – act and adapt

    With a new international climate agreement due to be finalised at the Copenhagen conference in December, climate change is the natural focus for the European Commission's Green Week 2009 conference taking place from 23 to 26 June at the Charlemagne Building in Brussels. Under the slogan 'act and adapt', Green Week, the biggest annual conference devoted to European environment policy, will examine ...

  • London waste collection needs to adapt to climate change

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said that London needs about 300 more waste management facilities to cope with the effects of climate change. He launched a draft consultation document entitled London Climate Change Adaptation Strategy last week. The document highlighted the possibility of climate change affecting the type and quantity of waste the city produces, and suggested that collection ...


    By Emap Ltd

  • NOC to support Madagascan adaptation to climate change

    NOC scientists will be using global ocean models to identify the most effective way for low income countries, such as Madagascar, to adapt to climate change. For example, ocean warming model projections will help identify the future risk of coral bleaching, which enables planning for the impact on the fisheries and tourism that depend on the reef. The NOC is playing a key role in this pioneering ...

  • Integrating water with climate change adaptation plans

    This policy brief, published by the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, argues that water resource management should not be overlooked in plans for climate change adaptation in Africa. Africa is vulnerable to climate change impacts which ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Extreme weather driving countries to adapt to climate change

    Adapting to climate change has reached the political agenda in most European countries, according to the most comprehensive analysis of adaptation in Europe published to date. Extreme weather events and EU policies were the most common reasons for beginning to address adaptation. The survey brings together detailed responses from 30 European countries, which are analysed in ' ...

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