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Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most important questions of our century. As we have witnessed the three hottest years on record, marked by unparalleled natural disasters, droughts, floods, and extreme temperatures, how can academic research help us improve our strategies to increase climate change resilience and adaptation? 

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  • 14 January 2019
  • Post by Fanaian, Safa
Cities and rivers: the policy challenges of water management

Cities are burdened with visions of future growth while grappling with inadequate infrastructure, climatic risk, local politics, and multiple layers...

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  • 16 December 2018
  • Post by Multiple
Radical urban transitions needed to avoid dangerous global warming

The special report by the International Panel on Climate Change warns that radical social transformation is essential to avoid a global temperature...

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  • 26 November 2018
  • Post by Schipper, Lisa
Adapting to climate change: the need for acceptance

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a special report on global warming of 1.5ºC, which underscores that actions to...

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  • 15 October 2018
  • Post by Markandya, Anil
Coastal cities: responding to the threat from climate change

Coastal communities constitute a growing share of the world’s population, but they face an increased risk of flooding as a result of climate change...

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  • 18 July 2018
  • Post by Multiple
Infrastructure investment and climate change: twin development challenges

The role and financing of infrastructure to enhance economic growth has resurfaced as a major focus of development researchers and professionals...

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  • 04 July 2018
  • Post by Herslund, Lise Byskov
Towards water-resilient cities in Africa

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to urban areas state that everybody has the right to a life with clean water, modern...

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  • 23 May 2018
  • Post by Multiple
Rising temperatures: the impact on employment and migration in rural Mexico

Climate scientists predict that the number of extreme heat days will increase in many parts of the developing world. This column reports research...

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  • 10 May 2018
  • Post by Archer, Diane
Preparing to deal with crises: a toolkit for local communities

How should local communities prepare to deal with a potential shock such as flooding, drought or an economic crisis? Which resources – internal and...

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  • 07 May 2018
  • Post by Wickramasinghe, Kanchana
Climate insurance for Sri Lankan farmers: potential and practicalities

Farmers and other groups that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change need effective risk management strategies. This...

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  • 03 May 2018
  • Post by Multiple
Responses to climate change in coastal communities: lessons from India

How can coastal cities respond to the threat of extreme weather events due to climate change? This column outlines the vulnerability, exposure and...

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