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Agriculture: Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops, research finds

Agriculture: Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops, research finds | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Harvests will fall dramatically during severe heatwaves, predicted to become many times more likely in coming decades

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New pathways to resilience: Outcomes of the Climate Change Adaptation in Africa program 2006-2012

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How do we tell whether climate change adaptation is making headway?

How do we tell whether climate change adaptation is making headway? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

IIED and partners Garama 3C ltd and Adaptify are developing tailored frameworks to help developing countries evaluate their climate adaptation investments: not just the ‘outputs’ these produce, but the ‘outcomes’ they deliver.

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‘Don’t leave this to your children’: could climate finance unlock a deal on Climate Change?

‘Don’t leave this to your children’: could climate finance unlock a deal on Climate Change? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Just back from the Doha climate talks, Oxfam’s Campaigns and Policy Director Phil Bloomer discusses the tensions and relative climate change records of rich and poorcountry governments.

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Will Philippines negotiator's tears change our course on climate change?

Will Philippines negotiator's tears change our course on climate change? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

At the COP18 climate talks, the Filipino delegate broke down as he appealed to the world: 'no more delays, no more excuses'

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If extreme weather becomes the norm, starvation awaits

If extreme weather becomes the norm, starvation awaits | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

With forecasts currently based only on averages, food production may splutter out even sooner than we feared...

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Food scarcity: the timebomb setting nation against nation

Food scarcity: the timebomb setting nation against nation | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

As the UN and Oxfam warn of the dangers ahead, expert analyst Lester Brown says time to solve the problem is running out...

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Japan pledges more aid for development

Japan pledges more aid for development | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Japan is committed to providing Vietnam with Official Development Assistance (ODA) to help develop infrastructure and cope with climate change.

 

This was confirmed by Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba while receiving Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Tokyo on July 2.

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If President Rousseff passes the forest code, it won't be only Brazil that suffers

If President Rousseff passes the forest code, it won't be only Brazil that suffers | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Brazil has a proud record of protecting the environment, but a bill allowing deforestation would undermine the Rio+20 summit...

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Global climate treaty may demand more carbon cuts from 'poor' countries

Global climate treaty may demand more carbon cuts from 'poor' countries | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Old divisions between developed and developing countries in who should lead the fight against climate change should be laid aside, according to ministers from some of the world's poorest countries and European representatives meeting on Tuesday.

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Southern African countries collaborate on plans for climate research centre

Southern African countries collaborate on plans for climate research centre | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Five countries in southern Africa have joined forces to launch a research centre that will work on combating climate change in the region. South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia signed a declaration on Wednesday to base the initiative in the Namibian capital Windhoek.

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Hear our call - Climate change testimonies from Kenya

To enhance dialogue between communities and other actors in the climate change sector, Oxfam has facilitated communities in Wajir and Turkana to undertake climate change hearings. The purpose of conducting hearings is to facilitate a common understanding on how the climate is changing, how it affects people and what people can do at different levels to mitigate and adapt to the changes. In this respect, such hearings bring together climate experts, experts in livestock and crop production, policy makers and community members in one discussion forum.

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UN climate chief Christiana Figueres calls for an “energy revolution”

UN climate chief Christiana Figueres calls for an “energy revolution” | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
New technologies and the involvement of the private sector are needed to tackle climate change emissions and power the world said Christiana Figueres...
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Global Trends 2030: top report from US intelligence

Global Trends 2030: top report from US intelligence | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The new ‘Global Trends 2030’ report from the US National Intelligence Council shares the usual flaws on its scenarios, and is understandably US-centric (the NIC is a US government body), but its description of trends feels spot on, albeit a bit cursory on climate change. In Rumsfeldian terms, it summarizes the known knowns – ‘megatrends’, reflecting underlying ‘tectonic shifts’, but adds in a discussion of known unknowns, both long-term processes  - ‘game changers’,  and (mainly negative) discrete events – ‘black swans’.

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Interesting points on Chian's collapse, solar storms, global middle class and ageing populations

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Poll and debate | Should rich countries compensate poorer ones for the damage done by climate change?

Poll and debate | Should rich countries compensate poorer ones for the damage done by climate change? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A deal at the Doha conference paves the way for funds to be awarded to developing nations to repair the damage caused by climate change. Do you agree with the move?

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REDD+: What is needed to make it work for the poor?

REDD+: What is needed  to make it work for the poor? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

While REDD+ is aimed at reducing emissions from forests, its effectiveness will depend on how much the benefits trickle down to those living closest to the forest. These same rural households are also best placed to provide local evidence of what works and what doesn’t, to influence decisions on REDD+ architecture at the national and international level.

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COP18: Frustration over lack of cash for poor countries

COP18: Frustration over lack of cash for poor countries | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Deep frustration with the low ambition of rich countries to cut emissions and help developing countries with money to adapt to climate change bubbled over on Wednesday with diplomats urging each other to act in the last hours before the climate change talks close on Friday.

 

Finance for 2013-20 has emerged as the most contentious issue with the US, China, India and the EU all at loggerheads. So far, only Britain and Germany, among more than 20 rich countries, have pledged to provide cash until 2015 or after.

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UK pledges £133m more for Africa to tackle climate change

UK pledges £133m more for Africa to tackle climate change | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Energy secretary Ed Davey announces additional funding to support renewable energy projects and cut carbon emissions

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UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013

UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned.

 

• Global grain reserves hit critically low levels
• Extreme weather means climate 'is no longer reliable'
• Rising food prices threaten disaster and unrest

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Report warns of global food insecurity as climate change destroys fisheries

Report warns of global food insecurity as climate change destroys fisheries | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Persian Gulf, Libya, and Pakistan are at high risk of food insecurity in coming decades because climate change and ocean acidification are destroying fisheries, according to a report released on Monday.

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Francesca's comment, September 24, 2012 8:28 AM
Sconvolgente! Ennesimo allarme sui disastri causati dai cambiamneti climatici e dall'inquinamento. Ma servirà a qualcosa?
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Making smallholder farms sustainable

Making smallholder farms sustainable | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The draft outcome document of the Rio+20 summit mentions smallholder farmers – many of them women – in growing acknowledgment of their importance in terms of food security, with the continued threat of famine in the Sahel, and environmental sustainability, as farming accounts for at least 14% of global greenhouse emissions.

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Peru's coffee growers turn carbon traders to save their farms from climate change

Peru's coffee growers turn carbon traders to save their farms from climate change | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Global warming threatens the future of Peru's poorest coffee farmers, but one brand thinks it has found an answer on the financial markets...

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Honduras Hosts Debate on Climate Change

Honduras Hosts Debate on Climate Change | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Government of Honduras is the host and organising country for the First Latin American and Caribbean Dialogue on Climate Change Finance and Development Effectiveness. This event will be held on 3 and 4 May. Representatives from the highest levels of government in over 20 countries and government officials involved in international cooperation and governmental agencies will be attending the event.

 

EUROCLIMA is a regional programme for development cooperation of the European Commission and Latin America focused on improving the knowledge of Latin American decision-makers and scientists on the problems ...

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Aid case studies: Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership, and more

Aid case studies: Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership, and more | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

I am a firm believer in the importance of case studies when it comes to the study of aid. Aid comes in so many diverse forms that studies of aid aggregates tell us little. Last week Erik Olbrei and I were finally able to release our study on the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership (KFCP), which is summarized in this post. 

 

The story of KFCP is a fascinating one. It aims to reflood and replant drained peatland in Kalimantan thereby reducing the risk of fire and carbon dioxide emissions....

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Global Climate Models 'Need Regional Sensitivity'

Global Climate Models 'Need Regional Sensitivity' | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Global climate change models are of limited use to agricultural policymakers in some regions of the developing world, according to a report by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).


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