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Hydro-Nationalism: Future Water Woes Call for Radical New Borders

23 October, 2019
Zachary Q. McCarty (St. Olaf College) and Elizabeth L. Chalec …

Rio Grande, Texas, river, water, basin, border
The Rio Grande river in the state of Texas, United States. | © David Mark/Pixabay

International political boundaries are arbitrary creations. Today’s borders are better described as imaginary lines on maps, rather than hard barriers between states. Often using mountains, rivers, or other geographical landmarks, modern borders are entrenched in historic tradition rather than logic and fact. As a result, today’s international borders are poorly equipped to handle modern challenges, in particular climate change, which has already begun to threaten the most important state resource, fresh water.

BlogA New Climate for Peace
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Security
Water

Region
Global Issues

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All Change and No Change: G20 Commitment on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, Ten Years On

09 October, 2019
Laura Merrill and Franziska Funke, IISD

Ten years after committing to rationalise and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, G20 countries still subsidise coal, oil and gas to the tune of around USD 150 billion annually. The process to try to move the G20 forward on this issue has been via peer review of fossil fuel subsidies, but these reviews need to be followed by action. Subsidy reforms could free up resources that could be channeled back into government programmes, which would be necessary to mitigate the impacts of rising energy prices on vulnerable populations and to help smooth reforms, and could also be spent on accelerating a clean energy transition.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Finance

Region
Global Issues
3

Forty years of tree-planting in China: successes and failures

06 September, 2019
Feng Hao, chinadialogue

In the Inner Mongolian county of Horinger, Northwestern China, afforestation efforts have transformed a barren, dusty landscape into a pine forest. Planting trees has diminished the sandstorms, boosted biodiversity and improved the environment generally. As the climate emergency worsens, the potential for planted trees to draw carbon out of the atmosphere is being re-examined. What can the world learn from the Chinese experience with afforestation?

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Forests

Region
Global Issues
Asia
4

EVENT SUMMARY: "Climate, Fragility and the SDGs: Lessons from Lake Chad"

24 July, 2019
adelphi

“Climate Security risks will materialise in very different ways and forms, whether we talk about  Lake Chad or about the Arctic, Bangladesh and the Small Island Developing States,” said the EU’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Joao Vale de Almeida, in his opening remarks. “But for the EU, there is no doubt, as underlined in 2016 in our Global Strategy, and reaffirmed by the 28 Ministers of Foreign Affairs, that climate change is a major threat to the security of the EU and to global peace and security more generally,” he said.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Security
Sustainable Transformation

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Issues
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Why has climate change adaptation become more important than ever in India?

24 July, 2019
Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram

As India grapples with the worsening impacts of climate change, the need to strengthen its adaptation efforts has become more significant than ever. Climate diplomacy and mainstreaming climate adaptation into the most vulnerable sectors could provide some solutions to overcoming barriers, such as the lack of sustainable funding.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Finance

Region
Global Issues
Asia
6

Managing climate and disaster risk in fragile states

09 July, 2019
Martin Ras, UNDP

No country is immune to natural hazards, but for fragile states, the effects are even more severe. Mostly, conflict prevention and humanitarian aid are seen as more pressing priorities to protect livelihoods there. This pushes efforts of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction to the bottom of the priority list and results in compounded pressures.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Capacity Building
Conflict Transformation
Development
Security

Region
Global Issues
7

Five things to watch at UN climate talks in Bonn

19 June, 2019
Chloé Farand, Climate Home News

From contentious rules on carbon trading, through efforts to raise ambition to who will host next year’s summit, negotiators have a full agenda this fortnight. Climate talks resume this week in Bonn, Germany, with negotiators working to finalise the last contentious points of the rulebook for the Paris Agreement.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Finance

Region
Global Issues
8

South Asia Needs to Adopt a Gender Mainstreaming Approach in Climate Policy

31 May, 2019
Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram

Women are vital for effective climate policy making and implementation. In South Asia, more needs to be done on systematically integrating women into policy processes - as active stakeholders and not merely as victims of climate risks.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Gender

Region
Global Issues
Asia