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Climate change and conflict could fuel hunger in 2020

16 January, 2020
Issa Sikiti da Silva, SciDev.Net

Millions of people across Sub-Saharan Africa could face grave hunger in the first half of 2020 because of armed conflict, political instability and climate change-linked disasters, a report says.
The report published by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) this month says that the countries affected will require life-saving food assistance and investment to prevent humanitarian catastrophes.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Land & Food

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
2

Australia’s bushfires and climate change: A media analysis

08 January, 2020
Daisy Dunne, Josh Gabbatiss and Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief

Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons, with swathes of the southern and eastern coastal regions having been ablaze for weeks.  As the fires have spread, there has been extensive media coverage both nationally and internationally documenting – and debating – their impacts. This Carbon Brief overview summarises how the fires – and the political response to them – have been covered by the media.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Forests

Region
Oceania & Pacific
3

Ethiopia’s climate fragility and security linkage too serious to ignore

25 November, 2019
Milen Yishak, Independent Consultant on Environmental Diplomacy

Until recently, impressive economic growth, stable leadership and its attractiveness as a foreign investment hub put Ethiopia in a positive spotlight. However, the country still ranks low in human development and is highly dependent on rainfed agriculture, making it particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Combined with existing tensions and inequalities, climate vulnerability can exacerbate security risks. To mitigate these linkages, Ethiopia’s leadership should support implementation of conflict-sensitive climate change adaptation policies and include climate security in its conflict mitigation strategy.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Land & Food

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
4

Europe’s carbon-rich peatlands show ‘widespread’ and ‘concerning’ drying trends

24 October, 2019
Josh Gabbatiss, Carbon Brief

European peatlands could turn from carbon sinks to sources as a quarter have reached levels of dryness unsurpassed in a record stretching back 2,000 years, according to a new study. This trend of “widespread” and “substantial” drying corresponds to recent climate change, both natural and human-caused, but may also be exacerbated by the peatlands being used for agriculture and fuel.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Land & Food

Region
Europe
Global Issues
5

Tackling Food Security and Protracted Crisis in Horn of Africa

11 October, 2019
Planetary Security Initiative

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has contributed $28 million to back FAO's work to boost the resilience of food systems in Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan - part of a new initiative to scale-up resilience-based development work in countries affected by protracted crises.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Capacity Building
Conflict Transformation
Development
Finance
Land & Food

Region
Middle East & North Africa
6

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
7

Linking climate change and peacebuilding in Colombia through land access

18 September, 2019
Sebastian Lema (Climate Focus) and Johanna Kleffmann (adelphi)

Colombia’s long-standing internal conflict and the country’s contribution to climate change share one common root cause: land concentration. Policies to strengthen access to land and to ensure sustainable land use might therefore hold the key to promoting peacebuilding in Colombia, while simultaneously reducing emissions.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Land & Food
Security

Region
South America
8

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
9

It’s not just energy – The multi-layered nature of decarbonisation

30 August, 2019
Dennis Tänzler, adelphi

Two events in August 2019 underlined the complexity of paving the way to a climate-neutral world: the publishing of the new IPCC report and the Amazon fires. Both events demand that climate diplomats move beyond a narrowed focus on energy in decarbonisation debates.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Land & Food

Region
Global Issues
10

Explainer: ‘Desertification’ and the role of climate change

30 September, 2019
Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief

The severity of desertification and its mutual relationship with climate change cannot be overstated. In light of the recent launch of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Robert McSweeney from Carbon Brief explains what desertification is, what role climate change plays, and what impact it has across the world.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Land & Food

Region
Global Issues
11

Organized crime in the Amazon: Illegal mining hotspots

02 October, 2019
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute

A new form of organized crime has recently been emerging in the Amazon: illegal mining. Miners fell trees, use high-grade explosives for blasting soils and dredge riverbeds. But the impacts go beyond environmental damage, bringing with it a slew of other social problems. Peace researcher Adriana Abdenur urges policymakers to improve coordination and argues that diplomacy may help prevent further conflicts, corruption and crime.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Forests
Minerals & Mining

Region
Central America & Caribbean
12

China eyes Argentina in global nuclear roll out

12 June, 2019
Lili Pike and Fermin Koop, China Dialogue

Costs, emissions and safety are at stake as Argentina and China look set to seal a nuclear power deal. In the midst of economic and political uncertainty, Argentina has doubled down on a major Chinese nuclear power deal. The new nuclear plant in Buenos Aires province will help meet Argentina’s energy needs with the support of Chinese technology and finance.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Energy

Region
South America
Asia