Late Warnings for Warsaw – Haiyan and its companions
Due to the devastating and tragic impacts, super-typhoon Haiyan was omnipresent at the opening session of the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Warsaw on 11 November, and will most likely continue to do so until the end of the two week negotiations. For the COP 19 negotiators it is a matter of credibility to present results on the “loss and damage” agenda.
The Geopolitical Implications of U.S. Shale as a Global Resource
Shale energy is providing national economic and security benefits as the U.S. has raced to become the second largest global energy supplier. The enormity of global shale gas potential will have significant geopolitical ramifications and exert a powerful influence on U.S. energy and foreign policy.
New Approaches for Foreign Policy to Address Climate Change in Africa
Regional high-level experts and decision-makers met in Addis Ababa on 24 October 2013 to identify new policy approaches to address the challenges from climate change to Africa, in particular regarding food, energy, water and migration. The impacts of climate change emphasize the necessity for a new profile of Climate Diplomacy.
What Needs to Happen Next on Air Pollution in China
“Golden Week” was anything but golden for Beijingers as the city was once again blanketed by heavy haze. For Beijing, it is indeed depressing to know that it is only a matter of time until the next round of haze hits. Reducing coal consumption and better research into the causes of air pollution are two necessary elements of any plan to improve Beijing's air, argues Li Shuo on ChinaDialogue.
Climate, Water & Food Security: Two Views from South Asia
Why Eastern Himalayan Countries Should Cooperate in Transboundary Water Resource Management
In the Eastern Himalayas, 700 million people depend on the erratic water supplies from the river system of Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna. How can regional cooperation improve water security and livelihoods in the region? The ECC editorial team has talked to Golam Rasul, theme leader for livelihoods at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal. He is author of a recent paper on opportunities for cooperation in transboundary water resource management in the Eastern Himalayas.
Climate, Water & Food Security: Two Views from South Asia
Climate and Food Challenges in Bangladesh: a Perfect Storm?
When it comes to climate change vulnerability, it sometimes seems as if all eyes are on Bangladesh. NewSecurityBeat’s Jacob Glass has interviewed Saleemul Huq, senior fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London, former executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies, and lead author of two chapters on adaptation and sustainable development in the IPCC’s third and fourth assessment reports.
The global health community, including policy makers, experts and civil society representatives, is invited to join the Climate and Health Summit 2013 that will be held during the UNFCCC COP 19 negotiations in Warsaw, Poland. ...
Call for Session Proposals: Climate Engineering Conference 2014
The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) is now accepting proposals for sessions of the Climate Engineering Conference 2014 that is to take place on 18-21 August in Berlin, Germany. ...
Harvesting Peace: Food Security, Conflict, and Cooperation
The latest ECSP report investigates interconnections of food security and conflict, and draws conclusions for U.S. development cooperation. The publication was launched in September 2013 at an event featuring the author of the report Emmy Simmons as well as UN and USAID officials. The report launch video, participants’ podcasts and a photo gallery are available online.
The publication documents the outcomes of the conference on Water Security, Risk and Society organised by the University of Oxford Water Network in April 2012. The scientific contributions to this volume, some of them based on case studies from different world regions, analyse both water security challenges and responses, ...
China’s Environmental Crisis through the Lens
Supported by grants from the Pulitzer Center of Crisis Reporting, photojournalist Sean Gallagher has published “Meltdown. China’s Environment Crisis”. Using impressive photos, Gallagher reports on the alarming state of forests, wetlands, desertification and the Tibetan Plateau. ...
Handbook on Climate Change and Human Security
The recently published “Handbook on Climate Change and Human Security” gives a broad overview of the research field. It clarifies the interrelations of the two topics included in its title, provides examples from Latin America and the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Arctic and Africa, ...
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A Fair Compromise to Break the Climate Impasse: Video Interview with Marco Grasso
Marco Grasso from the University of Milan-Bicocca and Timmons Roberts from The Brookings Institution propose a four-step approach involving the Major Economies Forum to overcome the current stalemate in international climate negotiations. In a video interview with the ECC Platform, Marco Grasso summarizes the proposed approach and talks about ethical reasons for the stalemate. ...
How does resource wealth affect democracy, the quality of government institutions, and the incidence of violent conflict? Michael L. Ross from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has reviewed the resource curse literature. Ross identifies several harmful effects of oil wealth: it makes authoritarian regimes more durable, ...
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