After years of alarmist predictions of hundreds of millions of climate refugees fleeing their homes, there is now a broad-based consensus that while the impacts of climate change will increase the number of migrants, it is not the only factor that drives people to move.
On a white sandy beach in a small fishing village called Kuruwitu in eastern Kenya a ground-breaking project that aimed to protect marine biodiversity and improve livelihoods was launched in 2005. Six years on what obstacles has it encountered and what lessons can be learned?
As policymakers prepare to discuss REDD+ at UN climate talks in Durban, they should heed the lessons learned from years of experience in participatory forest management across the developing world.
Take a look at these two photographs and play spot the difference.
The floods this year in Thailand have been unprecedented. Floods have now entered parts of Bangkok, the country’s capital city, and the fate of the rest of the city hangs in the balance. An extraordinary volume of water – more than 10,000 million cubic metres – somehow needs to get from Thailand’s central plains to the sea, with Bangkok standing in the way.
In the context of the multilateral climate change negotiations, this global realization has slowly, but inexorably led to the conclusion that for the foreseeable future, it would be vain to expect from the US either legally binding mitigation commitments or a significant financial contribution to
Slow progress at global climate talks is belied by the plethora of actions in many smaller and more at-risk developing nations.
In this video blog, Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, of IIED's Climate Change Group provides information about the upcoming conference in Hanoi. It’s key theme is: communicating about how communities are adapting to climate change.
The humble potato is a great example of how Quechua communities in the Andes have maintained crop biodiversity.
“Neoliberal, capitalist economics is bankrupt, morally and intellectually, but nothing changes,” were the opening words of Neal Lawson from Compass at a debate Putting the Green Economy on Trial.
He described the infrastructure of consumerism and marketing that has developed under the current system as difficult to escape; a seductive new vision of what it is to be human is needed, he said.