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  • How ‘just giving money to the poor’ helps them adapt to climate change

    Rachel Godfrey Wood 4 April 2011

    Programmes which transfer money directly to the poor help them adapt to climate change. That´s what I´m suggesting in a new briefing paper to be presented at the upcoming conference on ‘Social Protection for Social Justice’, will be held at the Centre for Social Protection in Brighton between the 13th and 15th of April. 

  • Health: an issue that needs to be prioritised in climate change adaptation

    Keshab Thapa 1 April 2011

  • How can we measure adaptation: monitoring and evaluation as an entry point?

    SVRK Prabhakar 31 March 2011

  • Adapting to climate change in Bangladesh

    SVRK Prabhakar 30 March 2011

  • Is this a climate change issue or a human rights issue?

    Kirsty Wilson 29 March 2011

    We had been driven for seven hours from Dhaka through hair-raising traffic to see some of the practical approaches that Caritas was using in th

  • Climate adaptation: old wine in new bottles?

    Andrew Kroglund 29 March 2011

  • Adaptation in Bangladesh: notes from the field

    Keshab Thapa 29 March 2011

  • Bangladesh: mangrove island reflects people's creativitiy

    Bettina Koelle 28 March 2011

  • Reality check: climate change and the poor

    Hannah Reid 28 March 2011

    Hannah Reid reports on a field trip to a site in Manikganj District, about three hours from Dhaka city in Bangladesh, to see how vulnerable people are coping with climate-change related impacts

  • Community based adaptation: conference video blog

    Saleemul Huq 28 March 2011

    The 5th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change, takes place in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 to 31 March 2011. Saleemul Huq will be keeping us updated from the conference in a series of daily video logs.

  • Nepal: space to debate, opportunities to act

    Elaine Morrison 24 March 2011

    A first visit to a country is often the time when we ‘see’ the most, and our recent brief visit to Nepal certainly afforded some lasting impressions. High Himalayan ranges glistening in the sun contrasting with the air pollution and traffic congestion of Kathmandu; immense cultural, religious and architectural wealth side by side with acute poverty; roads without streetlights or traffic lights, and shops in the city centre lit by candles, (power cuts were increased from 12 to 14 hours per day during our visit).

  • Community-based adaptation and microfinance: a win-win partnership?

    Adrian Fenton 21 March 2011

    Climate change adaptation may cost US$75–100 billion per year between 2010 and 2050. Where these funds will come from, how they will be channelled and how adaptation should be achieved is still being debated. I propose part of the solution is to go micro: linking microfinance with community-based adaptation.

  • Look Mum! A Tale of Public Engagement with Climate Science

    Victoria Crawford 18 March 2011

    Three boys, probably about ten years old, are standing round a table. They are concentrating intently, jabbing at a touch screen. Suddenly there is a huge sigh of relief. They pull back and turn around, with huge grins across their faces: “Mum. Muuuuuuuuuum. Look Mum — we met the emissions reduction target!”It is half term and I have come to check out the Science Museum’s new £4.5 million climate science exhibition, atmosphere.So are there lessons to be learnt from this example about public engagement with climate science?

  • Are small-scale farmers there to feed themselves and large-scale farmers there to feed the world? Credit: Flickr/Peter Casier

    Can small-scale farmers feed the world?

    Sian Lewis 15 March 2011

    The world’s food systems are being squeezed from all sides: rising populations and shifting diets are increasing the global demand for food, while food production is increasingly compromised by climate change and land degradation.

  • The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative: "No more hanky panky"

    Abbi Buxton 11 March 2011

    A global initiative requiring public reporting of revenues from extractive industries could go further

  • ‘Land grabs’ in Africa: is there an alternative?

    Lorenzo Cotula 8 March 2011

    Millions of people across the developing world depend on land for their livelihoods, culture and identity — a connection that now risks being undermined by large-scale acquisitions of farmland in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

  • Green economy – learning from the Caribbean

    Steve Bass 4 March 2011

    Since the recent global financial crises, the phrase ‘green economy’ has appeared liberally in newspaper headlines, and politicians’ and CEOs’ promises. They usually mean ‘low-carbon economy’, the idea of shifting energy and infrastructure towards clean, high-tech systems. Green economy is seen as an answer to financial problems – G20 stimulus packages included ‘green’ components, hoping to improve national competitiveness and create new jobs through green technology, and wean economies off insecure and expensive fossil fuels. And it is seen as a practical way to supplement climate change conventions – you don’t need an international agreement to change economic practices that cause climate change. All very good news for Danish wind farm installers, Japanese hybrid car manufacturers, and Chinese solar panel factories. But what does the green economy mean for the developing world?

  • Power and politics in Nigeria

    Ben Garside 24 February 2011

    In the run up to Nigeria’s April elections the political lobbying, with the usual round of underhand payments for support, has Nigerians hoping for a fairer competition in the grab for power. The political process is being increasingly scrutinised by the average citizen — with record numbers of people registering to vote and self-formed citizens groups promising to monitor polling stations. Another type of power — electricity, or ‘light’ as most Nigerians call it — and the lack of it is one of the hot potato election issues on everyone’s lips.

  • Forest Connect: championing local forest enterprises

    Duncan Macqueen 24 February 2011

    Last week (16–18 February), I joined the Forest Connect alliance at a meeting in Ethiopia to learn from the country’s experience in locally controlled forestry and reaffirm our vision that poverty reduction and forest conservation can go hand in hand if locally controlled forest enterprises can be made profitable and sustainable.

  • Fairtrade and formalisation for small-scale miners

    Abbi Buxton 18 February 2011

    The world's first Fairtrade and Fairmined gold is launched in the UK to help formalise the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector. But is formalisation the best way forward?

  • Fish, chips and a side of celebrity

    David Hebditch 8 February 2011

    The Fish Fights campaign, headed by old-Etonian turned sustainable food champion Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, has been making waves in the UK, drawing attention towards the upcoming EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform in 2013. Celebrity involvement in campaigning is nothing new but has recently been attracting a lot of attention in the development blogosphere. Celebrities have helped publicise Fish Fights, but what next for the campaign?

  • Food security in 2050: how can we make it fairer and more sustainable?

    Camilla Toulmin 3 February 2011

    A new report from the United Kingdom finds that securing food supplies in 2050 means growing more food, on the same land, with fewer impacts. That requires shifts in policy and practice that we can achieve using a mix of politics, science and market forces.

  • A shopping trolley for change?

    Abbi Buxton 2 February 2011

    As a consumer you have the potential to promote development through your buying habits. But how effective are you?

  • Lumbering illegality: how to make timber sustainable and pro-poor

    Duncan Macqueen 26 January 2011

    The European Union is closing its doors to illegal timber exports. But unless we tackle unsustainable logging to satisfy domestic timber markets, their actions will little benefit forests, or the millions of poor people that live within them. Making timber sustainable requires the use of both trade and climate strategies in unison to bring about locally controlled forestry.

  • Braking Beijing’s car addiction

    Ben Garside 20 January 2011

    Driven by subsidies for small cars and an ever increasing middle class, the Chinese year of the tiger saw a ferocious increase in the car industry — a whopping 18.1 million vehicles (including 13.8 million cars) were sold in China in 2010, up by a third from the previous year. But will new efforts by Beijing combat both the booming economy and the grid-locked streets? And is this another example of China setting a new course for a greener future?