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The Climate Centre this week represented the IFRC at a workshop in Geneva aimed at helping the farm sector globally promote climate resilience.
by Dr Maarten van Aalst, Director, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
For those of us working on the humanitarian impacts of climate change, last week provided some very gloomy reading, including a stark headline above an Economist leader that ‘The world is losing the war against climate change’.
Lead authors from the IPCC’s Working Group I, covering the science of climate change, Friday ended their first meeting of the current assessment cycle in Guangzhou, China.
The ICRC Brussels delegation and the Red Cross EU Office took part in a major high-level event organized by the European External Action Service that “drove home both the urgency and importance of tackling the risks that climate change poses to security and peace,” the EEAS said.
“Ministers from around the world, top United Nations officials, and leading experts testified to the many real and potential security threats deriving from climate change,” it added.
by Catalina Jaime, Climate Centre, at CHOGM, London
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has announced new measures highlighting how “science, innovation and the City of London” can help countries build resilience against and recover from disasters.
Governments last Thursday ended two weeks of talk in Bonn on operational guidelines for realizing the Paris Agreement to be presented at COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December.
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa told a closing press conference that some progress had been made in Bonn, but “many voices are underlining the urgency of advancing more rapidly on finalizing the operational guidelines.
04/05/2018 - by Roop Singh, Climate Centre, New York
US- and Netherlands-based scientists have used the latest computer technology to estimate the time frame in which the world’s low-lying atolls – mostly in the Indian and Pacific Oceans – might become uninhabitable with saltwater intrusion from rising sea-levels and bigger waves contaminating already-limited fresh water.
by Tessa Kelly, IFRC-Climate Centre, Sharm el-Sheikh
Only about 10 per cent of the climate finance available from international donors is channelled to the local level, and vulnerable communities are not receiving finance at the volume or pace needed to adapt effectively.
This was the view presented at the NAP Expo 2018 in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh late last week by Gebru Jember Endalew of Ethiopia, Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) negotiating group at the UN climate talks.
Uganda and Togo are countries with many differences yet common challenges. Partially due to changing demographics, the impacts of floods and droughts have increased over the years, destroying livelihoods, infrastructure, and increasing the risk of disease outbreaks. Disasters have a disproportionate impact on the poor and most vulnerable.
(A version of this story appeared first earlier today on the IFRC news site.)
The ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) Sunday heard a call from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for greater accountability after disasters that may leave survivors bereaved and struggling to find shelter, food and water.
For the second year in a row environmental issues dominate the survey of the perception of risk in the Global Risks Report 2018, issued this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF) just ahead of its annual meeting that starts on Tuesday in Davos, Switzerland.
AS THE YEAR 2016 drew to a close, we faced what UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien would tell the Security Council was the “largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations”. Much though by no means all of this food security emergency was the result of conflict – in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, three countries he had just visited.
Humanitarian finance is available mainly when a disaster strikes and suffering is almost guaranteed. But climate-related risks are rising worldwide, and just waiting for disasters to happen is not an option.
by Cecilia Costella, Climate Centre
Climate Centre specialists this week call for existing social protection systems around the world to be expanded to include “early action and preparedness”.
Social protection consists of long-term policies and programmes to reduce poverty and vulnerability by providing support to people over their lifetimes.