Por Daniel Gutman
BUENOS AIRES, 15 oct 2018 (IPS) - Aunque su contribución al calentamiento global es insignificante, las naciones del Caribe se están llevando la peor parte de su impacto. Los fenómenos climáticos son tan devastadores que los países comienzan a prepararse ya no tanto para adaptarse a la nueva realidad, sino para recuperar sus economías periódicamente.
By James Jeffrey
ADDIS ABABA, Oct 15 2018 (IPS) - As Ethiopia undergoes a period of unprecedented change and reform, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is partnering with the Ethiopian government to try and ensure this vital period of transition includes the country embracing sustainable growth and avoiding the environmental mistakes made by Western nations.
Author: Richard J.T. Klein
Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Geography, Climate Policy and Development, Stockholm Environment Institute
Richard J.T. Klein leads the project PRINDCISSA, which is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.
Assemblée générale Deuxième Commission
Soixante-treizième session, 10e et 11e séances – matin & après-midi
GENERAL ASSEMBLY SECOND COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 10TH & 11TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)
Destructive impacts of climate change like droughts, floods and increasingly severe storms are the primary culprits behind decreased farming output and rising hunger worldwide, speakers told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial), as it took up agriculture, food security and nutrition today.
World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas today announced a joint commitment with the World Bank to spearhead the creation of an Alliance for Hydromet Development to boost climate and weather science and information for a resilient world.
The initiative was announced at an event on “Investing in a Climate Adapted World” held during the 2018 IMF/World Bank Group Annual Meetings, in Bali, Indonesia.
By Kenton X. Chance
BRIDGETOWN, Oct 12 2018 (IPS) - If there is one lesson that Dominican Reginald Austrie has learnt from the devastation Hurricane Maria brought to his country last September, it is the need for “resilience, resilience, resilience”.
And it is not just because he is his country’s minister of agriculture.
When the category 5 hurricane made landfall in Dominica, Austrie, then the country’s minister of housing, was weeks away from harvest time at his two-acre farm where he had 800 plantain trees, in addition to yams.
Mahmoud Hamidoune, un paysan âgé de 63 ans, se met à l’abri de la pluie sur les sommets de la pointe sud d’Anjouan, aux Comores, et se souvient du temps où il faisait si froid que les habitants de cette région restaient chez eux. Se rendre dans les hauteurs pour s'occuper des terres était appelé "aller à Paris".
11 October 2018, Puntland. A new 5,000 cubic metre earth dam near Yombays Village in the Nugaal area of Puntland, Northern Somalia, will bring clean, safe water to over 5,000 people in the area, of which over 4,000 people are from nomadic pastoralist communities. The dam was built by the Puntland Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in collaboration with Yombays Village, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and with funding from Global Environment Facility.
“If there was good rain, all of our problems would be solved.”
Saidou Harouna Ba surveys what's left of his only source of income: his animal herd. “If I’d stayed at home, they would all be dead,” he says. As it is, the 46-year-old Fulani herder returned to his village in Senegal’s northern Podor County after 10 months away with just half the number of sheep, cattle, and donkeys he set out with.
Read more on IRIN.
11th October 2018 The Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) under the Department of Climate Change (MEIDECC) and Women’s Affairs Division of MIA are jointly hosting a one-day workshop for strengthening community resilience to climate and disaster risk reduction (DRR) through women’s community governance structures, at Tungi Colonade Conference Room.
In the opening remarks CEO for MEIDECC Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u stated that our island nation is under threat and the most vulnerable and first responders are women.]
UN 20-year review: earthquakes and tsunamis kill more people while climate change is driving up economic losses
Mark New and Brendon Bosworth describe how global warming of 1.5℃ and higher will mean even greater warming and damaging impacts for climate change ‘hotspots’ in the southern Africa region. The authors share new analysis from the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project on what this means for Botswana and Namibia.
"Water scarcity and drought were something alien to us a few years ago but they have become a new normal now"
By Aadesh Subedi
AANGNA, Nepal, Oct 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ravi Ale has worked the family's two hectares of land in eastern Nepal since he was old enough to help his father. But after a lean harvest this year, and with his cash running out, he will leave next month to look for work in India, along with five of his friends in the village.
Since it emerged from over two decades of war 17 years ago, Afghanistan has made steady progress across almost all economic and social sectors: girls are going to school again, all ethnic groups are being given equal rights, and power grids are up and running in much of the country. Unfortunately, many of these development gains have also been quickly lost due to continuing civil unrest, which is destroying infrastructure and preventing both national and international development staff from doing much-needed work in many parts of the country.
Timor-Leste remains one of the poorest countries in the South-East Asian region, with 37% of the population living below the international poverty line. Agriculture provides an income for an estimated 80% of the population. A large proportion are food insecure, experiencing critical food shortage from November to February.
Weather and climate play a major role in impacting not only the safety of our Pacific people from natural hazards and extreme events such as tropical cyclones, floods and droughts; but also the potential health and economic risks they may face, such as increased vector-borne diseases during periods of heavy rainfall and damage to cash crop during a tropical cyclone event.