Urbanization is exacerbating global warming and cities like Hong Kong are heating up fast. And the most vulnerable, such as elderly people, are paying the higher price of hotter weather.
Geneva, 8 October 2018 – Climate change is already making emergency response efforts around the world more difficult, more unpredictable and more complex, according to the world’s largest humanitarian network.
This warning from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) coincides with the launch of a UN Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) report that sets out the predicted impacts of both a 1.5°C and a 2.0°C rise in the global average temperature by 2099.
Disasters wipe out development progress and are being exacerbated by climate change, population growth, ecosystem degradation, and uncontrolled economic development. The poorest and the most vulnerable people are the hardest impacted groups of people as they are the most exposed to hazards and least able to minimize the hazard risks because of their low capacities. When this situation is ignored or unmanaged, there will be a serious threat for the ongoing sustainable development.
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’.
Workshop Report for the Legislating for Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management in the Pacific, 6 – 8 July. This three day workshop was held in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat and IFRC, with financial support provide by Australian Red Cross and British Red Cross.
The workshop involved legislative drafters and disaster and climate practitioners from 12 Pacific countries, as well as partners from the UN, academia and the private sector.
This story is a press release issued by the WWA partnership on Friday, along with a technical summary of the attribution study.)
Man-made climate change and its effect on rainfall made the drought in South Africa’s Western Cape province over the past few years about three times more likely, according to a new study by an international group of climate scientists.
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.
By Rosemary Nalisa, Namibia Red Cross Society
Thirty-five-year-old Taimi Tyameya, from Mayana Community in Northern Namibia is excited about her new energy-efficient stoves introduced to her community by the Namibia Red Cross.
The introduction of the stoves is part of a renewable energy and climate change mitigation project that will reach 200 families. Most Namibians, like Tyameya, living in rural and peri-urban areas depend on charcoal and firewood to prepare meals for their families, which is both expensive and unsustainable for the environment.
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.
by Roop Singh, Climate Centre, New York
With devastating seasonal rains in Kenya yesterday reported by the Kenya Red Cross (KRC) to have displaced nearly 300,000 people and killed 158, scientists with the World Weather Attribution (WWA) programme have begun analysing the unusually intense rainfall to determine whether climate change played a role.
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.
Better, quicker action in response to forecasts of extreme temperatures could reduce the risks and discomfort endured by five billion people – two thirds of humanity – in heatwaves and coldwaves, according to research led by the Climate Centre and Columbia University and published yesterday in Environmental Research Letters.
Virtually the entire world experiences heatwaves, except for some areas of the tropics, already relatively hot; much smaller areas suffer sustained extreme cold.
By Hanna Butler / IFRC
The 191st pin on the Red Cross Red Crescent world map is set to be for the Marshall Islands Red Cross, which is on track to becoming the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) newest National Society, after the first visit from the Secretary General of the IFRC. Elhadj As Sy visited the islands from 15 to 21 March 2018.
Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Republic of the Marshall Islands is home to 50,000 people, across 29 coral atolls and more than 1,150 islands and islets.
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.
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Durant l'année 2017, nous avons mené plusieurs activités dans les domaines de l'assistance aux familles des migrants portés disparus, de la promotion du droit international humanitaire (DIH), de la visite des détenues et de l'amélioration de leurs conditions de détention, ainsi que de l'amélioration de la sécurité économique des personnes déplacées et/ou de retour chez elles en Casamance.
05/04/2018 - by Fleur Monasso, Climate Centre, The Hague
South Sudan’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MHADM) last week published its Strategic Plan 2018–20 for saving life and reducing the impacts of disaster across the country.
It was launched at a special event in Juba on Wednesday – sponsored by Partners for Resilience (PfR) – that also included an exhibition by all the ministry’s collaborators.
(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.