For the first time, loss and damage now resides within the international climate agreement as a standalone concept. It springs from the reality that there are some climate change impacts that cannot be adapted to—impacts that are so severe that they leave in their wake permanent or significantly damaging effects.
The new Paris Agreement places unprecedented importance on actions needed to help people adapt to a warmer world, and solidifies expectations that all countries will do their part to promote greater climate resilience.
Nearly 90 percent of countries that submitted new climate action plans included an adaptation component, reflecting the growing importance nations are placing on resilience in their response to climate change.
While the public focus is often on mitigation – how much countries are willing to reduce emissions, by when and with what degree of transparency – adaptation to the impacts of climate change demands the same level of attention.
by Pieter Terpstra, Annaka Peterson-Carvalho (Oxfam America) and Emily Wilkinson (Overseas Development Institute) - December 08, 2014
Adaptation finance accountability is key to addressing obligations of national governments and international organizations to provide support, but actual funding decisions are often made without involving the populations hit first and worst by climate change, or without understanding how communities are vulnerable.
So who is accountable for making good use of adaptation funds, and who should hold whom accountable?
Multinational corporations have a central role in planning for climate change impacts. However, business leaders can go a step further by making their supply chains—often made up of small businesses in developing countries—more resilient.
Here’s a look at why small businesses need a significant role in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
On September 23, heads of state and leaders in finance, business and civil society will gather in New York City for the United Nations Climate Summit, aimed at jump-starting talks to reach a global climate agreement by December 2015. It's hardly the first time these actors have convened to counter climate change. Here's why this summit is worth watching.