Climate change is upon us. The earth is warming, seasons are shifting, species are migrating, and water is flowing in new patterns. The accelerating and deepening impacts of climate change will touch everyone on earth, but those who stand to suffer most are the poor.
A continuum of actions can be taken to reduce the impacts felt from climate change--from ‘pure’ development activities on the one hand to very explicit adaptation measures on the other.
Private Sector Adaptation in Southeast Asia
This report assists businesses in Southeast Asia to understand the need to adept to climate change; learn what other are doing in government, civil society and the private sector to promote adaptation; identify the risks and opportunities that climate change impacts present, and act on them.
Opportunities for Innovation and Experimentation
Note: This paper will be published as a chapter in the forthcoming book Climate Change and Global Poverty: A Billion Lives in the Balance?, by the Brookings Institution Press in 2009.
Options for Framing Adaptation and Development
Clarifies the relationship between adaptation and development by analyzing 135 projects, policies, and other initiatives from the developing world that have been labeled by implementers or researchers as "adaptation to climate change."
Leadership or stalemate?
Explores U.S. position on developing countries in climate protection efforts. Concludes that climate protection requires the initial leadership of a few countries that bear historical responsibility for the problem and have considerable capability to act.