People in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand are bracing themselves for heat-stressed crops, severe flooding and sea level rise. A new study assesses climate adaptation efforts in five sites across the Lower Mekong Basin.
Now that 195 countries have adopted the Paris Agreement, they must develop the rules, processes and guidelines for how it will deliver the goals it's promised. New WRI research provides a to-do list for negotiators.
With record-breaking temperatures year after year and escalating extreme weather and climate impacts, the need for adaptation has long been apparent. Now it's finally moving beyond urgency into real action on the ground.
This chart outlines key tasks included in the Paris Agreement and accompanying draft decision that must be completed by UNFCCC groups and Parties before the Agreement enters into force.
The urgent imperative of tackling climate change is rarely associated with the dry science of budgeting and fiscal policy—but it should be. Director of WRI's Governance program Mark Robinson explains.
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.
Countries are at different stages of development, with different levels of capabilities. This reality must be considered when building a low-carbon and climate-resilient world.
Experts explain how the Paris Agreement can send a strong signal that the most vulnerable countries will be supported, and that investors need to align portfolios for the inevitable zero-carbon future.
Climate adaptation is an important part of the discussion at COP21, since climate change is already hitting some parts of the world hard. Here are some key questions and answers about adaptation's role at this pivotal climate conference.