This post is based on the foreword to World Resources: Decision Making in a Changing Climate, co-signed by Helen Clark (UNDP), Achim Steiner (UNEP), Robert B. Zoellick (World Bank Group), and Jonathan Lash (WRI).
Conditions are changing in our world. Some are feeling the
impact now, from the heat wave and wildfires in Russia of the last two years,
the devastating floods in Pakistan and Australia, tornadoes in the United States,
mudslides in Brazil, drought in China. Others are worrying about the impacts to
come: the tea growers in Kenya’s highlands who are seeing cases of malaria they didn’t see
only five years ago; the cocoa farmers in Ghana who think about how changes in rainfall will
affect their sensitive crops; the rice farmers in Vietnam who are increasingly concerned about
rising water levels.