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Integrating adaptation across sustainable development initiatives can spur resilient growth, safeguard development gains from climate change impacts and help decision-makers avoid investments that unintentionally increase vulnerability. New research from WRI shines a spotlight on how two counties in Kenya are using innovative, local-level climate funds to move from mainstreaming adaptation planning to action.

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A global consortium of universities, cities, community organizations and World Resources Institute launched an initiative to build cities’ capacities to adapt to the impacts of climate change. The consortium, a Global Commission on Adaptation initiative, will partner with an initial cohort of 15 universities from 18 time zones to implement urban resilience projects in cities.

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We urgently need to understand how to improve energy access through demand-based approaches. This new study discusses how to implement demand-based approach by examining the results of a pilot project, in which health-care providers in Kenya were able to select renewable energy options to improve the continuity of power supply.

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Buildings that emit no greenhouse gas emissions during their operation are vital to meeting the SDGs and Paris Agreement targets. But in the past, zero carbon buildings have been assumed to be only attainable by technologically advanced or wealthy countries. New WRI research finds there are policy pathways to reach zero carbon buildings regardless of location or development status. The report identifies eight pathways countries can take to reach zero carbon buildings by reducing energy demand and cleaning energy supply.

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This paper introduces the methods and data used in Energy Access Explorer – an online, open-source, interactive platform that uses satellite imagery and local data to visualize energy supply and demand in East Africa, equipping electricity planners, investors and clean energy entrepreneurs with the data they need to close the electricity gap.

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Herders in northern Kenya have raised cattle for generations, but their way of life is threatened by climate change. To adapt to rising temperatures and less predictable rain, those who can are turning to the more resilient camel. It's just one example of the kind of "transformative adaptation" that will be increasingly necessary in communities around the world.

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A mapping platform to connect affordable, reliable and clean energy to sustainable development solutions for all.

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This guidebook provides actionable, user-friendly strategies to improve natural resource governance by showing how to identify the networks, priorities, and values of relevant actors. The methodologies allow environmental practitioners to be more strategic in building resilient communities.

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It’s easy to see which households are connected to the grid, but regulatory commissions and utilities often lack information on supply interruptions, voltage levels or blackouts. It's a big reason so many Kenyans don't have reliable power.

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