Effective climate change adaptation is inherently local, yet local leaders and communities are often ignored in developing climate adaptation strategies. Having local actors lead these strategies would not only make them more effective, but also provide a variety of benefits that address local issues and systemic causes of vulnerability.
Nature-based solutions provide economic, climate and community benefits, yet many nations are not realizing their full potential for climate adaptation.
Aqueduct Floods, a new tool from World Resources Institute that measures water-related flood risks around the world, finds that by 2030, 15 million people and $177 billion in urban property will be impacted annually by coastal flooding, while 132 million people and $535 billion in urban property will be impacted annually due to riverine flooding. WRI also finds that investing in flood protection infrastructure now can significantly decrease the impact of floods later.
For cities, adapting to climate change doesn't just mean building more things. Good climate adaptation means including and engaging poor and marginalized communities.
Climate solutions are often divided into either mitigation actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or adaptation actions that help people adjust to climate change. But strategies and technologies that do both at once exist, and should be top priorities.
$350,000 to be awarded to transformative urban initiatives tackling the climate crisis and inequality around the world.
After Typhoon Ondoy struck an informal settlement in Pasig City, the government wanted to relocate residents up to 60 miles away. Instead, they built their own apartment complex designed to withstand floods and storms.
Urban climate action is good for the planet. How do you make it good for people, too?
Coral reef tourism, worth $35.8 billion globally every year, could experience revenue losses of over 90% based on the current trajectory of warming. Here's how ocean industries can try to avoid that kind of devastation.
Countries that rely on agricultural exports need to start thinking now about how they can protect that trade by boosting agricultural resilience to climate impacts.
This paper discusses steps countries can take to incorporate ambitious, relevant, and tangible transportation solutions into enhanced NDCs for communication to UNFCCC by 2020.
This guidance aims to help countries incorporate more ambitious, relevant, and tangible power solutions into enhanced NDCs for communication to the UNFCCC by 2020.
This guide supplements, as a sector module, the overarching guide, Enhancing NDCs: A Guide to Strengthening National Climate Plans by 2020 (Fransen et al. 2019), and will assist countries in enhancing their NDCs with clearer and more tangible forest and land-use sector contents.
Rainy season arrives at the same time in the lowlands of central Uganda and the country’s eastern highlands. Both regions grow coffee. Yet the climate risks Uganda's coffee farmers face vary considerably depending on where they're located.
Join experts from WRI and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) at this briefing on the Global Commission on Adaptation’s Flagship Report and Year of Action for climate adaptation.
Disasters like Hurricane Dorian are especially devastating on small island nations like those of the Caribbean. To adapt to climate change, the region (with international help) should invest in resilience as well as response.
The demand for green bonds is high, but only 3-5% of the proceeds go to climate resilience. That's in part because there hasn't been a standard for how to evaluate whether a project will increase resilience to climate change — until now.
This paper provides quantitative evidence to help investors better understand and measure the financial impacts from water shortages in the thermal power sector, drawing on data and analysis of Indian companies. It introduces a new methodology to estimate the water shortage-induced impacts to earnings on five Indian thermal power companies from FY 2014-2017. It also uses outputs from climate models to analyze potential future changes to water availability in India, which could increase the risk of water shortages.
Urban adaptation should incorporate climate risks into planning, work with vulnerable communities and focus on nature-based solution.
Monsoons have been stronger in northern India in recent years. Residents of one city are embracing a low-tech solution to control flooding: conserving farmland.