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Novembre 2011

Climate (change): The mounting costs of bad weather

30 November 2011

DURBAN, 29 November 2011 (IRIN) - Extreme weather events in the decade ending in 2010 claimed more than 710,000 lives and cost countries and people more than US$2.3 trillion as defined by purchasing power parity (PPP), says the Long-term Climate Risk Index for 1991-2010.

PPP is a currency exchange rate that compares the actual value of things in countries - for example, a farmer in India can buy more with US$1 than a farmer in the US.

The index, released on the sidelines of the UN climate change talks in Durban and produced by Germanwatch, a North-South watchdog initiative, looked at the impact

CLIMATE CHANGE: A guide to the IPCC's take on extreme events

23 November 2011

JOHANNESBURG, 24 November 2011 (IRIN) - Did the heatwave of summer 2003, which killed at least 30,000 people in Europe, have anything to do with climate change? And were the 2010 floods in Pakistan, which affected more than 20 million people, linked to a warming climate?

Various studies have attempted to examine the links between extreme weather events and climate change, and now the world’s most authoritative body on climate science - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - has spoken out on the issue.

After three years of assessing climate models and new evidence, the panel has

Vietnam’s access to climate finance to be strengthened

19 November 2011

Vietnam has made a new step towards strengthening its access to climate finance by kicking off the development of a Vietnamese version of a Climate Finance Options platform. Representatives from the Government, development partners and other stakeholders met in Ha Noi on November 16th 2011 to discuss critical elements and priorities of the national version of the platform.

With more than 60 sources of climate finance listed on international climate finance websites and more sources are being created. It is clear that the climate finance landscape is complex.

Shared knowledge provides better Climate Change adaptation

18 November 2011

In order to strengthen the work on climate change adaptation in Asian countries, more knowledge is required and a better exchange of experiences. A newly created regional platform will provide those who work with climate change adaptation with the correct tools so that they can better develop the capacity at all levels of society.

The Regional Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia was launched in 2009. Its objective is to develop a regional capacity for adaptation and it focuses on three different parts: 1) sharing knowledge, 2) developing new knowledge and 3) applying knowledge.

Guide to climate change adaptation in cities

2 November 2011

This document deals with how climate change adaptation can be integrated with disaster risk reduction (DRR) in cities. This publication states that climate change will increase the frequency at which some natural hazards occur, that is why cities need to be resilient. As a resilient city is one that is prepared for existing and future climate impacts.

An increasing number of cities around the world have begun to plan for climate change by developing standalone climate plans or incorporating climate considerations into existing plans, policies, and projects.