Climate Change links I liked: Adaptation – the Economist, the Guardian and some good news from Burkina Faso and Kenya; Indian environmentalism; extreme LDC weather; a tribunal in Bangladesh; and an Advisory Group that doesn't advise,
November 29, 2010
A random round-up of climate change links to coincide with this week’s UN gabfest in Cancún
An excellent overview on climate change adaptation from The Economist. Favourite quote? ‘The best starting point for adaptation is to be rich’.
“The environmental issue in India has been seen to be largely an upper-middle class elitist issue. I believe that a larger number of Indians are actually concerned about the environment than we give credit.” Jairam Ramesh, India’s pugnacious environment minister talks to the Guardian en route to Cancun.
According to UNCTAD’s new Least Developed Countries Report 2010 (Climate Change section starts on page 125), ‘there has been an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events in lesser developed countries, with five times as many incidents occurring from 2000-2010 as during the 1970s’ (see graph).
And a Guardian adaptation podcast brings together the paper’s John Vidal, Davyth Stewart from Global Witness, and Saleemul Huq, (International Institute for Environment and Development)
And finally, some good news on climate change – we’ll probably need it by the end of this week: farmers restoring soils, reforesting and improving water management in Burkina Faso and Kenya (but be warned, you have to get past the irritatingly patronizing voice-over, which sounds like a 1950s Pathe newsreel)