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UN Climate Change Conference (COP20): Background research

Posted on: 1 December 2014
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The UN Climate Change Conference (COP20) in Lima, Peru (1-12 December 2014) aims to settle the key elements of a global climate deal to be finalised in Paris 2015, when the deadline for a new deal runs out. The ESRC STEPS Centre and its partners around the world have been working on policy-relevant research in the places at the sharp edge of climate change, where it is having a huge effect on people’s lives and livelihoods. This page highlights a selection of resources, relevant to the COP20 negotiations, on the impact of climate change on poor and marginalised people, at the intersections of intersections of energy, agriculture, water and health.

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The new climate economy http://newclimateeconomy.report/misc/working-papers/ How cities develop will be critical to achieve economic growth and tackle climate change, according to a series of studies just released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. These five studies provide real-world examples of how to achieve better patterns of urbanisation and highlight how cities can grow their economies while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The recent titles include: Accessibility in cities: Transport and urban form; Cities and the new climate economy: The transformative role of global urban growth; Steering urban growth: governance, policy and finance; The economic case for low carbon cities; What impact can local economic development in cities have on global GHG emissions? Assessing the evidence; Path dependence, innovation and the economics of climate change.

Posted on: 27 November 2014
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How cities develop will be critical to achieve economic growth and tackle climate change, according to a series of studies just released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. These five studies  provide real-world examples of how to achieve better patterns of urbanisation and highlight how cities can grow their economies while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The recent titles include: Accessibility in cities: Transport and urban form; Cities and the new climate economy: The transformative role of global urban growth; Steering urban growth: governance, policy and finance; The economic case for low carbon cities; What impact can local economic development in cities have on global GHG emissions? Assessing the evidence; Path dependence, innovation and the economics of climate change.

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Reporting Climate Science

Posted on: 27 November 2014
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Reporting Climate Science, which was set up in 2010 with the aim of reporting on the latest research in climate science, is building a library of videos on climate change on YouTube.

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Resilience to extreme weather

Posted on: 27 November 2014
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How do we reduce the impact of extreme weather today while preparing ourselves for future changes? What can we do to build our resilience? The Royal Society has issued a report which investigates these, and other, key questions to help inform important decisions about adaptation and risk reduction that are being made at global, national and local levels.

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ICLEI Resilient Cities Webinar Series

Posted on: 27 November 2014
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Resilient Cities, The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted every year in Bonn. The webinar series is held on a fortnightly basis from October to December each year, and continues the discussions initiated between experts and practitioners in urban adaptation and resilience at the Resilient Cities congress. Webinar speakers explore themes shared at the most recent Resilient Cities congress, as well as cutting-edge topics that define future congresses. Two webinars from the 2014 series are now available online: Communicating resilience and using ICTs for climate change adaptation (6 November 2014), and Integrated climate action: Linking adaptation and mitigation (19 November 2014).

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TRANSfer: Towards climate-friendly transport technologies and measures

Posted on: 26 November 2014
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The TRANSfer project is run by GIZ and funded by the International Climate Initiative of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Its objective is to support developing countries to develop and implement climate change mitigation strategies in the transport sector as „Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions“ (NAMAs).

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Research studies on the new climate economy

Posted on: 25 November 2014
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In a series of studies for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, new evidence shows that cities will be central to global economic growth and climate action. Up to 2030, less than 500 cities worldwide are projected to contribute over 60% of global GDP growth.  The studies by LSE Cities for the Global Commission include ‘Cities and the New Climate Economy: the Transformative Role of Global Urban Growth’ (NCE Cities Paper 01), ‘Steering Urban Growth: Governance, Policy and Finance’ (NCE Cities Paper 02) and ‘Accessibility in Cities: Transport and Urban Form’ (NCE Cities Paper 03). These studies form the basis of the cities chapter in the New Climate Economy Report ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’.

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Turn down the heat: Confronting the new climate normal

Posted on: 24 November 2014
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A new report from the World Bank warns of severe impacts on agricultural production, water resources and ecosystems as well as increased vulnerability to coastal flooding as a result of global warming. Key findings of the report include warnings of: heat extremes in Latin America and the Caribbean which could impact soybean and wheat yields; water shortages across north Africa and the Middle east; and the risk of torrential flooding in Central Asia.

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Mitigation Goal Standard

Posted on: 19 November 2014
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The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol’s new Mitigation Goal Standard provides the first-ever standardized approach for designing, assessing, and reporting progress on a variety of national and subnational mitigation goals. The standard can help governments set emissions-reduction targets, meet domestic and international emissions reporting obligations to groups like the UNFCCC, and ensure that efforts to reduce emissions are actually achieving their intended results.

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Community-based adaptation to climate change empowers coastal communities

Posted on: 11 November 2014
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In this video, produced by the Asian Development Bank and WorldFish, community members and leaders in the coastal districts of Atauro and Batugade in Timor-Leste learn how to protect their livelihoods against climate change by using community-based adaptation processes.

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