This hardy desert plant lives in the hostile Atacama Desert in Chile by sucking moisture out of passing fog. As water resources become ever more scarce, humans could follow suit.
Loss and damage – the three words which define the COP26 Glasgow summit’s disappointing outcome.
A report found the amount of funding needed to adapt to climate change exceeds what has so far been delivered by 80%.
This Australian climate policy gives cause for hope, but will it really lead to a well-adapted Australia?
Helping developing nations pay for the expensive work of emissions reduction and adaptation benefits everyone on the planet.
Without financial support that helps communities adapt to climate impacts, climate change is projected to push tens of millions more Africans into extreme poverty by 2030.
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and that share is growing. Rapid climate change could make many cities unlivable in the coming decades without major investments to adapt.
We need to urgently address the gaps in Australia’s capacity to manage disasters that have widened since climate adaptation was relegated to the back burner.
We surveyed 2,400 businesses to see what they are doing to prepare for climate change.
Australia must start planning for the loss of entire regional communities, and internal climate refugees.
Every five years nations must evaluate their progress towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. But this “stocktake” lacks detail making it difficult to measure progress on climate action.
Many coastal US cities are contending with increasingly frequent and severe tidal flooding as sea levels rise. Some are considering building seawalls, but this strategy is not simple or cheap.
Mitigating climate change is more politically popular than adapting to its inevitable effects.
Australia can take great strides forward in climate policy and action. A reactionary, incremental approach to adaptation will fall short. Now is the time to think big.
We need to know who gets what, and how money is used once it is allocated.
The utopian 20th-century model of a modern city – one that has been replicated around the world – is being exposed as unsuitable for adapting to the pace of change in the 21st century.
New Zealand is replacing its once groundbreaking environmental legislation with new laws, one of which focuses on climate change adaptation and will include a fund to enable managed retreat.
Today’s risks will be tomorrow’s normal. That means tough decisions have to be made about human settlements having to retreat from areas most at risk, whether from floods or bushfires.
The unprecedented intensity of two summers of bushfires, first in the east and then in the west, offered harsh lessons for Australians. One is that some settlements must retreat from high-risk areas.
Nearly 700 species of flightless mammal could be barred entry to cooler habitats due to national borders by 2070.