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The cost of deploying a direct air capture unit must fall while the cost of emitting CO₂ rises.
Coastal communities in Vietnam are struggling to adapt to rising sea levels.
A report found the amount of funding needed to adapt to climate change exceeds what has so far been delivered by 80%.
Mitigating climate change is more politically popular than adapting to its inevitable effects.
Coastal areas in West Africa are under intense pressure from demographic growth, economic expansion and ongoing climate change.
Around the world, fragile coastal ecosystems are under intense pressure, and understanding and managing their complex interactions requires an integrated and interdisciplinary approach.
Fynbos, the biodiverse shrubland in Cape Town, is thought to have the third highest carbon stored per square metre for any biome in South Africa. It must be protected.
Cape Town’s new climate strategy is a good start. But it falls short when it comes to nature.
If agricultural land was used to grow crops, it would limit methane emissions from livestock, but not store a substantial amount of carbon. Growing trees is what makes the difference.
Strict physical distancing restrictions have resulted in cleaner air, but atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise.
Despite clear air as a result of the pandemic reducing human activities, our emissions still soar.
Seagrass meadow in Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia. Seagrass is an important nursery for many juvenile reef fish.
Although less well known than its cousins, coral reefs and mangroves, seagrass plays a crucial role in climate change mitigation.
Fast-growing plantation trees store less carbon per surface area than old, undisturbed forests that may show little growth.
Plants live off carbon dioxide, but a higher level of the greenhouse gas in the air doesn’t necessarily lead to more biomass production.
Undeveloped regions such as the Amazon rainforest are critical resources for slowing climate change.
A new report calls land key to solving climate change. The good news is that there are strategies for reducing carbon emissions from land use that can also produce economic and social benefits.
As part of New Zealand’s transition to a low-emissions economy, emphasis is shifting to innovation and away from traditional agriculture.
Under the New Zealand government’s well-being approach to the budget, funding that will help reduce emissions is linked with economic development and innovation.
Agriculture – including methane from cows and sheep – currently contributes almost half of New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions.
New Zealand’s government has released a bill that sets targets to bring long-lived greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050 and reduce emissions of the shorter-lived methane by 10% within a decade.
A World Bank in sync with Donald Trump’s views about climate change and multilateralism would probably help to increase Chin’s role in international development and finance.
Donald Trump’s pick to head the World Bank could well weaken the organisation’s importance in international development and finance.
Climate change is increasing flooding caused by seasonal ‘king tides’ in Florida and other coastal areas.
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Climate change is happening and will intensify in coming decades. Some experts say it’s time for a triage strategy that focuses investments where they are most likely to have an impact.
Port of Long Beach, California.
Hundreds of US cities have pledged to meet the carbon reduction targets in the Paris climate accord. Now it’s time for them to start showing results.
Mangroves growing strong.
Mangrove forests grow in the tidal lagoons of tropical coastlines and they could actually benefit from climate change. Here’s what that means for us.
Relocation from risky areas is the only safe response.
Beach erosion in Nags Head, North Carolina, photographed May 15, 2005.
Many US coastal towns are building defenses to protect against rising seas and storms. This can encourage people to stay in place when they should be moving inland.
As part of its commitment under the Paris Agreement, New Zealand’s government has committed to planting one billion trees within a decade.
Planting more native forests could help mitigate the causes of climate change, but unless funding is closely tied to successful outcomes, such projects face the risk of failure.
To properly consider climate risks for their business, directors need the financial expertise of accountants.
Company directors have been put on notice about their duty to consider and disclose climate change risks. And to do that properly they need to call on the expertise of accountants.