The world may still argue about whether or not climate change is for real. But in vast expanses of arid southern Africa, the daily struggle to cope with a changed climate is well under way. The lessons being learnt here on a small scale could prove vital in the fight for human survival.
At the beginning of the 2016 Adaptation Futures conference, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, stated that it is our moral responsibility to align with the 1.5°C goal that was aspired to in Paris. This effectively means that the peaking of global greenhouse gas emissions should occur within the next five years, and from then onwards emissions should decrease.
The global divestment movement is gaining steam. This involves investors like city councils,pension funds and universities publicly withdrawing their assets from coal, oil and gas companies – those which produce fossil fuels.
Have you noticed how changing a habit takes such huge effort? It is often very difficult to break away from our preconditioned patterns. I notice how I always sit at the same seat in classroom, go to the same spot in the library or follow the same eating patterns. It is amazing how humans establish comfort zones which become hard to wean from in the long run. At Project 90 by 2030 everyone is a change agent.
Planning for the unintended fallout of efforts to offset the impact of climate change - so-called ‘maladaptation’ to climate change - is a relatively new concept in the field of climate change adaptation, according to researchers. They argue that a better conceptual outline is needed of what precisely maladaptation is, and that decision makers and stakeholders need a strong set of guidelines to help avoid these unintended consequences.
At the core of knowledge networks are people working together to create and generate knowledge, share and spark new ideas. Knowledge networks entail a commitment to collaborative effort; bringing different groups of people together to achieve cross-sectoral knowledge exchange and learning for the betterment of research, practice and policy.
In a world threatened by the increase of greenhouse gases (especially CO2), that have aggravated climate change, public transportation is seen as a solution to reduce these emissions and therefore to mitigate climate change. In the Global North, taking a bus or a tram is the cheapest and most convenient way to move around as it is very user friendly (the timetables are accessible online, give live updates, and the routes match residential areas, main hubs and work places).
The exposure to an international arena on climate sciences was overwhelming at first and then inspiring (13 650 people from 109 countries). It was a pleasure attending sessions and talks at the European Geosciences General Assembly and seeing what other universities and academics are focusing on in their research.