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NAZCA Portal: Capturing and catalysing climate action at all levels

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Written by Sander Chan, Pieter Pauw, Harro van Asselt, Tom Hale and Todd Edwards Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

This article highlights the value of the NAZCA Climate Action Portal, which aims to demonstrate the strategic action being taken by non-state actors either individually or as part of cooperative initiatives.

Outreach, UK


A wealth of untapped potential: How low-carbon innovation can fuel economic growth

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Written by Marion Davis and Tan Copsey Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

This article, based on the work of the New Climate Economy project, highlights how addressing climate risk can create opportunities for businesses and governments to promote innovation and economic growth.

Source: Outreach, UK


Taking a longer view of recovery in the world’s most disaster-prone region

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Written by Frank Thomalla, Michael Boyland, Karlee Johnson and Louis Lebel Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

This article argues for a more holistic, longer-term and resilience-oriented approach to addressing disaster risk reduction and recovery, and describes a new project led by SEI Asia that aims to understand how to handle recovery more effectively. 

Source: Outreach, UK


Assessing the EU’s new climate and energy framework

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Written by Harro van Asselt Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00

This article looks at some of the economic and competitiveness issues raised by the climate targets proposed by the European Union, the world’s largest single market.

Source: BIORES, Switzerland


Brazil's environmental record hangs in the balance

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Written by Toby Gardner Friday, 07 November 2014 13:01

In the past decade Brazil has constructed the largest network of protected areas, including indigenous lands, in the world. The federal government also launched a major programme to combat deforestation in the Amazon. Thanks in large part to these initiatives, clearance of Amazonian forests decreased by 83% between its peak in 2004 and 2011. This is rightly heralded as one of greatest environmental success stories of the 21st century. But are things about to change?

SEI Research Fellow Toby Gardner writes about the threats to the country’s unique ecosystems from a series of legislative changes that are weakening conservation and threaten to undermine Brazil’s global environmental leadership.

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation


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