Climate change and health

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This fact sheet includes sections on: (i) climate change general facts; (ii) the impact of climate change on health; (iii) extreme heat; (iv) natural disasters and variable rainfall patterns, including sea level rise, extreme weather events, drought, floods, and freshwater supplies contamination; (v) patterns of infection; (vi) measuring health effects; (vii) sectors of the population at risk; and (viii) the WHO response.

Climate change adaptation strategies for local impact

Key messages for UNFCCC negotiators
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This paper builts on the Copenhagen Agreement to include risk reduction and risk management as key elements in the climate change adaptation debate. It argues that the proof of effective climate change adaptation strategies will be in improved resilience of the hundreds of millions of people living in communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Advance guard

Climate change impacts, adaptation, mitigation and indigenous peoples, a compendium of case studies
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This compendium presents a wide-ranging overview of more then 400 projects, case studies and research activities specifically related to climate change and indigenous peoples. It provides a sketch of the climate and environmental changes, local observations and impacts being felt by communities in different regions, and outlines various adaptation and mitigation strategies that are currently being implemented by indigenous peoples - the world's "advance guard" of climate change - as they use their traditional knowledge and survival skills to trial adaptive responses to change.

The Copenhagen diagnosis: climate science updates

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The purpose of this report is to synthesize the most policy-relevant climate science published since the close-off of material for the last IPCC report. The rationale is two-fold. First, this report serves as an interim evaluation of the evolving science midway through an IPCC cycle - IPCC AR5 is not due for completion until 2013. Second, and most important, the report serves as a handbook of science updates that supplements the IPCC AR4 in time for Copenhagen in December 2009, and any national or international climate change policy negotiations that follow.

Synthesis report from climate change

global risks, challenges and decisions, Copenhagen 2009, 10-12 March
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This synthesis report presents an up-to-date overview of a broad range of research relevant to climate change – including fundamental climate science, the impacts of a changing climate on society and environment, and the many tools and approaches available to deal effectively with the challenge of climate change. The purpose of this report is to provide, for a broad range of audiences, an update of the newest understanding of climate change caused by human activities, the social and environmental implications of this change, and the options available for society to respond to the challenges posed by climate change.

Status report on disaster risk reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Preliminary version, June 2009
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This report contributes to the implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy and Programme of Action for Disaster Risk Reduction, in line with the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). It is based on HFA reports received from 24 countries, namely Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo and Zimbabwe, as well as information provided by the African Union Commission, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD, IOC, SADC, UN organizations, international non-governmental organizations and donors.

Natural solutions to climate change crisis

A cura di : International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); World Bank, the (WB)
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This book describes how protected areas contribute significantly to reducing impacts of climate change and what is needed for them to achieve even more. Among the issues addressed it includes a section on climate change adaptation covering the following: the role of protected areas, reducing impacts of natural disasters, safeguarding water and providing clean water, supporting marine and freshwater fisheries, safeguarding crop wild relatives and land races, addressing health issues under climate change and biodiversity conservation and maintaining ecosystem resilience.

FAO profile for climate change

This document outlines FAO's priorities for its current and future work on climate change. It focuses on adaptation and mitigation strategies in the agricultural sectors and advocates for better management of synergies and trade-offs among both. It also points to the areas where adaptation and mitigation activities merge with ongoing development efforts to improve sustainable use of natural resources for increased production, income, food security and rural development.

Fact sheet

stepping up international action on climate change - the road to Copenhagen
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This fact sheet provides a background and introduces the main bodies and topics involved in the Copenhagen international climate change negotiations. It consists of two parts: Part one provides an overview of the mechanics of the UN climate change negotiations and explains what the negotiating process leading up to Copenhagen looks like. Part two zooms in on the main issues in these negotiations: dealing with the impacts of climate change (adaptation), curbing emissions of green house gases (mitigation), finance and technology.

Climate change: the safety’s off

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This book provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the effects of climate change, adaptation and measures needed to curb looming environmental crises. It contains articles written by some forty researchers about the physical science basis, about climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, and about mitigation of climate change.