UNU approaches the multiple threats of climate change from a methodologically rigorous, interdisciplinary, solution-focused perspective, and seeks to provide relevant knowledge, including traditional and indigenous perspectives, to those who most need and can best utilize it.
"We have less than 10 years to halt the global rise in greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences for people and the planet. It is, simply, the greatest collective challenge we face as a human family."
—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
10 August 2009
In 2010, several distinguished speakers made presentations related to climate change at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. (Click on the title to view a video of the lecture.)
Japan-CARICOM Public Symposium
The focus of this event, held on 2 September, was "Climate Change and Biodiversity". The symposium featured presentations by several foreign ministers from the Caribbean Community as well as Japanese academics and experts.
The award-winning Our World 2.0 web magazine, produced by the UNU Media Centre, shares the ideas and actions of citizens around the world who are transforming our lives for the better through video briefs, articles, debates, photo essays and public events. Climate is one of the four themes covered by Our World 2.0.
A project in Tajikistan aims to unite leading scientists and local communities to document scientific and traditional knowledge on climate change.
Insurance and risk reduction measures could reduce long-term adaptation costs and help those vulnerable to manage some of the impacts of climate change.
This video brief, the first in a 3-part series showcasing Bangladeshi resilience in coping with climate change, looks at a fisherman's struggle.
The divisions we see around climate change are nothing new. Indeed they resemble the divergent views on population growth in the days of Thomas Malthus.
The document linked at the right lists almost 70 selected publications relating to climate change produced by UNU researchers that are available online. It covers research published from 2008 to 2010, and is categorized by publication type to facilitate your exploration of UNU research.
Among recent UNU climate-related publications are the following:
Warner, K.; Zissener, M.; Kreft, S.; Hoppe, P.; Bals, C.; Linnerooth-Bayer, J.; Haas, A.; Gurenko, E.; Loster, T.; Burton, I. (2010): Solutions for Vulnerable Countries and People: Designing and Implementing Disaster Risk Reduction & Insurance for Adaptation. Policy Brief, UNU-EHS.
Braimoh, A.; Subramanian, M.S.; Elliott, W.; Gasparatos, A. (2010): Climate and Human-Related Drivers of Biodiversity Decline in Southeast Asia. UNU-IAS Policy Report. UNU-IAS, Yokohama, Japan.
Arndt, C.; Strzepeck, K.; Tarp, F.; Thurlow, J.; Fant, C.; Wright, L. (2010): Adapting to Climate Change: An Integrated Biophysical and Economic Assessment for Mozambique. UNU-WIDER Working Paper 2010/101.
Warner, K.; Loster, T.; Zissener, M.; Kreft, S.; Linnerooth-Bayer, J.; Bals, C.; Hoppe, P.; Gurenko, E.; Burton, I.; Haas, A. (2009): Vulnerable Countries and People: How Disaster Risk Reduction & Insurance Can Help Manage the Risks of Climate Change. Policy Brief, UNU-EHS.
Oliver-Smith, A.; Shen, X. (Eds.) (2009): Linking Environmental Change, Migration & Social Vulnerability. SOURCE No. 12. UNU-EHS, Bonn, Germany.
McLean, K.G. (ed.) (2009): Climate Change Experiences in Northern Australia - Health, Adaptation, Fire Management and Global Relevance: Proceedings of the International Public Forum on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change - The Tropical Australian Experience. UNU-IAS, Yokohama, Japan.
Usable Thoughts: Climate, Water and Weather in the Twenty-First Century
Michael H. Glantz and Qian Ye
This book draws on quotations taken from the WMO-sponsored publication Climate: Into the 21st Century to stimulate discussion about the earth's climate system, including its interrelatedness to human society and the environment, the impact of climate variability, and climate extremes and change.
Climate Change in Asia: Perspectives on the Future Climate Regime
Edited by Yasuko Kameyama, Agus P. Sari, Moekti H. Soejahmoen and Norichika Kanie
Countries in Asia have particularly high stakes in the intense and growing international debate over the future climate change regime.
Nature, Society, and Population Displacement:
Toward an Understanding of Environmental Migration and Social Vulnerability
Anthony Oliver-Smith, 2009; Part of the UNU-EHS InterSecTions series.
The Anchorage Declaration
Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change, April 2009
Visit the UNU Traditional Knowledge Initiative Publications page for information on forthcoming publications and the Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change video series.
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Over a decade ago, most countries joined an international treaty, UNFCCC, focused on considering what can be done to reduce global warming and to cope with whatever temperature increases are inevitable.
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