Who caused climate change (and who should act)?

First, apologies for the long break. Source: Khalil Bendig, http://otherwords.org/climate-change-we-can-believe-in/ So, do we have a problem with a global warming? Pretty much everyone agrees that the world has warmed, and 97% of climate scientists agree that humans have caused it. Most of those also agree that it is going to get worse, and we should definitely [...]

Cities and Climate Change – Part 3

So far we have seen that the world has become primarily urban. Therefore, it's important to consider how cities are affected or going to be affected by climate change and how they are adapting to it. Some of the main ways by which cities are affected by climate change is through water: Flooding because river [...]

Cities and Climate Change

So, last time we spoke about two ways by which cities around the world are coping with climate change: slum relocation and waste management - with different degrees of success. Today, let's discuss a big one: sea level rise. The sea has been rising faster in the last 25 years than it has in the [...]

Cities and Climate Change

Coping with climate change - urban edition. More and more people are moving to cities. (www.un.org) They come seeking their fortunes - hoping for better lives - be it better education for their children, higher paying jobs, better healthcare etc. For the first time in history, the world became majority urban. So, its a good [...]

Daily Reading – 07/10/14

Light reading day. A light way to get to know climate change is to read "eco-fiction" or "cli fi". Some good works on the subject: https://freewordcentre.com/blog/2014/09/12-works-of-climate-fiction-everyone-should-read/ The social and unequal aspects of climate change: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rosaly-byrd/climate-change-is-a-socia_b_5939186.html?utm_hp_ref=tw A possible way forward or a "wedge". Developed nations paying poorer countries with forests to not develop those forests: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/13/climate-trades

Daily Reading – 06/10/14

Taking out an insurance policy The government impact in beginning to cope with climate change is quite low: additional investment in R&D, which, to quote from the article, is "a rounding error", income (that could be selectively ploughed into compensation, research, temporary subsidies) from carbon taxes and different policies. The impact on the players in the private [...]

Daily Reading: 03/10/2014

Climate Change is a classic case of "Tragedy of the commons". Briefly, when a group of individuals (persons, companies, countries) have shared access to a common resource (think "air"), each person will behave in a manner that maximizes his return at the cost of the groups. In climate change, there's a twist. Developed nations who [...]