Climate Change links I liked: Adaptation – the Economist, the Guardian and some good news from Burkina Faso and Kenya; Indian environmentalism; extreme LDC weather; a tribunal in Bangladesh; and an Advisory Group that doesn’t advise,

November 29, 2010

     By Duncan Green     

A random round-up of climate change links to coincide with this week’s UN gabfest in Cancún

An excellent overview on climate change adaptation from The Economist. Favourite quote? ‘The best starting point for adaptation is to be rich’.

“The environmental issue in India has been seen to be largely an upper-middle class elitist issue. I believe that a larger number of Indians are actually concerned about the environment than we give credit.” Jairam Ramesh, India’s pugnacious environment minister talks to the Guardian en route to Cancun.

According to UNCTAD’s new Least Developed Countries Report 2010 (Climate Change section starts on page 125), ‘there has been an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events in UNCTAD LDCs & CClesser developed countries, with five times as many incidents occurring from 2000-2010 as during the 1970s’ (see graph).

And a Guardian adaptation podcast brings together the paper’s John Vidal, Davyth Stewart from Global Witness, and Saleemul Huq, (International Institute for Environment and Development)

Proud Dad slot. Son Finlay writing about the recent climate change tribunal in Bangladesh

Simon Maxwell is disappointed by the High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, which seems to have failed to offer much in the way of advice……

And finally, some good news on climate change – we’ll probably need it by the end of this week: farmers restoring soils, reforesting and improving water management in Burkina Faso and Kenya (but be warned, you have to get past the irritatingly patronizing voice-over, which sounds like a 1950s Pathe newsreel)

November 29, 2010
Duncan Green