Frank Thomalla let us know that the Asia Center in Bangkok just joined the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk network. He leads an initiative on Transforming Development and Disaster Risk, now in its second phase. This network and initiative are key to bringing disasters and adaptation together. Both need to move along the continuum from 'good resource management' to transformations that are prepared for the coming climeractic.
In late April, GCAP and Grupo Laera headed to Washington DC to present the Private Markets for Climate Resilience (PMCR) project at Proadapt’s “Climate Risk and Investment Symposium: Framing Private Challenges and Opportunities”. The conference, organized by Proadapt, a program of the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank, in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund, showcased thought leaders and practitioners with topics which included examples of resilience investments in selected sectors, evolving investment instruments, models and metrics, developments in climate resilience data, analytics and entrepreneurship, among other issues.
The UK goes back to the polls again in June for another election (we just can’t enough of democracy!) so its worth considering what this means for climate adaptation and mitigation in the UK. Clearly at this point a huge amount is uncertain, but I think there are several implications:
The etymology of words is something that has always intrigued me, as I find it easier to spell something if I know where its roots come from. What also interests me is how words get appropriated from one discipline to another. The climate change field seems rife with these. Mitigation, Adaptation, and more recently Resilience, are obvious examples. (Mitigation, for example, stems from legal Latin of the 14th Century!)
I recently had my second child, and inevitably it got me thinking about the impacts of climate change, and what sort of world they will grow up in (because I’m a climate nerd and I can’t help it!). When we talk about a 2C-3°C rise in temperature by 2050, or the need to be emissions neutral by then, or the cost of climate damages, we’re talking about the world of their 30s, which personally helps make things a bit more tangible.