Two longstanding champions, Bert Metz and Hartmut Grassl, have re-visited "Climate change: science and the precautionary principle" that analyses the interplay between science and politics on climate change over the last 25 years. Do take a look, a sobering reflection as the pace of scientific evidence has vastly outstripped real action.
Dr KR Viswanathan, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, was a participant at 2013 Adaptation Academy. He describes why he found the learning experience so distinctive and rewarding.
"When I arrived in Oxford a day before the start of the GCAP organised Course on Climate Adaptation, I had mixed feelings and a few questions. What was I going to take back from the course, as learnings? How effectively could these be applied in my work situation? The answers to these were forthcoming the very first day.
Greenland ice sheet showing area experiencing at least one melt day at present (red)
You've seen the headlines besetting another News Corp publication? The Guardian feed covers the essentials: The new Times Atlas was ushered in with a press release that 15% of Greenland's ice sheet had disappeared in the past decade. John Vidal notes the publisher launching the atlas, saying "This is concrete evidence of how climate change is altering the face of the planet forever – and doing so at an alarming and accelerating rate", reiterated by a spokeswoman on Monday.
GCAP completed its second Adaptation Academy Foundation Course in Cape Town, South Africa. The course was a huge success and has helped shape the direction of the Academy and future courses. We are excited that we were able to connect with a great group of participants and look forward to the 2012 course.
Muriel, an Adaptation Analyst at GCAP, attended this course as both a participant and trainer. Here is what she had to say:
"Though the Adaptation Academy Foundation Course took place over a month ago, I still reflect on my experiences during the Course and the people I met. Throughout the Course, I deepened my understanding of methods to support practical and robust adaptation decisions; further expanding on the work I have done with GCAP since I started working a year ago.