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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Practical Adaptation

Anthony Nyong, manager of the Compliance and Safeguard Division at the African Development Bank, recently directed some pointed criticism at the international climate science and adaptation communities:

"85 per cent of the money coming to Africa for adaptation is used for 'capacity building' [meetings] in hotels - yet nobody has ever built capacity in a hotel"
Nyong suggested time is being wasted in the study of climate change and adaptation processes by researchers and the pursuit of small-scale adaptation pilot projects. Nyong stressed the need for a new approach to adaptation which focuses on embedding adaptation within a broader and more vigorous development agenda that enhances the capacity of people to cope with climate change.

While climate science will continue to remain fundamental to supporting adaptation efforts, Nyong's comments remind us that the research community has an obligation to see that research translated into action.

U.S. Climate Knowledge

Tony Leiserowitz et al have published a survey of U.S. knowledge of climate change. While the results aren't particularly encouraging (with over 50% of survey respondents scoring an 'F'), this is probably representative of the U.S. public's knowledge of science in general. Nevertheless, it highlights the significant challenges involved in building public support for climate policy (be it mitigation or adaptation). The good news: the survey evidences the long-held public trust in the scientific community.

Friday, October 1, 2010

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Climate Change Strategy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the final version of its strategic plan for climate change. The plan focuses on three key strategies: adaptation, mitigation, and stakeholder engagement. When it comes to its proposed actions on adaptation, however, the strategy largely proposes to develop another strategy, specifically a National Fish and Wildlife Climate Adaptation Strategy, along with a range of institutional capacity building activities.