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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

U.S. Homeland Security Quadrennial Review

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released its 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, which highlights highlights ongoing areas of priority and renewed areas of emphasis to guide strategic planning for the agency. To this end, the report does acknowledge climate change as a "threat multiplier" and notes that "Natural hazards are becoming more costly to address, with increasingly variable consequences due in part to drivers such as climate change and interdependent and aging infrastructure."

Risky Business in the United States

The Risky Business Project, which was launched in the United States in October of 2013, has released its report Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change to the United States.Chaired by economic luminaries Michael R. Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, Risky Business examines the economic costs of climate change for coastal damages, agricultural production, and labor productivity.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Reducing the Administrative Burden of Federally Funded Research

A recent report from the U.S. National Science Foundation's National Science Board finds that U.S. researchers are spending a significant fraction of their working hours administering federal research grants rather than conducting research.

Sunday, June 15, 2014


The European Union's (EU) EUROCLIMA climate change cooperation programme with Latin America has published four publications that aim to provide guidance to Latin American governments as they design mitigation and adaptation strategies and policies. 

New State-based Adaptation Initiatives

The states of Hawaii and Rhode Island have passed new legislation to coordinate efforts on climate change adaptation. Both acts establish climate councils in the states. The Hawaii legislation also creates a mechanism for ongoing assessment of risks and adaptation options on a five-year cycle and mandates adaptation planning efforts that span both near-term and long-term priorities.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

UNFCCC Capacity Building Portal

The UNFCCC recently launched a new "Capacity-building Portal" - a tool devised  to help  monitor and review the capacity to better mitigate and adapt to climate change.Those interested in capacity-building activities can use the search results in various ways, such as:
  • Having a quick overview of the type of capacity-building support provided at the global, regional and country level
  • Tracking  specific project activities and programmes
  • Identifying and building on best practices
  • Identifying potential gaps in the delivery of capacity-building
  • Accessing information on stakeholders involved, funding sources and amounts allocated
  • Improving coordination of capacity-building support, including by identifying duplications of efforts
  • Identifying possible cooperation partners