Building Resilience to the Shocks and Stresses of Climate Change

Building Resilience to the Shocks and Stresses of Climate Change

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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 8:00am



Guest Blog by Fred Boltz and Anders Granlund

The year ahead is a critical one for the planet’s climate and our collective future. In December 2015, countries will come together in Paris to finalize a global treaty that could set us on a path toward capping and eventually reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There is momentum with the recent agreement between the United States and China. More commitments are needed, but we also need to change our approaches to climate change and other stresses.

The effects of climate change are already visible around us. Extreme weather events are occurring with increasing magnitude and frequency across the planet. Destructive typhoons, hurricanes, droughts and flooding are impacting millions of lives, hindering growth and development, and exacerbating poverty—particularly among low-income populations. The most vulnerable populations are those that lack the resources to prepare for and respond to these acute shocks and chronic stresses.                

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Fred Boltz is Managing Director for Ecosystems at The Rockefeller Foundation; Anders Granlund is Lead Policy Specialist, Environment and Climate at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.  

CATEGORY: Environment