Subject: climate change

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Coal stunt at G7. Credit: Oxfam Deutschland

Why the G7 have made but a stuttering start on climate change

Climate justice calls for the richest countries most responsible for causing the problem of climate change to phase out fossil fuels first and fastest, but will this happen? With only a matter of...

Small farmer that produces corn struggles to survive during the worst drought of the past 47 years in Coiceio do Coit, Bahia, Brazil (2011).

Bringing 'the environment' back down to earth

Today is UN World Environment Day, but unlike other more straightforward occasions, it is not always clear just how to celebrate this one. Here, Daniel Morchain suggests some possible ways that those...

Former ski resort on Chacaltaya close to La Paz. Credit: Sally Rangecroft

Finding hidden water resources in Bolivia

With demand for water growing, new research by Sally Rangecroft has identified 54 rock glaciers in Bolivia that could provide an important source of all-year round water supply to local communities....

Shahdadpur, Sanghar district: Residents collecting their belongings on a higher ground outside village. Credit: Tariq Masood Malik/ Oxfam

From short-sighted politics to a clear vision for climate action

As climate change continues to have a devastating impact on people's lives, Daniel Morchain argues that the challenge for climate change adaptation practitioners is to deliver a convincing message...

Maximino Beringue is a tenant farmer in the Philippines, he had a two storey house but it was completely destroyed during Typhoon Haiyan. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Climate change and resilience: campaigns Tom and development Geri discuss

Is it possible to reconcile the views of campaigners and development practitioners on the place of climate change within programming through the concept of 'resilience'? On Tuesday John Magrath...

Tens of thousands fill the streets for The Wave Climate Rally in London, December 2009. Credit: Chris Worrell/Oxfam

Climate change: exceptional or unexceptional? Campaigns Tom and development Geri discuss

Why are there divergent views on where climate change fits within the development and humanitarian communities? Programme researcher John Magrath presents an imaginary conversation. ...

Women sharing traditional methods of weather forecasting with Uganda National Meteorology Authority (UNMA) staff, Kasese district, Western Uganda. Credit: Tracy Kajumba

Seasonal climate forecasts for all: a success story from Uganda

In 2012, the Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA) embarked on a partnership with the Uganda National Meteorology Authority (UNMA) with the aim of giving men and women farmers universal...

Rice harvest, Philippines. Credit: Tessa Bunney/Oxfam

Averting disaster through automated weather stations

Automated weather stations provide highly accurate forecasts. Vincent Malasador, DRR Programme Officer for Oxfam in the Philippines, explains how they are being used to enhance the capacity of local...

Workers preparing fields to grow corn, Gutu project irrigation site. Credit: David White/Oxfam

Weather alerts by text message: a climate change adaptation success?

Accurate weather forecasts can help farmers to improve their harvests and protect their livestock, but poor rural communities often lack access to this information. In the first of a series of blogs...

Caption: Flood waters still remain in the Caia district of the Zambezi river region, Feb 2008. Andy Hall/Oxfam

Floods: opportunities or threats to resilience? Ask a farmer

The idea of resilience, the capacity to adapt and thrive in the face of adversity, has become increasingly important within international development. Resilience thinking is often presented as inherently...

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