Strengthening climate resilience in African cities: a framework for working with informality

Introduction: The idea of ‘climate compatible development’ is gaining ground in international policy circles. It is aimed at fusing the climate change adaptation and mitigation agendas with the mainstream development agenda. This raises a key set of questions, especially where African cities – and other developing world cities – are concerned. What opportunities and challenges […]

Climate change and Cape Town’s future

Climate change is reshaping our understanding of development pathways, bringing into stark relief how development choices impact us unequally and often in unintended or unforeseen ways as mediated through the environment or earth system. As these impacts and feedback loops become more apparent and better understood, there is growing need to reconfigure the ways we […]

Climate Data & Analysis in Ethiopia

It is now possible for anyone to easily access very fine-grained climate information for Ethiopia, pertaining to temperature and rainfall over the last 30 years, via a set of online maps. “The information could be used in a number of applications, including long term investment and developmental studies, tourist information, disaster reduction and preparedness planning and […]

Cleaning industrial production in West African cities

Some interesting news on the urban sustainability in Africa front. The city of Tema, a sprawling, bustling and gritty hub of industrial activity on the Ghanaian coast, is now host to a National Centre of Excellence for Cleaner Production. With support from UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Centre has been established to serve Ghana […]

A community-based strategy for tackling climate change in the city

Nottingham in the UK has just released their climate change strategy for 2012-2020. While many cities have started developing such plans what seems to be quite unique about the Nottingham one is that is goes right down to the ward level within the city, the smallest unit of administration that is closest to the individual […]

Cities committing politically to act on climate change

The Conference of Parties (COP) is a meeting of the countries that have signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, a forum in which representatives of nation states / countries partake in international negotiations on what to do about climate change. Initially local and sub-national governments were completely absent from these international negotiations, but […]

What’s the difference between climate change adaptation and mitigation?

The distinction between adaptation and mitigation still confuses many who are not so familiar with all the climate change talk, particularly those coming from fields of work where these words are used to mean different things. In the field of climate change, mitigation refers to actions taken to lower the concentration of greenhouse gasses in […]

Making Climate Change Visible

Two of the reasons that Climate Change is proving to be a really difficult phenomenon to tackle is because it’s so big (global in extent and stretching over many decades) and so complex (in that there are many relationships and cause and effect loops involved). This means that it’s not easy for you or me […]