IHP news 504: Planetary health

By on January 11, 2019

New Internationalist – Five climate struggles to watch in 2019

https://newint.org/features/2018/12/17/temperature-check

“Danny Chivers reports on the key environmental struggles to keep track of in the coming year.” Recommended: among others: “The jury is out: According to the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, over 1,000 climate-change cases have now been filed against governments, corporations and individuals in 24 countries. Many of these have important hearing dates in 2019….”; the new direct-action network Extinction Rebellion (XR) goes global; rainforest protection in Brazil, …”

On the latter issue, you might want to read in Foreign PolicyBrazil Was a Global Leader on Climate Change. Now It’s a Threat.

Vox – The Green New Deal, explained

D Roberts; https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/12/21/18144138/green-new-deal-alexandria-ocasio-cortez

An insurgent movement is pushing Democrats to back an ambitious climate change solution.”  In-depth analysis of what a GND involves. Hopefully, ten years after the term “Green New Deal” was coined, the time is finally ripe. In any case, AOC’s GND is ‘trending’ 😊.

As for the three core key principles of a GND, they are: decarbonization, jobs, and justice.  But there are plenty of challenges ahead as well.

ODI (research report)- Influencing adaptation policy: the role of policy entrepreneurs in securing ownership and climate action in South Asia

https://www.odi.org/publications/11264-influencing-adaptation-policy-role-policy-entrepreneurs-securing-ownership-and-climate-action-south

“… To date, many of the transferable lessons on adaptation mainstreaming have been in the form of technical approaches such as risk assessments and toolkits. In contrast, this paper provides an empirically informed review of some of the more tacit and informal approaches used to influence adaptation policy. This review, produced by Action on Climate Today (ACT), highlights the particular role of policy entrepreneurs who work in policy-making arenas to promote policy change. They navigate the political complexity of both formal and informal systems of governance to promote successful adaptation mainstreaming processes, through brokering, advocacy and networking to influence policy. Building on previous policy influencing perspectives from the political science literature, the paper uses empirical examples from the ACT programme in South Asia to create a typology of influencing strategies. It suggests there are a number of ways to maximise the potential of a programme for policy influencing and entrepreneurship in order to mainstream climate change into development….”

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Guardian – Global warming of oceans equivalent to an atomic bomb per second

Guardian – Warming oceans likely to raise sea levels 30cm by end of century – study

The world’s oceans are warming at a faster rate than previously estimated, new research has found, raising fresh concerns over the rapid progress of climate change….”

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