All pages with keywords: drought

More than 170 countries have national policies on adaptation to manage the risks of climate change impacts

Press release 9 December, 2019

More than 170 countries have now introduced national policies and laws on climate change adaptation to address impacts including the rising risks of extreme events such as floods and droughts, … read more »


Researchers warn that world leaders are being misled by economic assessments of future climate change impacts

Press release 20 September, 2019

An international group of researchers today (20 September 2019) warn that policymakers have been receiving economic assessments of future climate change impacts which omit the biggest risks. The researchers on … read more »


The missing economic risks in assessments of climate change impacts

a policy publication by Ruth DeFries, Ottmar Edenhofer, Alex Halliday, Geoffrey Heal, Timothy Lenton, Michael Puma, James Rising, Johan Rockström, Alex C. Ruane, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, David Stainforth, Nicholas Stern, Marco Tedesco, Bob Ward 20 September, 2019

Economic assessments of the potential future risks of climate change have been omitting or grossly underestimating many of the most serious consequences for lives and livelihoods because these risks are difficult to quantify precisely and lie outside of human experience. This policy insight identifies and draws attention to these ‘missing risks’ and discusses how populations might fare in light of their potential to adapt in the face of these risks. read more »


As Southern Africa faces new urban drought challenges, who is heeding the wake-up call?

a commentary by Kate Elizabeth Gannon, Patrick Curran, Declan Conway 4 December, 2018

The major disruption to urban water and hydroelectricity supplies caused by the conditions accompanying the 2015/16 El Niño in Southern Africa show that governments and businesses need to be more prepared for climatic extremes, argue the authors of this commentary. read more »


Resilient, but from whose perspective? Like-for-like comparison of objective and subjective evaluations of resilience

Resilient, but from whose perspective? Like-for-like comparison of objective and subjective evaluations of resilience

a working paper by Lindsey Jones, Marco D'Errico 6 September, 2018

Little has been known to date about how objective and subjective modes of evaluating resilience compare. This paper addresses this gap, introducing a new method of subjective evaluation through household surveys in Uganda. The findings are relevant to evaluation toolkit design. read more »


Disaster risk, climate change, and poverty: assessing the global exposure of poor people to floods and droughts

Disaster risk, climate change, and poverty: assessing the global exposure of poor people to floods and droughts

a research article by Mook Bangalore 2 March, 2018

People living in poverty are particularly vulnerable to shocks, including those caused by natural disasters such as floods and droughts. This paper analyses household survey data and hydrological riverine flood … read more »


Does choice of drought index influence estimates of drought-induced cereal losses in India?

Does choice of drought index influence estimates of drought-induced cereal losses in India?

a working paper by Francisco Pereira Fontes, Ashley Gorst, Charles Palmer 28 August, 2017

This research suggests that by using a more flexible measure of droughts policy-makers could more effectively shape policy responses relating to climate adaptation and more accurately identify agricultural locations more vulnerable to climate change. read more »