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A change of course - How to build a fair future in a 1.5° world

Eds.: BUND, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Misereor, (2016)

In Paris in December 2015 the parties to the UN Climate Convention agreed to keep global warming „well below“ 2 degrees Celsius, ideally at only 1,5 degrees by 2100. On October 5th 2016 more than 55 countries accounting for more than 55 % of the total global greenhouse gas emissions have ratified the ratified the Agreement so that November 4th will see its entry into force. The new 1.5 degree limit is an unequivocal call to action: More needs to be done at once to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. By the second half of the century the world is supposed to be „climate neutral“. With the countries current commitments to emission reductions this goal cannot be achieved. In addition, the mainstream scenarios on offer pin their hopes on questionable, risky and costly technologies. Focussing on these technofixes is a dangerous distraction from necessary steps that we can already implement today. With our booklet “A change of course: How to build a future in a 1,5° world” we present alternatives of how we can stay within the 1,5 degree limit and achieve climate justice and sustainable development.

After Maria: Everyday Recovery from Disaster

Gemma Sou and John Cei Douglas, Eds.: The University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K, (2019)

In 2017 Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. “After Maria” is based on a one-year ethnographic research project about how 16 low-income Puerto Rican families were affected by, and recovered from the impacts of Maria. Dr. Gemma Sou visited Puerto Rico five times during the first year after Maria, to chat candidly about how the families were recovering. Although this graphic novella tells the story of a fictional family, “After Maria” is based on the experiences that tie together all of the Puerto Rican families that I spoke to.

Global Hunger Index 2019. Synopsis

Welthungerhilfe, Concern worldwide, (2019)

Climate Change and Hunger The latest data available show that while we have made progress in reducing hunger on a global scale since 2000, we still have a long way to go. Of the 117 countries with GHI scores, levels of hunger are still serious or alarming in 47 countries and extremely alarming in one country. This year’s report focuses on climate change—an increasingly relevant threat to the world’s hungry and vulnerable people that requires immediate action

Global Hunger Index 2019

Welthungerhilfe, Concern worldwide, (2019)

This year focus: The challenge of hunger and climate change 43 countries out of 117 countries have levels of hunger that remain serious 4 countries Chad, Madagascar, Yemen, and Zambia suffer from hunger levels that are alarming and 1 country Central African Republic from a level that is extremely alarming High-income countries are not included in the GHI but still show variable, non-negligible rates of food insecurity. The Food Insecurity Experience Scale—another measure of hunger not used in or directly comparable to the GHI—shows that in the European Union, 18 percent of households with children under age 15 experience moderate or severe food insecurity.

The global climate in 2015–2019

World Meteorological Organization, (2019)

Compared to the previous five-year assessment period 2011–2015, the current five-year period 2015–2019 has seen a continued increase in carbon dioxide (CO2 ) emissions and an accelerated increase in the atmospheric concentration of major greenhouse gases (GHGs), with growth rates nearly 20% higher. The increase in the oceanic CO2 concentration has increased the ocean’s acidity. The five-year period 2015–20191 is likely to be the warmest of any equivalent period on record globally, with a 1.1 °C global temperature increase since the pre-industrial period and a 0.2 °C increase compared to the previous five-year period.

Después de María: Recuperación dia a día después del desastre.

Gemma Sou y John Cei Douglas , Eds.: La Universidad de Manchester, Manchester, R.U., (2019)

Climate Change, Migration and Displacement

Eds.: Greenpeace Germany, (2017)

What at first glance appears to be simple causality – climate change leading to more and more migration – has triggered intense academic debate over the past ten years because the circumstances are complex. There is need for a thorough analysis in the ground between denying the problem and asserting immediate causality. In international relations, migration induced by climate change and environmental degradation is increasingly recognized as a problem, whether in the framework of international climate policy, international migration policy, development cooperation, or international crisis management. But considering the dimension of these major challenges, only small steps have been taken so far. The scope of the problem continues to be underestimated. Climate change is jeopardizing the livelihoods of more and more people. It is a risk multiplier. Although understanding of the connection between climate change and migration has increased, many questions have yet to be answered. We need more knowledge to better support the people affected.

Migration und Flucht durch Klimawandel - Wie der Klimawandel Menschen zur Aufgabe ihrer Heimat zwingt

Eds.: Oxfam Deutschland e.V., (2016)

Der Klimawandel verschärft die Treiber für Migration und Flucht Zu den ohnehin bestehenden Gründen, die Menschen zum Verlassen ihrer Heimat zwingen, kommt der Klimawandel verschärfend hinzu. Schätzungen zur Rolle des Klimawandels sind wegen der Komplexität des Zusammenspiels verschiedener Migrations- oder Fluchtursachen äußerst schwierig. Die Vorhersagen über das mögliche Ausmaß von Migration infolge des Klimawandels gehen daher weit auseinander – bis zum Jahr 2050 könnten zwischen 25 und 700 Millionen Menschen davon betroffen sein (micle 2012).

Katastrophen durch Klimawandel - Wie der Klimawandel zur Chaos, Zerstörung und Hunger führt

Eds.: Oxfam Deutschland e.V., (2015)

Kaum ein Jahr vergeht inzwischen, ohne dass von neuen Rekorden bei Extremwetterereignissen berichtet wird. Naturkatastrophen und Wetterextreme werden insgesamt immer häufiger und nehmen an Stärke zu – und der Klimawandel spielt dabei eine immer größere und zerstörerische Rolle. Wie schlimm die Katastrophen die Menschen treffen, wird jedoch nicht nur durch ihre Häufigkeit und Stärke bestimmt. Auch die „Verwundbarkeit“ der Länder und der Menschen gegenüber den Auswirkungen der Naturkatastrophen ist ausschlaggebend für das Maß der Zerstörung (IPCC 2012). Die Erfahrungen aus den vergangenen Katastrophen und die Vorhersagen für die Zukunft zeigen dabei, dass die verwundbarsten Länder gleichzeitig zu den ärmsten der Welt gehören. Um die schlimmsten Auswirkungen durch klimawandelbedingte Naturkatastrophen in den Entwicklungsländern noch zu verhindern, muss der Klimawandel soweit wie möglich begrenzt werden. Klimaschutz ist eine Voraussetzung für nachhaltige Entwicklung und eine Welt ohne Armut und Hunger.

Hunger durch Klimawandel - Die Folgen des Klimawandels für die Ernährungssicherheit

Eds.: Oxfam Deutschland e.V., (2015)

Der Klimawandel und seine Folgen bedrohen schon heute Millionen von Menschen weltweit. Wissenschaftler/-innen warnen seit Jahren davor, dass ein ungebremster Klimawandel die Welt ins Chaos führen wird. Obwohl der Klimaschutz seit Jahren im Zentrum der öffentlichen Debatte steht und auch weltweit in unzähligen Initiativen, Aktionsplänen und konkreter Politik Berücksichtigung findet, steigt der Ausstoß klimaschädlicher Treibhausgase nach wie vor.

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