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Strategies and pathways that can make Indian agriculture resilient and sustainable in a changing climate By Arabinda K Padhee , Anthony Whitbread Shared with the permission of Arabinda K Padhee: " Though the article is India specific, the suggested pathways to make agriculture resilient and sustainable, applies to other countries, mainly in the global south" India’s pledge of Panchamrit (five-fold strategy) to fight climate change, announced during the 26th Conference of the Parties (CoP26) at Glasgow, Scotland, has caught global attention. The country’s new commitments include reaching 500 giga-watt (GW) of non-fossil fuel energy capacity by 2030; ...
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“The impact on road transportation systems can be particularly stark, leading to delay, disruption, damage and potentially failure.” In the wake of COP26 , attention has once again focused on how best to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is widely accepted that Climate Change poses a critical threat to future development, particularly in areas where poverty is widespread and infrastructure either underdeveloped or vulnerable to extreme weather events. The body of scientific evidence indicates that climate change will increase the frequency and intensity of a range of extreme ...
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The Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain (ACES) is set to scale-up its work and develop a pan-continental network of outreach centres – thanks to a further $3.3 million (£2.5 million) funding boost from the UK Government. ACES is a partnership between the Rwandan Government, the University of Birmingham and UN Environment Programme’s United for Efficiency (UNEP U4E) which unites international and localized energy, technology, finance, capacity building and policy expertise. The new funding from Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will enhance the centre’s research and development capacity through a network ...
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This blog was originally posted on the University of Birmingham website COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, concluded on 13 November with an intergovernmental pact and a series of supplementary intergovernmental agreements – most prominently to reduce methane emissions and deforestation. But responsible capitalism must be built around four sectoral pillars – household, business and financial, as well as government – all operating within scientifically-determined planetary boundaries that help maintain resilient natural ecosystems. So it was good to also see pledges from major corporations to develop paths to ‘net zero’ carbon emissions ...
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The Resilient Cities theme of the Institute for Global Innovation (IGI) organized a series of online webinars in March 2021 to explore the links between climate change and other UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . These webinars were categorized into three sustainable areas: 1 . Human and social (SDGs 1, 3, 5, 10), 2. Environment and Resources (SDGs 2, 6, 7, 12, 14, 15), and 3. Governance (SDGs 8, 9, 11, 16, 17). The initiative brought together academic experts from various disciplines within the University of Birmingham to examine sustainable goals in the light of climate change. We hope by linking climate actions to other SDGs we ...
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Tackling climate change and poverty: solving the conundrum By Karen Rowlingson (Professor of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy, Sociology & Criminology, University of Birmingham) & Demi Delaperelle (MSc Environment, Development & Politics, University of Birmingham and the Forum for Global Challenges) The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to tackle the greatest challenges facing humanity. Rather than seeking to tackle them separately, it is crucial to consider the intersections between them and this blog focuses on the links between SDG1: No Poverty and SDG13: Climate Action to ensure ...
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Air of the Anthropocene

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham are exploring the impact of airborne particles on our planet’s atmosphere – working in China, East Africa, India and the UK to examine a human-made phenomenon that results in worsening air quality and ensuing health issues or rising atmospheric temperatures contributing to the effects of global warming. Everyone has an idea of what air pollution is but it can be difficult to grasp the levels of contamination in the air we breathe every day. Backed by the National Lottery, Air of the Anthropocene is a fascinating project that documents air pollution levels around the world through photography. Created by artist ...
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On the 31 st March 2021, the UK government will convene the Climate and Development Ministerial meeting to discuss practical next steps on priority issues for climate vulnerable countries and communities ahead of COP26. Professor Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development , provides his insights on priorities in conversation with Professor Fiona Nunan. Which major challenges facing low and middle-income countries should be addressed urgently at COP26? Professor Huq suggests that one urgent issue is dealing with the realities of climate change, now we are living in a climate-changed world. ...
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Plastics have impacted almost every aspect of our lives. From ubiquitous packaging, bulk materials and smartphones to invisible polymers added to cleaning products to improve performance; modern life would be impossible without them. However, the vast majority of plastics are only possible because of unconstrained access to low cost crude hydrocarbons, and. ignorance of the environmental and social ramifications of plastic pollution has been widely highlighted by the negative impacts of microplastics and plastic litter in the global environment. Plastics are a paradox. Plastics pose an urgent, wicked and persistent problem to be resolved. How do we confront the ...
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The world faces multiple challenges – the climate emergency, 700 million people living in extreme poverty and relentless loss of animal and plant species. The global pandemic has added to these challenges and reminds us that global challenges cannot be tackled in isolation. They must be tackled together. Acting on multiple global challenges for a more equal, fair and sustainable world requires communication, collaboration and cooperation. This is the role of the Forum for Global Challenges. What is the Forum for Global Challenges? The Forum for Global Challenges is an international conference that aims to catalyse action on global challenges. It will ...
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