Costs of natural disasters for small states can be more than four times that for larger countries. (Photo: IISD)
Feature Story | Dec 19 2016

Sometimes, small isn’t necessarily beautiful.  A new policy paper by the International Monetary Fund highlights the big consequences small states can suffer from natural disasters. 

The setting sun is partially obscured by smoke from an out of control 2015 wildfire on the Parks Highway near Willow, Alaska. (Reuters/Mat-Su Borough/Stefan Hinman)
In the News | Dec 19 2016

A new report, published Thursday as a special edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, provides some of the best evidence yet that climate change already has a hand in our worst weather. 

Feature Story | Dec 15 2016

Ranked 187th out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index, Niger is the world’s poorest country.  It is almost four times the size of the UK or slightly more than twice the size of California. The high variability in the country’s rainfall patterns make the population, 80% of whose livelihoods depend on agriculture and livestock-based activities, extremely vulnerable to climate-related hazards. Droughts and floods and soil erosion and degradation drive persistent economic and food insecurity and endemic poverty.

In the News | Dec 15 2016

A global task force set up to try to prevent market shocks from the warming of the planet will ask companies to disclose how they manage risks to their business from climate change and greenhouse gas emission cuts.

Photo: Thomson Reuters Foundation
In the News | Dec 14 2016

A new early warning system predicts the availability of forage for animals in the country's arid livestock-dependent north.


Massive dump trucks by the Syncrude tar sands upgrader plant in Alberta, Canada. Carbon pollution will cost C$10 a tonne from 2018, rising by C$10 a year to C$50 in 2022. Photograph: Rex Shutterstock
In the News | Dec 12 2016

Eight of 10 provinces have signed deal to implement carbon tax or cap-and-trade markets, says Justin Trudeau.

In the News | Dec 12 2016

As the world moves into an era above the ominous 400 parts per million carbon dioxide threshold, carbon storage and reforestation are becoming even more significant.

Men in a rice field in Vietnam. Photo by: Georgina Smith / CIAT / CC BY-NC-SA
In the News | Dec 08 2016

“Slowly, slow slow.” That, according to World Vision Vietnam national humanitarian and emergency affairs coordinator Duong Van Le, is the way a crippling drought snuck in to wreak havoc on the Mekong Delta from late 2015 to early 2016.

Severe flooding in Carlisle, north-west England, December 2015. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters
In the News | Dec 07 2016

Extreme weather is driving up uninsured losses and insurers must use investments to fund global warming resilience, says study.

| Dec 06 2016

Sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year after declining by twice the size of Alaska in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say.