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    When systems collapse – tipping points in climate change and adaptation

    An interview with Dr. Matthias Garschagen, UNU-EHS senior expert, on why we need to look at complex systems to understand current and emerging climate threats and on his role at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) conference. | Read more

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    Conference report: Brick production, industrial development and land degradation

    What does brick production have to do with food security? At first glance, perhaps not so much. However, at the Dresden Nexus conference last week, UNU-EHS senior researcher Dr. Zita Sebesvari, along with experts from University of Bonn and University of Dhaka, set out to examine how brick production can lead to land degradation, and ultimately threaten food security. |Read more

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    PRESS RELEASE - MCII: 10 years of climate insurance innovation and policy change

    Bonn, 7 April 2015 - As countries gear up to finalize a new climate agreement in Paris, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) celebrates its 10 year anniversary. Working on the ground with climate vulnerable communities, MCII brings lessons learned and practical expertise on implementing insurance to policy makers and governments. |Read more

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    Expert Meeting on Coastal Adaption in South East Asia a Success

    As part of the international workshop on “Climate and Societal Change in Coastal Areas in Indonesia and South East Asia” national and international experts met in Jakarta, Indonesia from 23-24 March to discuss how the region can best engage in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in coastal areas. |Read more

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    UNU-EHS supports development of Pan African University campus in Algeria

    As part of the project “Higher Education Cooperation with the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES),” UNU-EHS experts visited the university campus in Tlemen, Algeria to discuss how UNU-EHS can best provide essential inputs to the development of the PAUWES campus in Algeria. |Read more

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    No need for luck to survive: Why we should care about Disaster Risk Reduction

    I would like to introduce Bonna,a girl born one November night in 2007 in Mazer Char, a coastal village in Pirozpur District of Khulna.  It wasn't just any November night and Bonna isn't just any name. People in southern Bangladesh use ‘bonna’ to describe flood and cyclone.   | Read more

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    Training course on climate variability and disaster risk reduction in Jakarta, Indonesia

    25-28 March 2015 – For the first time, UNU-EHS is running a four-day training course in Jakarta, Indonesia, in collaboration with Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia. The course is on Climate Variability and Disaster Risk Reduction and is attended by 34 postgraduate students (18 female and 16 male). |Read more

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    INTERVIEW with Koko Warner - People on the move: migration in the face of climate change

    Put aside any prophecy of doom. Let’s talk about something that could be used as a resilience-enhancing strategy. Something that could help to prevent people from being forced to move later on. Something that  does not exclusively belong to our time and has always taken place in the past; a topic that lies in the area of collaboration between climate science and policy. To learn  more about climate induced migrations, we asked Koko Warner some questions. | Read more

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    Participatory scenario workshops on adaptation pathways in the coastal megacities Lagos, London and Kolkata

    In coastal megacities, strong population pressure, demographic change and high socio-economic vulnerability are typically met with great exposure to natural hazards including heat waves, flooding, storm surges and sea level rise. How will coastal megacities adapt to these new challenges? What adaptation pathways will be most effective and what risk management measures need to be put in place now and in the future? These questions are addressed by the Transformation and Resilience on Urban Coasts (TRUC) project. |Read more

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    A Year in Review: 2014 Joint Master in Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security Programme Recap

    The start of the New Year and a new call for applications for the UNU-EHS / University of Bonn Joint MSc brings about a time for reflection.

    2014 was a year of transition, from changing programme coordinators to welcoming our second class of Master’s students. Our new class of 22 MSc. students come from as far as Taiwan and Kenya and as close as right here in Bonn. |Read more

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