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‘Unprecedented’ river levels behind Serbia floods, says World Meteorological Organization

May 25, 2014
Deadly floods and landslides in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia were caused by “some […]

Somali Red Crescent rolls out participatory climate games

May 22, 2014
Resources from the Climate Centre’s Climate Training Kit were rolled out for the first time […]

Global learning: PfR ‘writeshops’ in South-East Asia and Central America

May 15, 2014
Professionally facilitated “writeshops” last June in Bali, Indonesia, and earlier this year in Guatemala and […]

Forecast-based financing could ‘catalyze humanitarian action’, says new research

May 9, 2014
A new research paper by specialists from the Climate Centre, German Red Cross, Royal Netherlands […]

CBA8 conference ends with call for financial help for vulnerable communities to adapt

May 2, 2014
The 8th Annual Community Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) ended in the Nepalese capital this week […]

El Nino by northern autumn ‘at least 75% likely’, but potential strength uncertain

April 25, 2014
The New York-based International Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), an IFRC partner organization, this […]

IPCC: GHG emissions up despite reduction efforts, but pathways to substantial cuts are available

April 17, 2014
(This is a shortened version of the IPCC press release issued from Berlin on 13 […]

When playing helps build resilience in Mali

April 10, 2014
This article was first published on the social reporting blog of the International Fund for […]

George Washington University students ‘Pay for predictions’

April 4, 2014
Before heading off on their spring break, students enrolled in George Washington University (GWU) Geography’s […]

IPCC climate report sounds humanitarian ‘clarion call’

March 31, 2014
(This article was first published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation) The latest report from the […]

IFRC ‘deeply concerned’ by humanitarian consequences of climate risks highlighted in new IPCC report

March 31, 2014
The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), […]

IFRC publishes online climate course

March 21, 2014
A new course, Climate change – an introduction to staff and volunteers, was launched yesterday […]

‘Sound art’ on a climate theme: competition results

March 20, 2014
The results have been announced in the first-ever international contest for the creation of sound […]

Explaining the global-warming ‘hiatus’: heat sinking into the oceans

March 20, 2014
The Director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Lisa Goddard, explained […]

‘Engagement games’ for real-world action

March 19, 2014
Many of the initiatives that societies take around the world suffer from the same critical […]

‘Taking science to society’: A game on the ethics of providing climate services

March 10, 2014
There is enormous pressure on the climate science community to provide output that is relevant […]

Double the extreme events, five times the losses? Europe faces a flooded future, says new research

March 5, 2014
Flood losses in Europe are likely to increase “considerably” over the next few decades, partly […]

New science satellite promises ‘near real-time’ precipitation measurement anywhere on Earth

February 28, 2014
The world yesterday entered what the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration calls “a new […]

Ready! Lessons in the design of humanitarian games

February 21, 2014
This detailed look at best practice for using games in disaster risk reduction, using the […]

UK Met Office: more research ‘urgently needed’ to refine climate models

February 19, 2014
The British Met Office – in a new report offering a “global perspective” on the […]

How to ‘be Boulder’ with climate communications. A webcam session of Paying for predictions

February 18, 2014
The Climate Centre last Thursday remotely facilitated a session at the University of Colorado-Boulder of […]

In a changing climate, Dutch lottery grant will ‘help tens of thousands’ in Philippines prepare for disasters

February 11, 2014
The Secretary General of the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC), Gijs de Vries, has welcomed a […]

Science can save lives. But make research accessible

January 31, 2014
(This is an abridged version of an article in the current issue of Nature Geoscience […]

NASA: climate warming continued in 2013

January 24, 2014
Scientists at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) say last year tied with […]

‘Community-based adaptation’: the future

January 20, 2014
A new look at the future of “community-based adaptation” (CBA) has been made available for […]

Caribbean Reference Centre for Disaster Risk Management launches ‘virtual library’

January 15, 2014
The IFRC’s Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Centre (CADRIM), hosted by the Barbados Red Cross […]

Making better use of scientific information – IPCC authors play ‘Decisions for the decade’

January 9, 2014
A group of nearly 40 of the world’s leading climate scientists this week took time […]

Red Cross workers on both sides of Atlantic grapple with brutal winter

January 7, 2014
Countries on both sides of the North Atlantic continue to face very severe winter weather […]

Climate Centre Review of the Year 2013

December 28, 2013
Here are some of the highlights of the Climate Centre year 2013. Please follow links […]

Climate Centre games ‘deep uncertainty’ with World Bank decision-makers

December 24, 2013
A Climate Centre team last month joined a workshop on decision-making at the World Bank […]

UNISDR: Next world conference on DRR, in Japan, should include ‘strong urban focus’

December 12, 2013
The United Nations General Assembly has set the stage for a new global agreement on […]

Ethical issues for ‘climate services’ unpacked at international conference in Jamaica

December 9, 2013
The Third International Conference on Climate Services (“ICCS3”), hosted by the Meteorological Service of Jamaica […]

New training webcasts for climate-resilient development from IRI, USAID

December 5, 2013
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and the US Agency for International […]

Young people and volunteers take lead on climate awareness in Eastern partnership

December 4, 2013
The activities of Climate Forum East (CFE) are now well underway in the six countries […]

White House order on climate seeks to build resilience against weather extremes

November 29, 2013
An executive order from President Obama on climate impacts earlier this month requires federal agencies […]

‘European Development Days’ in Brussels includes brainstorm on climate-risk assessments

November 27, 2013
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, this year’s European Development Days (EDD13) gathered thousands of […]

At close of UN climate talks, Secretary-General Ban calls for ‘bold announcements and actions’

November 25, 2013
As the UN-led climate talks in Warsaw – COP 19 – ended on Friday, Secretary-General […]

Communications on climate: a role for music?

November 21, 2013
(This is the last in a series of three blogs from the D&C Days side-event […]

With climate adaptation, success breeds success

November 20, 2013
An old saying goes “imitation is the highest form of flattery”. That’s certainly the view […]

Can beans and dice change lives? The potential of serious, fun games

November 19, 2013
The power of games to get people thinking about their climate vulnerability was revealed this […]

Updated standards for climate-smart risk reduction unveiled at ‘buzzing, fruitful’ COP 19 side-event

November 18, 2013
A new edition of the inter-agency Minimum Standards intended to bridge national climate policy and local […]

Second IFRC side-event at COP 19 in Warsaw: the all-weekend ‘Development and Climate Days’

November 16, 2013
The second of two IFRC side-events at the 2013 UN climate talks in Warsaw – […]

Super Typhoon Haiyan: the climate connection

November 15, 2013
People in the Philippines who track climate news won’t have failed to notice that it […]

IFRC engagement with COP 19 side-events gets underway

November 14, 2013
The first of two official side-events co-hosted by the IFRC delegation at the COP 19 […]

Rising sea-levels make coastal communities more vulnerable to storm surges like Haiyan’s, UN climate meeting told

November 13, 2013
Global sea-levels have reached a record high, according to a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) statement […]

IFRC co-hosting side events at COP 19 ahead of ‘critical year’ for climate

November 11, 2013
This year’s session, the 19th, of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations […]

WMO: atmospheric greenhouse gases reach record high

November 6, 2013
Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2012, the World Meteorological Organization […]

Climate Centre joins researchers at ‘critical frontier of science’ to map regional impacts

November 4, 2013
The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre today joined leading scientists in Brussels to help […]

Minimum standards

November 1, 2013
Minimum Standards for local climate‐smart disaster risk reduction

Linking climate science and adaptation at the African Climate Conference, Tanzania

October 29, 2013
Over 300 scientists and practitioners gathered in Arusha, Tanzania, earlier this month to share the […]

Toward 2030: UK think-tank lists 11 nations most at risk from ‘disasters and climate extremes’

October 24, 2013
A new UK think tank report says extreme weather linked to climate change is increasing […]

Disaster preparedness saves thousands of lives during Cyclone Phailin

October 18, 2013
Despite the successful evacuation of 1 million people and minimal loss of life, Cyclone Phailin […]

Tropical countries will see ‘unprecedented climates’ soonest

October 17, 2013
Climate scientists at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, have constructed a new index of climate […]

Benefits of preparing for risk ‘significantly outweigh costs’, says new World Bank report

October 9, 2013
Effective risk management boosts resilience in the face of adversity – especially health problems, weather […]

IPCC report: Red Cross Red Crescent stresses urgency of translating latest climate science into concrete action

September 27, 2013
The official summary of the much-heralded first instalment of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from […]

Integration ‘our promise, our legacy, our future,’ PfR global work conference told

September 24, 2013
A four-day global work conference of the Netherlands Partners for Resilience (PfR) got underway at the […]

New video guide to IRI-IFRC online map-room for global rainfall

September 18, 2013
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) has launched a new video guide […]

‘Upriver’: a game of flood preparedness in the Zambezi valley

September 10, 2013
A groundbreaking collaboration got underway last month between the Zambian Red Cross (ZRC), the Boston-based […]

In Belarus, early warning early action…

September 6, 2013
Timely action taken by the Belarus Red Cross (BRC) to prepare for this year’s spring […]

‘Thankyou so much!’ says star of second Pacific climate animation (reggae parrot)

September 3, 2013
The second of two animations integrating climate and disaster preparedness in the Pacific in an […]

Accessing climate finance: an overview

August 23, 2013
This guide to how to access dedicated sources of donor funding for climate change work […]

A guide to mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

August 23, 2013
This guide to mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in operational planning is one […]

Geoengineering: finding a voice for humanitarians

August 20, 2013
Geoengineering – the intentional manipulation of the global climate with techniques like dispersing sulphur particles […]

How to engage with National Adaptation Plans: Guidance for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

August 18, 2013
This guide supports National Societies’ engagement in national-level policy discussions on climate change adaptation through the […]

IFRC Plan of Action, Climate Change 2013–2016

August 18, 2013
The IFRC’s 2013–16 Plan of Action reiterates the organization’s commitment “to work together with its members to […]

Using games to experience climate risk

August 17, 2013
Empowering Africa’s decision-makers

Looking to the past to turn back the tide in the Solomon Islands

August 13, 2013
(IFRC photographer Benoit Matsha-Carpentier and writer Patrick Fuller went on mission in the Pacific to […]

Cook Islanders struggle to adapt to creeping climate change

August 6, 2013
(IFRC photographer Benoit Matsha-Carpentier and writer Patrick Fuller went on mission in the Pacific to […]

Togo Red Cross ‘prepared for preparedness’

July 26, 2013
The Togolese Red Cross (TRC) is now ready to take full advantage of a groundbreaking […]

Montenegro Red Cross readies for summer heat

July 23, 2013
Potentially dangerous heatwave conditions are becoming a frequent summer occurrence for the countries of South-East […]

One in the bag for the environment in Nicaragua

July 16, 2013
The Nicaraguan Red Cross (NRC) is taking part in a drive begun by the government […]

CU-Boulder students focus on aid policies in new Red Cross partnership

July 9, 2013
The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and the University of Colorado at Boulder have […]

Tackling climate risks: IFRC and World Meteorological Organization sign new agreement

July 4, 2013
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the World Meteorological […]

Fiji premiere for Pacific climate and preparedness animation

July 3, 2013
An animated film that integrates climate science and disaster preparedness – The Pacific Adventures of […]

Ugandan MPs and grad students roll the dice to ‘pay for predictions’

June 27, 2013
Thirty Ugandan MPs, members of the country’s parliamentary forum on disaster risk reduction, took part […]

Protecting environment is ‘duty of all’, Sri Lankan Red Cross leader tells climate workshop

June 23, 2013
The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) and the Disaster Management Centre of the country’s […]

Climate change will keep millions trapped in poverty: World Bank

June 19, 2013
A report from the World Bank out today concluding that a warmer world will “keep […]

Beyond the film: Innovations in the participatory use of film at international conferences on climate

June 14, 2013
How can film assist communication between stakeholders? This working paper argues for a “diversity of […]

Bleak vision from Croatia wins climate-themed photo contest for Mediterranean youth

June 13, 2013
The Red Cross Red Crescent Centre for Cooperation in the Mediterranean (CCM) yesterday announced the […]

Games ‘for learning and dialogue’ on humanitarian logistics

June 11, 2013
The drivers of demand for humanitarian work are evolving all the time and include “new […]

Health risk management in a changing climate

June 10, 2013
A unique Red Cross Red Crescent project, funded by the US Rockefeller Foundation, has explored […]

IFRC sends emergency cash to Hungary with Central Europe facing new flood disaster

June 7, 2013
At least 15 people have died and several others are missing, according to a European […]

Integrating climate with vulnerability and capacity assessment in Vanuatu

May 30, 2013
 “Together we’re prepared for climate change” is a participatory project funded by the Australian government, supporting […]

Shedding light on avoidable disease mortality in Africa: the climate factor

May 30, 2013
The relationship between climate and health in Africa, and elsewhere globally, is still poorly studied […]

‘Climate Forum East’ launched by Austrian Red Cross and 6 National Society partners

May 28, 2013
The ‘Climate Forum East’ project for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and the Ukraine – […]

What binds us? Global Platform side-event asks. (Working on resilience)

May 24, 2013
The Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), chaired by Switzerland, […]

‘A bright future’ for farmers in Yatta, Kenya, thanks to climate-smart cassava

May 23, 2013
The Kenya Red Cross Society’s (KRCS) drive to reinforce the climate-resilience of food supplies in […]

‘Partners for Resilience’ carry 2 years’ worth of lessons to DRR Global Platform

May 17, 2013
The Netherlands Partners for Resilience (PfR) – CARE Nederland, Cordaid, the Netherlands Red Cross, the […]

NOAA: atmospheric carbon passes ‘400 ppm’ for the first time since records began

May 14, 2013
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere measured at the Mauna Loa observatory in […]

Unique Red Cross project in Uganda to disburse funds ahead of disaster

May 7, 2013
A unique new Red Cross project for climate change adaptation (CCA) in Uganda held an […]

Climate games return to US capital

May 2, 2013
Six months after demonstrating the Frisbee “hurricane game” at the White House, the Red Cross […]

A minute’s silence for Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza tragedy as adaptation conference closes nearby

April 26, 2013
The week-long 7th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (“CBA7”) ended in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka […]

Cleaner cooking in Goro Gutu, thanks to Ethiopian Red Cross and Netherlands partners

April 24, 2013
In the village of Genda Yusuf in the Goro Gutu region of eastern Ethiopia, women […]

Debating climate adaptation: many questions, a few clues

April 18, 2013
The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre last week took part in an online debate, […]

Humanitarian needs increasing in Horn and Sahel, says UK’s Chatham House think tank

April 15, 2013
Environmental and demographic changes coupled with low levels of political inclusion and high instability mean […]

Young Mozambicans practise ‘forward-looking decision-making’

April 11, 2013
Last Saturday, a group of 25 young people in Maputo became planners for a morning […]

Mediterranean youth photo-contest on ‘environment and climate change’

March 28, 2013
The Red Cross Red Crescent Centre for Cooperation in the Mediterranean (CCM) today (Thursday) launches […]

Kenya Red Cross tackles urban climate-risk – in all its forms

March 19, 2013
Water shortages, disease, crime, rising food prices, house fires, uncontrolled urbanization (migration from rural areas): […]