Overcoming The North-South Divide in Climate Change Research and Policy

by Claudia Chandra

Nature Climate Change published a research paper in January 2017 by Malgorzata Blicharska and her associates from countries including Brazil, Kenya, Sweden, South Africa and India. The paper discusses the global North-South divide in climate change research, policy and practice, which originates from the Southern countries’ smaller capacity to undertake research. Countries are categorized into either “Northern” (members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development such as Europe, North America, East Asia and Australasia) or “Southern” (lower income economies such as Asia, Latin America and Africa.) The report highlights how the disparities that exist between Northern and Southern countries, in terms of science and knowledge, will become a greater hindrance to the development and practice of effective climate change reduction actions and policies. The researchers explore the extent of this particular North-South divide, study the underlying issues associated with it, and examine the potential consequences for climate change policy development and implementation. Continue reading

Multi-millennial climate change projection

by Simon Bjerkholt

What will the world look like due to humankind’s mistreatment of the environment in 100 years? 1000? 10000? Peter U. Clark et al. (2016) attempt to answer these questions in their article “consequences of twenty-first-century policy for multi-millennial climate and sea-level change” in the journal Nature Climate Change. According to their research and projections, the long term future of our climate looks very dreary. Continue reading

Gender Mainstreaming and Climate Change

by Juana Granados

The implementation of gender mainstreaming is important in climate change mitigation because responses to climate change have ignored the impacts on women. Gender mainstreaming is defined as the process of assessing the implications for both genders when making policies while ultimately creating gender equality. Alston (2014) argues for the overall incorporation of gender mainstreaming in climate change responses and women’s empowerment in society because global mainstreaming has not resulted in advances for women. Failure to consider gender inequalities in post-disaster reconstruction efforts can be attributed to the fact that bureaucratic processes are conservative and traditionally associated with patriarchal values, where males make up a large portion of the government. Continue reading