Open Data Resources for Climate Change Key Resources Coming soon Data featured on the recently launched Climate Change Knowledge Portal will be posted as freely downloadable files by December 2nd, covering: Welcome - Steve Schein Dr. Steve Schein is a corporate sustainability strategist and family business advisor at L4S Consulting. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and former CEO with more than 35 years of leadership, business development, consulting, and senior management experience in a wide range of industries. His primary areas of consulting are leadership development and integration sustainability with strategy and culture.
Food Emissions - Big Facts Big Facts is a resource of the most up-to-date and robust facts relevant to the nexus of climate change, agriculture and food security. It is intended to provide a credible and reliable platform for fact checking amid the range of claims that appear in reports, advocacy materials and other sources. Full sources are supplied for all facts and figures and all content has gone through a process of peer review. Big Facts is also an open-access resource. SokoShambani MFARMER KENYA is a wing of Zevan Limited which focuses on developing mobile-phone based tools for agriculture. ZEVAN LIMITED is a company that was incorporated in the year 2012 with the Aim of developing impacting technologies for deployment and utilization in addressing challenges and opportunities in the base of the pyramid cadres. There are over 7 million small-scale farmers in Kenya. Of these, over 5 million of them have adopted and are using a mobile phone. And this number is on the rise. This phenominal growth in the adoption and use of mobile phones by small-scale farmers in Kenya is an opportunity and a catalyst for economic interventions to reach small-scale farmers with needed knowledge and services.
Attribution of Climate-related Events (ACE) Unusual or extreme weather and climate-related events are of great public concern and interest, yet there are often conflicting messages from scientists about whether such events can be linked to climate change. We propose a way forward. Through the development of carefully calibrated physically-based assessments of observed weather and climate-related events, we can identify any changed risk of such events attributable to particular factors. Research is under way, coordinated as part of the international Attribution of Climate-related Events (ACE) initiative, to develop the science needed to better respond to the demand for timely, objective, and authoritative explanations of extreme events. The ACE group aims to meet the challenges involved in developing systems to provide regularly updated and reliable attribution assessments of extreme weather and climate-related events.
Sustainability is the investment opportunity of the year: Kurt Vogt, HSBC We sat down with Kurt Vogt, Managing Director of Sustainable Financing at HSBC, to learn about the landscape of sustainable finance, and where the opportunities lie. HSBC hosted the second annual Sustainable Finance Briefing during Climate Week NYC on September 19, which focused on the latest developments in global climate finance and saw the launch of the Bonds & Climate Change: State of the Market 2016 report by the Climate Bonds Initiative. What are the barriers to investment in the low carbon economy and how can the market be reformed to scale-up climate finance? There are a couple of big opportunities I see to develop climate finance. Firstly, green investment opportunities, such as investments in energy efficiency, are often small scale and can be very fragmented.
programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/private-sector-innovation-3535 The event highlighted the use of Water Funds as an effective option for green development and an example of how governments, financial institutions, businesses, communities and conservationists can work together to protect nature and help build strong and sustainable local economies. The Coca-Cola Company Latin Center and local Coca-Cola bottlers like Coca-Cola FEMSA, alongside with the environmental organization The Nature Conservancy, have teamed up with the Latin American Water Funds Partnership to protect and restore watersheds in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. The model consists of a fund whose returns are invested in conservation actions to improve the health of watersheds and their ability to capture and improve water quality in the long term. The impact of these actions can be measured in terms of cubic meters of water replenished to the environment, according to an international methodology whose results are auditable.
Insight for Informed Decisions NORC multidisciplinary project teams include members with expertise and experience in theses and other research topics: Substance Use1/14 Substance use remains a stubborn problem, exacting enormous health and productivity costs, threatening family and community stability, and adding to an overburdened criminal justice system. NORC brings exceptional sensitivity and objectivity to the unique challenges of substance use research to provide insight and support effective decision making for substance use issues and programs. Read more
Climate Change Knowledge Portal 2.0 Explore and use a collection of development, vulnerability, and impact-related indicators and datasets. Climate Adaptation Country Profiles provide a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience into development planning and operations. Learn from several examples of emerging economies actively seeking to move toward a low carbon growth path. Tour the portal highlights in these development and climate change storylines. And take them with you! Use your creativity to integrate, visualize, and synthesize climate and development data. Datasets Data setsA major goal of our research group is to develop an improved understanding of human land use activities at continental to global scales. Consequently, we have been developing maps and datasets describing contemporary and historical global land use practices. You may freely download our data sets here, for non-commerical use. Some data sets were developed earlier, during Navin Ramankutty's tenure at SAGE, at the University of Wisconsin. For those earlier data sets, please visit the SAGE website (
FIT Uganda Ltd - Business Development FIT Uganda Limited is Uganda's leading business development consulting company. We provide capacity building and facilitation support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) across Uganda. We work through both public and private sector to support service companies, NGOs, Governments and donor programs working with the SME sector. We also collaborate with partners in social responsive strategies to support and facilitate sustainable development through access to market programs, enterprise development, business linkages, feasibility assessment and to set up investments in new and innovative business services specifically targeting the micro and small enterprises. Established in August 1997, FIT Uganda has acquired over 10 years’ experience and expertise in business development consultancy. The company is owned by four Ugandan Directors with international affiliation to 3 FIT related companies in Africa; FIT Zimbabwe, FIT Ghana, and FIT Resources Kenya.
All countries - Climate Action Tracker The Climate Action Tracker reveals major differences between the ambition levels of countries when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In the lead are the Maldives, who have proposed to become climate-neutral by 2020. Also at the high end of the scale are Bhutan, which proposes to stay carbon neutral and Costa Rica, which proposes to become carbon neutral by 2021 if international support is provided. They are followed by Japan, Norway, Papua New Guinea and South Korea, all of whom are proposing to reduce their emissions significantly.