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Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

This teaching material contains three reference materials:

  1. A Summary for Policymakers of the key findings from the 2012 Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). The SREX approaches the topic by assessing the scientific literature on issues that range from the relationship between climate change and extreme weather and climate events (‘climate extremes’) to the implications of these events for society and sustainable development. The assessment concerns the interaction of climatic, environmental, and human factors that can lead to impacts and disasters, options for managing the risks posed by impacts and disasters, and the important role that non-climatic factors play in determining impacts.
  2. An article from the Sydney Morning Herald  “End this 'climate madness', Philippines tells global warming summit” reporting on the Philippines response to the devastating Haiyan typhoon  
  3. A Sydney Morning Herald article, “Climate change: when ignorance is a recipe for disaster”, that reviews the IPCC report in light of the Haiyan Typhoon

     

Materials

  • “Climate change: when ignorance is a recipe for disaster" (http://www.smh.com.au/comment/climate-change-when-ignorance-is-a-recipe-for-disaster-20131111-2xccy.html#ixzz2kOzX64QO) Visit
  • “End this 'climate madness', Philippines tells global warming summit” (http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/end-this-climate-madness-philippines-tells-global-warming-summit-20131112-2xd4f.html#ixzz2kOyIX1Jx) Visit
  • Summary for Policymakers of the key findings from the 2012 Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (PDF, 11.5 MB) Download

Intended Audience and Usage

Could be used for a class discussion/debate exploring the climate change debate, the arguments for and against climate change and a causal link between global warming and natural disasters as well as discussion about the impact that non-climatic factors play in adaptation to natural disasters   

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