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Magnum on Climate Change

It doesn’t say how to do it, but it says that we must, and in an unprecedented esthetic way.

The fool’s gold of carbon trading Noel Oettlé from the Environmental Monitoring Group sent this useful hint about an an article in London Times with a critical reflection on carbon trading practices. Although it is not available any longer on the Times Website, you can still read it on Royal Dutch Shell plc .com - news and information on Royal Dutch Shell Plc. "The fool’s gold of carbon trading".

"More than Rain" Key lessons

"A comprehensive approach recognizes that interactions between climatic and non-climatic factors are decisive for the way climatic challenges influence people’s livelihoods and quality of life. Such an understanding of climate change adaptation should include a holistic, yet local approach to what vulnerability means for the local population, and thus how social contexts shape vulnerability."

Please see the below attachment for an 8-page summary.

Key Lessons

Drynet Position Paper Desertification and climate change: linkages, synergies and challenges

Drynet position paper on desertification + CC

Position Paper by Drynet on desertification and climate change looking at linkages, synergies and challenges.

‘Farming on the edge’ in arid western South Africa: climate change and agriculture in marginal environments

Farming on the edge

Article by E.R.M. Archer, N.M. Oettlé, R. Louw and M.A. Tadross in Geography (Vol 93 Part 2 Summer 2008).


Drynet Position Paper: The Biofuel Boom and its Consequences for Drylands

Position paper Drynet + Both ENDS

A position paper from Both ENDS and Drynet on the biofuel boom and its consequences for drylands.

Study: Climate Change, Food Security and the Right to Adequate Food

Study CC, food security & the right to adequate food

A brand new joint study of German Watch, Bread for the World and Diakonie-Katastrophenhilfe looking at the impact of climate change in developing countries.

It attempts to combine the discussion on human rights, climate change and food security.

Adpating to a changing climate - implications for agriculture

Climate change will have far reaching and potentially catastrophic effects on the environment as we know it. For people who rely on the land for their livelihoods, the changes in the delecate balance between crops, pests and soil could prove disastrous. CABI is an international not-for-profit organisation that is responding to these issues. Our mission is to protect vunerbale farmers by helping to mitigate against the effects of the changing climate.

For more information, please visit:

Study on local innovation to adapt to climate change by Prolinnova

Prolinnova website on climate change 

Brief description of a study on local innovation to adapt to climate change.

Please see the attachment and the related website by Prolinnova.

Forschungsschwerpunkt "Anpassung der afrikanischen Landwirtschaft an den Klimawandel” – Forschungsschwerpunkt bmz

Beschreibung des Forschungsschwerpunkts "Anpassung der afrikanischen Landwirtschaft an den Klimawandel” – Forschungsschwerpunkt des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft.

Are you on the Frontlines of Climate Change?

On the frontlines of Climate Change Website

A forum for indigenous peoples, small islands and vulnerable communities

For more information please see here.

Sustainable Development Opinion - Springing back: climate resilience at Africa’s grassroots

Springing back cover

"Sustainable Development Opinion - Springing back: climate resilience at Africa’s grassroots

Climate change is often seen as a global problem demanding global solutions. But for poor people hit hard by the impacts, climate change is a not a boardroom abstraction, but day-to-day reality. Faced with local shifts in weather patterns and natural resources, they are forced to find ways of coping that are locally relevant. This kind of experience, gained at the grassroots, boosts resilience as no top-down initiative can. Three case studies from rural communities in Benin, Kenya and Malawi show how it is done."

FibL study: Organic Farming and Climate Change

Recent survey of literature on the relationship of (organic)
agriculture and climate change, both as cause and "victim". Potentials
and drawbacks of organic production in comparison to 
conventional. Selection of sources and conclusions - of course -



Special Issue of Spore on Climate Change on the Web

For the special issue of Spore on Climate Change, please see here: Climate Change

Spore cover

The site is available in English, French and Portuguese.

Presentations from the seminar "More than rain" by the Norwegian Development Fund

Seminar "More than rain"Missed out on the "Seminar more than rain" by the Norwegian Development Fund "Utviklingsfondet" on September 9, 2008?

The development fund is providing the following presentations on their website:

3 small comic-videos on climate change and adaptation by the Norwegian Development Fund

Here are 3 short comic-style videos on the consequences of climate change on small-holders and on adaptation by the Norwegian development fund "Utviklingsfondet". The series is called: "The little planet". Although there is a bit of (Norwegian) text, they are so self-explanatory that you will understand them.

Video on Climate Change

1. The small farmer and climate change: North- South

Video on climate change

Klimawirkungen der Landwirtschaft in Deutschland - climatic effects of German agriculture

Study by IÖW for foodwatch Germany - only in German.

Klimawirkungen der Landwirtschaft in Deutschland


Foodwatch-report "Klimaretter Bio?" (Climate saver Organic?). The report is based on the above mentioned study and it is also only available in German.

Although the title may suggest otherwise - the results are very clear: organic agriculture has less negative effects on climatic change than conventional.