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Summary: Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Program Report in Gorontalo District

The implementation of the program entitled “Strengthening the Institutional Aspect of the Local Government in Integrating CCA into Development Planning in Gorontalo District” has been completed for the duration of April 2016 – May 2017. The achievement of the program fully supported by the Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), Indonesian Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF) and Rajawali Foundation (RF) has exceeded our expectation. Initially, the goal .....

Summary: Lessons Learned on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into Local Development Planning Document in Gorontalo District

Integrating CCA into local development planning document is no walk in the park. A number of issues  have surfaced, ranging from human resource capacity, local organization capacity, to the lack of regulation providing the naming guideline of programs/activities eligible to receive funding from the Local Budget. This is because climate change related programs/activities have not been specifically regulated in prevailing laws and regulations. This lesson learned documents.....

Summary: Climate Disaster Rapid Assessment in Gorontalo District

This assessment is a hydro-meteorology disaster assessment examining disasters caused by climate change in Gorontalo District for the next five years. It does so by conducting three analysis steps, namely Direct Projection Analysis, Anomaly Analysis, and Periodic Characteristics Analysis. These three analyses are used to correct projection outcomes, resulting in a more stable and accurate projection data. This assessment accurately provides the prediction for potential flood,.....

Summary: Vulnerability, Risk, and Climate Change Adaptation Assessment in Gorontalo District

Climate change is undeniably inevitable, and its impact is beginning to be felt in recent years. This multi-dimensional environmental challenge has attracted the attention of the world. A myriad of countries have responded through a number of policy commitments, from Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement,Nationally-Determined Contribution, to National and Local Action Plan to Reduce Green House Gas and Climate Change Adaptation in Indonesia. Having said that, the commitment and implementation at t.....

Fighting Climate Change Can Boost Jobs, Cut Inequality: New York Mayor

United States cities can create jobs and cut social inequality as they reduce global warming but must act quickly since the nation took a "wrong turn" on climate change, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday (24/07). Some 300 cities have stepped up and said they would work to meet the Paris climate goals, sidestepping President Donald Trump's decision to pull the country out of the 2015 pact to limit global warming, the mayor said. "We know there's no time for complacency, and we ca.....

Climate change is turning Antarctic green

Antarctica is getting greener. British biologists have documented a four-fold or even five-fold increase in plant growth on the Antarctic Peninsula. They identify the sudden burgeoning of green things as an indicator that the continent is responding to climate change. In fact, only a tiny fraction of the south polar land mass is home to any plant life, but the first explorers observed mosses growing on the 600km of the peninsula. Antarctic climate In a climate in which temperatures rarely.....

Planting trees will not slow global warming

Humans cannot simply plant their way out of trouble: trees cannot absorb the ever-increasing quantities of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If the world’s nations really do intend to contain global warming to within 2°C, there is no alternative to drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study. The tree could be regarded as low-technology carbon removal machinery and, in theory, carefully managed plantations could soak up the carbon released from fossil fuel combust.....

Soil microbes hold key to climate puzzle

Climate scientists puzzled by the traffic of carbon between soil and air may have to think more deeply about the role played by soil microbes − the planet’s smallest inhabitants. One research team has just found that soil microbes could actually lighten the colour of arid land soils, to reflect more light and bounce more radiation energy back into space. Another has identified an unexpected source of atmospheric carbon: 17% of the soil carbon that gets into the atmosphere from a floodp.....

Gorontalo regency braces for climate change impacts

While the leader of a superpower has publicly called climate change a Chinese hoax and has been trying to undo the green policies introduced by his predecessor, the leader of a sm all regency on Sulawesi is doing the opposite.Since taking office in February 2016, Gorontalo Regent Nelson Pomalingo has made it clear that he is not a climate change skeptic; and his motive is obvious. Gorontalo is one of the regions of the archipelago considered most prone to the adverse impacts of climate c.....

Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change’

The Office of International Climate and Clean Energy is the only office at DOE with the words ‘climate’ in its name, and it may be endangered as Trump looks to reorganize government agencies.A supervisor at the Energy Department's international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases "climate change," "emissions reduction" or "Paris Agreement" in written memos, briefings or other written communication, sources have told POLITICO. Employees of DOE’s Office of Interna.....

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