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COP21’s Outcome: Adapt or Bust

As the Paris climate negotiations closed Saturday, you heard a great deal of hope and optimism as well as congratulations for vision and progress emanating from COP21. Indeed, important commitments have been made – but they’re pledges, not actions, and...

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Responding to climate change

Originally published by Napoleon Navarro at   As COP21 comes to a close, it would be best to remember that tackling climate change won’t happen overnight. It will be a long road ahead and the Paris conference should serve as...

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Where Is the Private Sector in #COP21 Talk?

Newswise — As Paris climate talks enter the final frenzied hours, Joyce Coffee, managing director of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), points out that business is neglected in the agreement. She says… “In the 28 page draft, the private sector is...

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Why Latin America Worries about Climate Change

Originally published by Carin Zissis at California and Arizona combined could fit into the amount of forest cut down in Brazil over the past four decades. Since 1970, glaciers in Peru have irretrievably lost a third of their surface area....

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Buffering Against Climate Risk: Lessons for the Refugee Crisis

This blog was initially published by our partner, the RANE network. As the world watches countless economic migrants and war refugees journey perilously from their volatile homelands to relatively stable countries that respond with tactics as varied as their histories, two...

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South Africa’s adaptation plan inspires hope

We live in a time of apprehension, prevalent poverty, and a changing planet, but this can also be a time of hope. Pope Francis finds hope in COP21. This is the upcoming 21st annual gathering of 1961 nations to discuss the urgent...

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2015 Winners

ND-GAIN Prize Winners 2015

This year's winners are DADTCO and AECOM & IBM! The winners were honored at an event in connection with Climate Week NYC and the United Nations Sustainability Summit. View brochure of 2015 ND-GAIN Prize Winners…

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Climate change projects win Notre Dame prizes

Posted in the South Bend Tribune: Climate change projects win Notre Dame prizes SOUTH BEND — Two projects that address climate change in developing countries have won the 2015 Corporate Adaptation Prize, which is awarded by the University of Notre Dame's...

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The Pope, the Encyclical and Notre Dame

“Young people demand change.” This line grabbed our attention the most when reading the papal encyclical released over the summer. ‘Laudato si’ is the latest and most drastic move taken by the Vatican to address the worldwide climate crisis. As...

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Think coal will help lift people out of poverty? Think again.

In May 2015, Pope Francis released an encyclical concerning sustainable development called “Laudato Si’.” In the encyclical, Pope Francis says, “The same mindset which stands in the way of making radical decisions to reverse the trend of global warming also stands in the...

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Top 5 Climate Statistics that Should Shock Us

The threat of climate change has inspired people all over the world to study our environment, and it has yielded some interesting information. In an attempt to understand what the future could look like these five statistics have arisen, and...

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