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Contact: Alex Gumm, 219-746-5953,  The University of Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) has announced it will assess the climate vulnerability and readiness of every U.S. city with a population over 100,000 – more than 250 in all – in an effort to...

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Fund International Adaptation to Benefit Domestic Economies

COP22 was the conference of action. It’s time to implement the Paris Agreement. Amidst the first week of this international meeting of climate action leaders, the United States elected Donald Trump as president. The grim mood that consequently settled on the...

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Viewpoint: Changing climate demands that we adapt

This post originally appeared the South Bend Tribune Opinions The dramatic floods in West Virginia and the recent wildfires in California provide a reminder that climate change can bring sudden and catastrophic hardships to communities. To some degree, the extent of...

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Putting a Value on Climate Adaptation

The Paris Climate Agreement put climate adaptation squarely on the climate agenda when it established a global goal to “enhance adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change.” Through the agreement, funds from developed countries are pledged to fuel adaptation...

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Entrepreneurial Solutions for Adapting to Climate Change

ND students had the chance to enter the McCloskey Business Plan Competition with innovative approach to enhancing resilience and improving livelihoods in the face of climate change. Opportunity space:  Food security  Water access Coastal protection  Ecosystem services  Human habitats  Infrastructure resiliency…

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Entrepreneurial Adaptation Prize: SIREN

Q&A by Entrepreneurial Adaptation Prize Winner, Janaee Wallace Part of the McCloskey Business Plan Competition ($5,000 for the most innovative solution related to global adaptation) What is SIREN? SIREN stands for STEM Innovations through Research and Entrepreneurship Now. It is a...

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Interest in climate adaptation?

“Interest in climate adaptation?” I received an email with this subject line in the summer of 2013 from Managing Director Joyce Coffee. Though I considered myself literate in climate change issues at the time, I had to look up exactly...

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Keys to help poor countries adapt to climate change

By analyzing 25 years of data, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana developed a Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) that ranks 192 nations annually on their readiness to face a warming world. The index takes into account risks increased by climate change, including food insecurity,...

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Earth Hour


This blog was initially published by our partner, Catholic Relief Services Climate change affects lives each day around the globe. From summer heat waves to drastic floods, it touches the wealthiest individuals living in modern cities and the poorest in developing...

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Global Adaptation Index

This chart by shows the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index by Country. The ND-GAIN Index is a navigation tool that helps corporate and development leaders manage risks exacerbated by climate change such as over-crowding, food insecurity, inadequate infrastructure and civil conflicts....

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