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Climate change policy papers

The right climate for development: why the SDGs must act on climate change

This joint-NGO report shows that climate change, poverty eradication and sustainable development cannot be tackled as separate entities. Climate change is rapidly becoming the greatest threat to poverty eradication, having an impact on many aspects of development and making existing gender and other inequalities worse. It is essential that the Sustainable Development Goals respond to this urgently.

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Paris 2015: getting a global agreement on climate change

At the Paris summit in December 2015, 196 countries will meet to sign a new climate change agreement.

But how likely is it that it will be meaningful and make a difference to climate action on the ground?

This joint-NGO publication gives a guide to the global deal and shows that an ambitious and fair deal is possible with the right political will.

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Taken by Storm: responding to the impacts of climate change

This report shows the devastating ways climate change is affecting people across the world and forcing communities to change their ways of life.

Using personal stories from seven different countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, Malawi, El Salvador, Bolivia and the Philippines, the report reveals the stark reality of life amid climate chaos.

The report aims to illustrate the publication of the latest findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which outlines the physical and social impacts climate change is having on the planet.

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Spanish version: Alcanzados por la tormenta (PDF, 2mb)

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Fair shares in a constrained world

Our report, 'Fair shares in a constrained world', sets out how we believe the global effort to tackle climate change should be divided up.

By measuring the contribution different countries have made to the climate problem, and analysing their capacity to tackle it, we make a bid to find a fair and ambitious solution.

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has made it clearer than ever that humanity is responsible for global warming.

It stressed that to have a decent chance of limiting the global temperature rise to less than 2°C, above which climate change is likely to have catastrophic consequences across the world, no more than 269 billion tonnes of carbon can be emitted by the end of the century.

The question at the heart of the impasse within the UN climate negotiations now is how to divide these emissions fairly between all countries.

We are calling for the UN, starting this November at the climate summit in Warsaw, on the road to Paris for the 2015 global agreement, to establish a clear process for equitable effort-sharing among all countries, rich and poor.

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Low-carbon Africa: Leapfrogging to a green future

Our report, Low-carbon Africa: Leapfrogging to a green future, makes the case that Africa is able to deliver clean and sustainable energy to millions of energy-poor people across the continent without increasing greenhouse gas emissions – and for this renewable power potential to drive a green economic expansion across the region.

An abundance of resources and its sustainable development ambitions give Africa a real advantage when it comes to renewable energy. With access to a ‘leapfrog fund’ from global mitigation finance, this could lay the ground for a low-carbon future.

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Time for Climate Justice briefings

This series of briefing papers outlines Christian Aid’s position on various aspects of the global climate change agenda.

Using a climate justice perspective, they assess policy against ambition towards halting global climate change and achieving a fair outcome for developing countries.

Inequality and urban climate resilience in Asia

Loss and damage: protecting the most vulnerable

The climate change and food nexus

Doha climate talks: a better way forward

REDD+ in Latin America: does it work for local communities?

Sustainable Energy for All

The Characteristics of Effective Climate Finance

Durban Climate Talks - Mind the Gap

Cancun Climate Talks - Bridging the Divide

Disaster Insurance and Climate Change Adaptation

The Science and Impacts of Climate Change

Moving forward from Copenhagen

 

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Healthy Harvests - the benefits of sustainable agriculture in Africa and Asia

In this report, Christian Aid calls on donors and national governments to increase their support for sustainable small-holder farming to avert rising hunger and poverty caused by climate change. 

The report documents how sustainable farming techniques have led to increased crop yields, incomes, food security, soil and water conservation, resilience to natural disasters and climate change, and community empowerment, and lower greenhouse gas emissions in Africa and South Asia.

Healthy Harvests report

 

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Energy for Our Common Future - civil society perspectives on the World Bank energy strategy review

Woman and child in a kitchen in Peru Chistian Aid and Aprodev have supported civil society organisations from India, South Africa, Bolivia and Peru to develop responses to the World Bank energy strategy review.

The project brings together their position papers, stories and alternative approaches to World Bank Group business as usual.

Although each is a direct response to the energy strategy review from a national or regional perspective, each also takes a wide look at local energy futures.

Energy briefing summary

Energy briefing: Bolivia

Energy briefing: India

Energy briefing: Peru

Energy briefing: South Africa

 

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Climate Check: an analysis of the government's delivery of its low-carbon commitments (2011)

Co-authored by Christian Aid with Greenpeace, the Green Alliance, RSPB and WWF, this report is an assessment of the coalition's progress against the low-carbon commitments set out in its programme for government in May 2010.

The report assesses both the quality of the policies that underpin the government’s targets, and the timeliness of their delivery, finding that it is making moderate or no progess in 22 out of 29 .

Climate Check

 

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The Political Economy of Climate Finance (2010)

A report for Christian Aid by Lies Craeynest with input from Alison Doig.

The timeline for decision-making on climate finance up to 2013 is very tight. It can only met with renewed commitment to results all parties involved and a more open approach to all the finance options on the table.

This paper will analyse the political feasibility of delivering new sources of long term climate finance.

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Climate change and politics game - have go on this BBC game where you try and tackle climate change and remain popular with voters.

 

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Shifting of goal posts: rural electrification in India (2010)

In this report commissioned by Christian Aid India, the Vasudha Foundation presents a clear analysis of the lack of progress in rural electrification across India. The report highlights the failure the conventional national grid approach to deliver reliable electricity supplies to rural people in India and presents a viable alternative approach using decentralised renewable power.

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Capturing India’s Carbon: The UK’s role in delivering low-carbon technology to India  (2009)

Our new report presents recommendations on how the CCS demonstrations in the UK and Europe can better support technology cooperation with India and other developing countries.

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Community answers to climate chaos: getting climate justice from the UNFCCC (2009)

Using examples of work taking place throughout the developing world, our report argues for a stronger role for civil society and community organisations in the global response to climate chaos, and the need for rich countries to foot the bill via a new funding body.

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Signposts to Copenhagen: Christian Aid briefings for the climate change negotiations (2009)

What must happen at Copenhagen in December 2009? How can we ensure the climate change agreement will benefit the poor and vulnerable and not just the wealthy and powerful?

This series of short briefing papers present what we believe are the top issues for COP 15 in Copenhagen.

View and download papers in the series:

1: Essential outcomes for a fair and effective climate agreement

2: Climate finance: why, who for, how much and where from?

3: The role of carbon markets in countering climate change

4: Adapting to disasters? Global deal must deliver to save lives

5: Climate debt and the call for justice

6: Integrating adaptation from local to national level

7: Put forest communities at heart of UNFCCC policy  

 

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Growing pains: the possibilities and problems of biofuels (2009)

Our report reveals how the current model of global biofuel production is threatening to worsen climate change and cause significant social and environmental problems - and proposes a new vision so they can be used to help end poverty.

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Setting the bar high at Poznan: Christian Aid's vision for urgent and equitable global action on climate change (2008)

This paper argues that negotiations at the 14th UNFCCC Conference of Parties must become more ambitious before they can provide a template for global action.   

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Countdown to Copenhagen: the race for climate justice in the UNFCCC talks (2008)

In the run up to the crucial Kyoto II talks taking place in Copenhagen in 2009, this paper considers how a fair and comprehensive international agreement is essential if developing nations are to continue to fight poverty.

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Truly inconvenient: tackling climate change and poverty at once (2007)

This report warns that industrialised nations must pay billions of pounds to help poorer countries tackle global warming if millions of people around the world are not to be consigned to endless poverty.

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Human tide: the real migration crisis (2007)

The Christian Aid Week Report 2007 predicts that at least one billion people will be forced from their homes between now and 2050 as the effects of climate change deepen an already burgeoning global migration crisis.

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Coming clean: revealing the UK's true carbon footprint (2007)

This report uncovers an extraordinary picture of a UK that has a far greater impact on global carbon emissions than the 2% the government declares.

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All creation groaning (2007)

This paper examines a theological approach to climate change.

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The climate of poverty: facts, fears and hope (2006)

This report examines some of the effects of climate change on the world's poorest communities.

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