How Climate Change Affects Global Development
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How Climate Change Affects Global Development

Rural water pump near Ulundi, South Africa. Photo: Trevor Samson / World Bank

Date: Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET (14:00 – 16:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: Online

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The world’s top scientists conclude in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that much more needs to be done to prepare countries for climate change risks. Keeping temperature rise in check will require moving development strategies away from business as usual and embracing a low-carbon development path, quickly.

Join two of the lead authors of the IPCC reports, Chris Field and Ottmar Edenhofer, on June 2 for a presentation and discussion on the science of climate change, the risks, particularly to the poor, and how shifting to low-carbon development can bring multiple benefits for health, agriculture, and economies.


Director, Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology; Co-Chair IPCC Working Group II
Deputy Director & Chief Economist, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group III
CEO, Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All
Read what others are asking
José Flores-Rodas
What are the 3 main factors that may allow poor countries to increase their DEVELOPMENT resiliency and/or preparedness vis-á vis climate change?
Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
This inpredictability of nature is human creation, hope you agree on this point, hence, hope you'll also agree that this is going to increase day by day due to selfish nature of egoistic human society around the world. Now, let's hope UNO and WB will lead and find out a permanant solution on this without any bias to any part of the world. Otherwise, most of the existing businesses would definitely ruined. Hope you discuss this point.
Kwon Yurim
Korea, Rep.
Largest source of carbon emissions is a thermal power generation. Nuclear power is now being replaced. However, it takes too much time to be replaced by renewable energy. How to commercialize renewable energy?
Nature has adjusted accordingly. Climate is a crucial efforts for the running issue of global development. All plans and policies automatically changed due to climate change. like construction, agriculture and crop development and what ever it may be,it must effected to development and we are not able to fulfillment our achievement in right time and right way. so this is very very necessary to Nature's systems by which we are bye pass. N.K.PANDU-NBDP INDIA
Abdoulaye Ndiaye
How can LDCs strike a good balance between short to medium term adaptation needs versus long term needs and what time scales should be considered?
Nchimunya Nachilime
Iam very passionate about Environmental and Climate change related activities. I dream to become a qualified Environmental advocate. How are these solutions discussed mainstreamed to the lower social class? We know that development really depends on Natural Resources (Environment) very limited, now how can the balance be struck so that people have food and that there is Sustainable Development? And finally do you make documentations for such programmes? Best regards
George Hawirko
When will be start teaching Architects and Engineers how to Build Houses that stop feeding Climate Change?
Humberto Calderón Zuñiga
How Climate Change benefits Global Development? Seems that global warming will benefits some countries and there will be regions with more rains. Also Non-Annex I Parties have great economic opportunities.
Lee dahee
Korea, Rep.
some nation doesn't follow Kyoto Protocol for decreasing carbon emissions. I want to know how to supervise whether follow the rule or not? and what is the way more nation follow Kyoto Protocol?
Anne Fouillard
Is the Bank planning to launch 'Global Practices' for the Green Economy?
Jacob Scherr
United States
How much time do we have left to change "business as usual" to avoid truly catastrophic climate change?
Frank Stadler
What are the security implications for the world's poor? How likely are climate change mediated crises such as - civil unrest over food shortages, - armed conflict over resources such as water, - mass population movements due to war, drought and SLR? What is the state of contingency and adaptation planning in case climate change can not be brought under control?
David Finneren
Best to combine highlights of climate change affects on development with suggested solutions during presentation/discussion.
Martin Sommer
How much longer are we searching for scientific solutions when the very crux is the ATTITUDINAL resistance of election-concerned politicians, mobility-addict citizens in wealthy countries and an all powerful business agenda of a hydrocarbon industry?
Vivienne Murray
How do you demonstrate to a Federal Government that by not developing financial infrastructure, such as Carbon Pricing, to addtess Human Induced CC the outcome for thay country will be devastating? That carrying on with Business as Usual is in fact leaving that country vulnetable both ecologically and economically.
Who is going to compensate the people, who are directly effected by the climate change around the Himalayas and it's sounding ?
Kim J.H.
Korea, Rep.
Many ecologically harmful actions, such as unauthorized clearing, are tied in with economical hardships. How could these be resolved so to further both economical and ecological well-being/progress?
mohd zaharudin
United Kingdom
sustainable entrepreneurship has be touted as one of the solutions for climate change.for sustainable entrepreneurs play their role, financing is important. however obtaining financing is difficult in developing countries. this will certainly impact the world shift to a low carbon economy(LCE)at this juncture do you think we are doing enough to provide financing to the developing world?are there any financing models that can be emulated by developing or even emerging countries to facilitate financing to a LCE?
The Climate Group - International non-profit
United States
How can we best accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy - a clean revolution? Do you think government and business leaders hold the power to a transition that takes place within the swiftly closing timeframe to keep temperatures below 2c?