Category: Climate change

Enabling conditions for bioenergy finance and investment in Colombia

By Lylah Davies, John Dulac, OECD Environment Directorate With sunny skies, windy shores and fertile grounds, Colombia is abundant in natural resources and has substantial potential for renewable energy production. At the same time, domestic oil and gas reserves are in decline and the… Continue Reading “Enabling conditions for bioenergy finance and investment in Colombia”

Norway’s environmental performance: “Are we as green as we think we are?”

by Julia Wanjiru Nikiema, OECD Environment Directorate “We, Norwegians, are we really as green as we think we are? Do we live up to the national and international environmental commitments we made?” some Norwegian stakeholders wondered. This has been the starting point of the… Continue Reading “Norway’s environmental performance: “Are we as green as we think we are?””

Recovering from the pandemic while facing the climate and energy crisis

By Enrico Botta, OECD Environment Directorate The energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine has further exposed the risk posed by dependence on fossil fuels and an undiversified energy mix. While a number of OECD countries use renewable energy to meet around a… Continue Reading “Recovering from the pandemic while facing the climate and energy crisis”

Rediscover our top 5 blogs of 2021

1. The price of plastic waste and solutions to turn the tide By Stefanos Fotiou, ESCAP, and Anthony Cox, OECD Environment Directorate This blog examines solutions to deal with the eight million tonnes of plastic that will end up in the world’s oceans every year,… Continue Reading “Rediscover our top 5 blogs of 2021”

Managing climate risks in mountainous areas

By Mikaela Rambali, OECD Environment Directorate, and Takayoshi Kato, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate Mountain communities and ecosystems are highly exposed to climate hazards due to rugged terrains, steep slopes and stark seasonal contrasts. Looking at the impacts of a changing climate in mountainous areas… Continue Reading “Managing climate risks in mountainous areas”

COP26: Big steps forward on adaptation and resilience

By Michael Mullan, OECD Environment Directorate While I was at COP26 in Glasgow, one of the speakers said that hope was not the same as optimism; rather it was about being able to see the possibility of a better future. In that sense, I… Continue Reading “COP26: Big steps forward on adaptation and resilience”

Deliberative democracy: A bottom up approach to helping solve the climate crisis

By Deborah Holmes Michel, OECD Environment Directorate Our planet’s ecological systems are increasingly under pressure, millions suffer from the negative effects of air pollution, and very few countries are on track to meet their Paris Agreement objectives. Leaders need to imagine different ways of… Continue Reading “Deliberative democracy: A bottom up approach to helping solve the climate crisis”

Building it “right” in African cities — not back better

By Brilé Anderson, OECD Sahel and West Africa Club The African continent is urbanising quickly — in other words, more and more people are living in cities. In the second half of the twentieth century, the population in African cities grew eightfold, from 27… Continue Reading “Building it “right” in African cities — not back better”

Building resilience to natural disaster risk in agriculture

By Francesca Casalini and Jesús Antón, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate As one of the economic sectors most inherently exposed to natural hazards, risk management has always been a key issue for agriculture. During the last few decades, however, the frequency and intensity of… Continue Reading “Building resilience to natural disaster risk in agriculture”

Deep reductions in CO₂ are not enough

By Rodolfo Lacy, OECD Environment Director From the melting of the poles to the weakening of the ocean currents that carry warm water from the tropics into the North Atlantic, every day the planet sends stronger signals of a climate crisis. On 9 August,… Continue Reading “Deep reductions in CO₂ are not enough”