The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | Rewriting History: From Bad Math to Reasons for Optimism on the Colorado River

The story of water management in the Western United States is epitomized by the Colorado River. Water managers in the early twentieth century set up structures and policies that would have implications for tens of millions of users across multiple states and countries — and all based upon faulty math. How have the systems and infrastructure along the Colorado River impacted development? How is climate change coming into play? And are there reasons for hope that the story of conflict and mismanagement can become a story of cooperation?

In this episode of ClimateReady we are joined by John Fleck, a renowned author, science journalist, and Director of the University of New Mexico’s Water Resources Program. We cover a range of topics relating to the Colorado River from transboundary management, to balancing competing water demands, to the role of storytelling in developing good water governance. All of this and more can be found in his new book Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River.

We wrap up with another “Climate of Hope” story as part of an ongoing collaboration with the World Youth Parliament for Water. Juliane Schillinger talks about the growing voice of scientists in political movements as a result of the climate crisis and the benefits of stepping out of the “ivory tower.”
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AGWA Updates: December 2019

We have just released the latest issue of AGWA Updates, our internal e-newsletter. You can access the December issue by clicking here. You'll want to check out this issue to learn about the incredible amount of activity taking place within the AGWA network. As always it is full of the latest news on the intersection of climate and water from the fields of climate change adaptation, climate finance, policy, and much more. Stay updated! Stay informed!

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Smart Water Policies to Combat Climate Change

Beating climate change means adopting climate-resistant water management approaches because without water there is no life. People all over the world are experiencing the impacts of climate change, with very real consequences for their lives and for the natural systems on which they depend. These impacts are experienced more directly through water: floods, droughts, storms, rising temperatures and rising sea levels.

At the same time, water resources are increasingly variable, partly due to the climate crisis. Water availability and demand are becoming more unpredictable, affecting water quality and threatening sustainable development.

These challenges were discussed during the “Watering the National Adaptation Plans” event at #COP25 Spain Pavilion.
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New Episode of #ClimateReady Podcast | Live from COP25: Quenching the Thirst of Climate Adaptation

This special episode of ClimateReady was taped live at the ongoing UNFCCC COP25 in Madrid, Spain. Ingrid and a special co-host, the Executive Director of AGWA, have a conversation with colleagues from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The four of them talk about the integral role of water in climate change solutions and actions as well as a newly launched background paper on water prepared for the Global Commission on Adaptation (www.adaptationsthirst.org). To watch the Facebook Live video interview, visit bit.ly/CR-COP25.

The episode concludes with our “Climate of Hope” segment in partnership with the World Youth Parliament for Water. Stephanie Woodworth highlights the impact that climate change is having on the environment and communities where she lives, and the work being done with local youth that gives her hope.
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Quenching Adaptation's Thirst: Resilient Water Management to Guide Climate Action

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Water has long been recognized as a central component of climate change impacts as well as a tool to ensure effective adaptation. In the words of Carter Roberts, CEO, WWF-US, at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen in 2009, “The language of water is the language of climate change.” Nevertheless, miscommunication and misunderstanding remain an issue between the water and climate change communities.

A new Water Background Paper has been prepared as part of a series designed to inform the Global Commission on Adaptation's 2019 flagship report. The goal of this Water Background Paper is to answer the fundamental two-audience question posed by the UNFCCC in 2016: what can the water community do to help advance targets for climate change adaptation, and what can the climate community do to help advance targets for water resilience?
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