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This page is a portal for [http://www.thepeoplespeak.org/ The People Speak's] [http://www.thepeoplespeak.org/activities/globaldebates.html Spring 2010 Global Debates]. It provides resources and links on the topic of the contest as well as for the adaptation plans to be written by student-contestants. The topic for this year's debate is: This page is a portal for [http://www.thepeoplespeak.org/ The People Speak's] [http://www.thepeoplespeak.org/activities/globaldebates.html Spring 2010 Global Debates]. It provides resources and links on the topic of the contest as well as for the adaptation plans to be written by student-contestants. The topic for this year's debate is:
-[[Debate: Increase UN Annex I aid for climate change adaptation| "Annex I Countries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) should provide significantly increased aid to developing countries for the specific purpose of climate change adaptation."]][[Image:The People Speak Global Debates Image.png|right]] See Debatepedia's pro/con article on the topic [[Debate: Increase UN Annex I aid for climate change adaptation| here]]. +'''[[Debate: Increase UN Annex I aid for climate change adaptation| "Annex I Countries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) should provide significantly increased aid to developing countries for the specific purpose of climate change adaptation."]][[Image:The People Speak Global Debates Image.png|right]] See Debatepedia's pro/con article on the topic [[Debate: Increase UN Annex I aid for climate change adaptation| here]].'''
Student participants will also be required to submit an adaptation plan for a specific country and a specific climate change threat paired with that country. Here are students' five possible scenarios: Student participants will also be required to submit an adaptation plan for a specific country and a specific climate change threat paired with that country. Here are students' five possible scenarios:
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*[[Debate: Increase UN Annex I aid for climate change adaptation| Debatepedia: Debate: Increase UN Annex I aid for climate change adaptation]] *[[Debate: Increase UN Annex I aid for climate change adaptation| Debatepedia: Debate: Increase UN Annex I aid for climate change adaptation]]
-*[[Debate: Developed countries have a higher obligation to combat climate change| Debatepedia: Debate: Increase UN Annex I aid for climate change adaptation]]+*[[Debate: Developed countries have a higher obligation to combat climate change| Debatepedia: Debate: Developed countries have a higher obligation to combat climate change]]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptation_to_global_warming Wikipedia: Adaptation to global warming] *[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptation_to_global_warming Wikipedia: Adaptation to global warming]
*[http://wiki.idebate.org/en/index.php/Global_climate_change_debate_portal Debatepedia: Global climate change portal] *[http://wiki.idebate.org/en/index.php/Global_climate_change_debate_portal Debatepedia: Global climate change portal]
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*[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/12/science/earth/12climate.html "Europe Pledges Billions in Climate Funding." New York Times. December 11th, 2009] *[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/12/science/earth/12climate.html "Europe Pledges Billions in Climate Funding." New York Times. December 11th, 2009]
*[http://wikiadapt.org/index.php?title=Main_Page WikiAdapt], [http://www.weadapt.org/ WeAdapt]. *[http://wikiadapt.org/index.php?title=Main_Page WikiAdapt], [http://www.weadapt.org/ WeAdapt].
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== Primary resources (reports and studies) == == Primary resources (reports and studies) ==
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*[http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar4/wg2/ar4-wg2-chapter17.pdf IPCC Report: Assessment of adaptation practices, options, constraints and capacity] *[http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar4/wg2/ar4-wg2-chapter17.pdf IPCC Report: Assessment of adaptation practices, options, constraints and capacity]
*[http://unfccc.int/cooperation_and_support/financial_mechanism/adaptation_fund/items/3659.php UNFCCC: Adaptation Fund] *[http://unfccc.int/cooperation_and_support/financial_mechanism/adaptation_fund/items/3659.php UNFCCC: Adaptation Fund]
 +*[http://www.iccgov.org/files/ADAPTATION/Buob_Funding_Venice_SB.pdf International Center for Climate Governance, Seraina Buob: "Global Climate Change and the Funding of Adaptation." April 2-3, 2009]
*[http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/effects/adaptation.html US Environmental Protection Agency on Adaptation] *[http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/effects/adaptation.html US Environmental Protection Agency on Adaptation]
 +*[http://www.climatechange.gov.au/government/international/~/media/publications/international/AOSIS.ashx Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS): "The Importance of Adaptation, especially to address the needs of the vulnerableManaging the unavoidable and avoiding the unmanageable." September 27, 2009]
*[http://www.pewclimate.org/docUploads/Adaptation.pdf Coping with Climate Change. The Role of Adaptation in the United States. Pew Center on Global Climate Change] *[http://www.pewclimate.org/docUploads/Adaptation.pdf Coping with Climate Change. The Role of Adaptation in the United States. Pew Center on Global Climate Change]
 +*[http://ncsp.va-network.org/UserFiles/File/PDFs/Resource%20Center/Resource%20Methodology/CBA_adaptation.pdf John M. Callaway. "Adaptation benefits and costs: are they important in the global policy picture and how can we estimate them?" Global Environmental Change. 2004]
*[http://www.epa.gov/eims/global/clim_res.pdf "Risks, opportunities, and adaptation to climate change." Climate Research. 1998] *[http://www.epa.gov/eims/global/clim_res.pdf "Risks, opportunities, and adaptation to climate change." Climate Research. 1998]
*[http://www.undp.org/climatechange/adapt/ United Nations Development Programme on Adaption to Climate Change] *[http://www.undp.org/climatechange/adapt/ United Nations Development Programme on Adaption to Climate Change]
 +*[http://www.undp.org/climatechange/docs/English/UNDP_Adaptation_final.pdf Dr. E. Lisa F. Schipper. "Adaptation to climate change: the new challenge for development in the developing world." An Environment and Energy Group Publication. July 2008]
*[http://www.ids.ac.uk/go/idspublication/poverty-in-a-changing-climate Poverty in Climate Change. Institute of Development Studies] *[http://www.ids.ac.uk/go/idspublication/poverty-in-a-changing-climate Poverty in Climate Change. Institute of Development Studies]
 +*[http://sei-international.org/mediamanager/documents/Publications/Climate/financing_adaptation_climate_change.pdf Stockholm Environment Institute: "Financing Adaptation to Climate Change." 2008]
 +*[http://www.odi.org.uk/resources/download/2564.pdf Institute of Development Studies: Martin Prowse and Lucy Scott. "Assets and Adaptation: An Emerging Debate" September 2008]
 +*[http://www.iied.org/climate-change/key-issues/economics-and-equity-adaptation/costs-adapting-climate-change-significantly-under-estimated International Institute for Environment and Development: "Costs of adapting to climate change significantly under-estimated." August 26th, 2009]
 +== News articles on adaptation and climate aid ==
 +*[http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/02/070207171745.htm "Adaptation To Global Climate Change Is An Essential Response To A Warming Planet." ScienceDaily. Feb. 8, 2007]
 +*[http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2009/04/01/01climatewire-house-bill-shifts-focus-to-climate-change-im-10371.htm Lauren Morello and Sara Goodman. "House bill shifts focus to climate change adaptation." New York Times Climate Wire. April 1, 2009]
 +*[http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/12/the_importance.php John Laumer. "The Importance Of Climate Change Adaptation." Philadelphia. December 11th, 2007]
 +*[http://environmentalism.suite101.com/article.cfm/adaptation_to_climate_change_the_new_priority Benjamin Cottin. "Adaptation to Climate Change, the New Priority." Suite101. November 25, 2009]
 +*[http://developmenthumanrights.wordpress.com/2009/04/19/mitigation-or-adaptation-to-climate-change/ "Mitigation or Adaptation to Climate Change." Development Human Rights. April 19, 2009]
 +*[http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/09/focus-on-climate-mitigation-give-geoengineering-a-chance.ars Jeremy Jacquot. "Focus on climate mitigation; give geoengineering a chance." ARS Technica. September 6, 2009]
 +*[http://www.global-greenhouse-warming.com/climate-mitigation-and-adaptation.html "Climate Mitigation and Adaptation." A basic set of definitions.]
 +*[http://inel.wordpress.com/2007/02/24/climate-change-mitigation-and-adaptation-both-not-versus/ "Climate change mitigation and adaptation (both, not versus)." Intel blog. February 24, 2007]
 +*[http://www.mediate.com/articles/SusskindLbl20090406.cfm Larry Susskind. "Climate Change: Adaptation vs Mitigation." Mediate.com. April 2009]
 +*[http://www.newsweek.com/id/81390 Sharon Begley. "Learning to Love Climate ‘Adaptation’." NewsWeek. January 7, 2004]
== Articles on developing world responsibilities on climate aid == == Articles on developing world responsibilities on climate aid ==
-*[http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/02/070207171745.htm "Adaptation To Global Climate Change Is An Essential Response To A Warming Planet." ScienceDaily. Feb. 8, 2007] 
*[http://www.finfacts.ie/irelandbusinessnews/publish/article_10008982.shtml "China says Developed Countries bear “unshirkable responsibility” for causing global warming; Temperature in Beijing hits record high for February". Fin Fact, Ireland. February 6, 2007] *[http://www.finfacts.ie/irelandbusinessnews/publish/article_10008982.shtml "China says Developed Countries bear “unshirkable responsibility” for causing global warming; Temperature in Beijing hits record high for February". Fin Fact, Ireland. February 6, 2007]
*[http://www.enews20.com/news_UN_Rich_Nations_Must_Lead_Fight_Against_Global_Warming_03996.html "UN: Rich Nations Must Lead Fight Against Global Warming". eNews. November 27th 2007] *[http://www.enews20.com/news_UN_Rich_Nations_Must_Lead_Fight_Against_Global_Warming_03996.html "UN: Rich Nations Must Lead Fight Against Global Warming". eNews. November 27th 2007]
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*[http://tilz.tearfund.org/Publications/Footsteps+61-70/Footsteps+70/Adapting+to+drought+in+Ethiopia.htm Tadesse Dadi. "Adapting to drought in Ethiopia." February 22, 2007] *[http://tilz.tearfund.org/Publications/Footsteps+61-70/Footsteps+70/Adapting+to+drought+in+Ethiopia.htm Tadesse Dadi. "Adapting to drought in Ethiopia." February 22, 2007]
*[http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=82409 "ETHIOPIA: Poverty hampers climate change adaptation, says PM." Irin News. January 16, 2009] *[http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=82409 "ETHIOPIA: Poverty hampers climate change adaptation, says PM." Irin News. January 16, 2009]
 +*[http://pdf.dec.org/pdf_docs/PNACS781.pdf US agency for international development: "Ethiopia - drought." April 29, 2003]
'''Country: Bangladesh. Threat: Flooding''' '''Country: Bangladesh. Threat: Flooding'''
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*[http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Climate+change+adaptation+in+bangladesh&FORM=VDRE# Videos on climate change adaptation in Bangladesh] *[http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Climate+change+adaptation+in+bangladesh&FORM=VDRE# Videos on climate change adaptation in Bangladesh]
*[http://oxfam.qc.ca/en/campaigns/make-your-mark/case-studies/bangladesh Oxfam Quebec: "Climate change adaptation in Bangladesh: Preparing for flood disaster"] *[http://oxfam.qc.ca/en/campaigns/make-your-mark/case-studies/bangladesh Oxfam Quebec: "Climate change adaptation in Bangladesh: Preparing for flood disaster"]
- +*[ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/009/a0820e/a0820e.pdf "Livelihood adaptation to climate variability and change." Food and Agriculture Association for the United Nations]
'''Country: Philippines. Threat: Storms (more frequent, more intense)''' '''Country: Philippines. Threat: Storms (more frequent, more intense)'''
*[http://pemsea.org/about-pemsea/pemsea-news/climate-change-adaptation-strategies-for-coasts-and-oceans Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA): Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Coasts and Oceans] *[http://pemsea.org/about-pemsea/pemsea-news/climate-change-adaptation-strategies-for-coasts-and-oceans Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA): Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Coasts and Oceans]

Current revision

This page is a portal for The People Speak's Spring 2010 Global Debates. It provides resources and links on the topic of the contest as well as for the adaptation plans to be written by student-contestants. The topic for this year's debate is:

"Annex I Countries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) should provide significantly increased aid to developing countries for the specific purpose of climate change adaptation."
See Debatepedia's pro/con article on the topic here.

Student participants will also be required to submit an adaptation plan for a specific country and a specific climate change threat paired with that country. Here are students' five possible scenarios:

  1. Country: Ethiopia. Threat: Drought
  2. Country: Bangladesh. Threat: Flooding
  3. Country: Philippines. Threat: Storms (more frequent, more intense)
  4. Country: Maldives. Threat: Sea level rise
  5. Country: Malawi. Threat: Uncertainty in agriculture, food deficits

See links to resources for these scenarious at the bottom of the page.

Here is the guide and worksheet for constructing your climate change adaptation plan:

Below are links to resources that will be of use to both the larger debate topic and to the country-specific and scenario-specific plans.

Good starting places

Primary resources (reports and studies)

News articles on adaptation and climate aid

Articles on developing world responsibilities on climate aid

Resources for country-specific scenarios

Country: Ethiopia. Threat: Drought

Country: Bangladesh. Threat: Flooding

Country: Philippines. Threat: Storms (more frequent, more intense)

Country: Maldives. Threat: Sea level rise

Country: Malawi. Threat: Uncertainty in agriculture, food deficits

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