Slow Onset Events related to Climate Change - Special Issue

Elsevier, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, Pages A1-A8, 1-318 (June 2021)

This special issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) collaborates with the UNFCCC Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism to bring together a collection of articles on environmental sustainability in relation to those adverse climate impacts –slow onset events--which unfold gradually over time. Sometimes these slow onset events interact with rapid-onset hazard events and often irreversible in nature relative to human society. The articles review and synthesize literature which evaluate the nature of slow onset events and highlight emerging topics in the scientific literature. The special issue helps identify the gaps and challenges in understanding slow onset events and their local, national, and regional impacts, and possible approaches to manage these. The guest editors hope that these papers will enhance the knowledge base and highlight potential approaches to assess and address such adverse impacts of climate change at the local, national and regional levels that can support the development and accessibility of tools, which inform national planning and policymaking processes in assessing and addressing the impacts and risks associated with slow onset events and response options

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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This special issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) brings together a collection of articles on environmental sustainability in relation to those adverse climate impacts –slow onset events--which unfold gradually over time.
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This paper provides a synthesis of knowledge on inter-connected categories of non-economic loss and damage induced by climate change in the Pacific Islands region and presents identified knowledge gaps and possibilities for future research. In addition to the main SDGs, this article is indirectly related to SDG 1.4.2 (Vulnerable and indigenous people’s land), SDG 4.7 (Value-driven culture) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities).
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

The relocation of vulnerable communities as a means to avoid slow-onset climate change impacts in Fiji highlights the complex range of considerations that must be factored in when assessing relocation options and strategies. Participatory scenario-building exercises are particularly well-suited as a means and platform to assist communities to self-navigate relocation issues. In addtion to the main SDGs, this article is indirectly related to SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This paper assesses the state of knowledge on human mobility related to slow-onset events due to climate change with particular attention to developing country contexts. It provides an anatomy of the field and explores findings relating migration as an adaptation strategy. In addition to the main SDGs, this article is indirectly related to SDG 1 (No Poverty).
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This paper reviews how and why Traditional and Local Knowledge (TLK) needs to be integrated into climate change adaptation in Latin America and Caribbean. TLK systems and practical actions can collaborate with scientific knowledge in impact and risk assessment to develop both short and long-term planning. In addition to the main SDGs, this article is indirectly related to SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

Public bureaucracies at different levels of government can play an important role in managing gradual events, including slow-onset climate change events. This review develops a model of bureaucratic influence on climate policy-making. In addition to the main SDG this article is indirectly related to SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

Physical, psychological, social and institutional vulnerabilities and their intersectional associations with slow-onset events of climate change are relevant to understanding multi-level vulnerabilities. This paper emphasizes the need to work with an integrated approach for multi-level vulnerabilities of high-risk groups in Pakistan and proposes building inclusive policy sensitivity to the demands of vulnerable groups. In addition to the main SDGs this title is indirectly related to SDG 5 (Gender Equality)
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

Focusing on losses and damages associated with drought and water scarcity through a review of cases and policies in seven Asian countries, this paper finds evidence of urban droughts leading to significant tangible losses and intangible losses. Reorienting water management policies, adaptation actions, and interventions in urban areas is essential for effective climate adaptation. In addition to the main SDGs this article is also related to SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 15 (Life on Land).
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

Asian deltaic cities are highly populated and suffering from frequent floods. The paper looks into adaptation pathways such as urbanization-induced land, subsidence and SLR in Tokyo, Jakarta, Manila and Ho Chi Minh City. The author assesses how an engineering approach towards flooding adaptation is shaping the future of Asian deltaic cities and whether this would be sustainable. In addition to the main SDGs, this paper is indirectly related to: SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure)
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

Climate change has accelerated the melting of Himalayan glaciers, with profound impacts on the planetary health realms of the Himalayan region. The complexity has been captured and mapped to explain linkages between melting glaciers and associated planetary health issues to help planning for better planetary health in nine subsystem categories: ecological services, disaster, water security, food security, energy security, livelihood and culture, migration, conflict and public health. In addition to the main SDGs, this article is indirectly related to SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities).

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