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By Chen Chen, Research Scientist, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN)

Funded by a two-year Partnership Development Grant from Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, McGill University-based Adaptation Tracking Collaborative gathers partners from Wageningen University, UCLA, and ND-GAIN to develop conceptual, methodological, and empirical approaches for tracking adaptation across scales. Since September 2016, the collaborative has surveyed private sector stakeholders to understand the private sector adaptation tracking needs and perception. The survey seeks to collect comments on existing metrics and to build a “wish-list” by which private sector stakeholders believe adaptation tracking would be valuable to facilitate their resilience investment. The collaborative carried out the survey covering a spectrum of private sector industries, including (re)insurance, manufacturing, consulting-service, legal-service, and rating company.

By Natalie Ambrosio, Research Assistant, ND-GAIN Urban Adaptation Assesment

Words are confusing, often wrought with varying connotations and intangible ideas. But no matter what they’re called, floods and droughts are concrete events, which can be fought with concrete action. The New York Times article, “In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’” by Hiroko Tabuchi depicts a world in which the mention of climate change draws contention, but the undoubtedly changing weather is commonly accepted. Farmers rely on the land, live by the weather and feel their lives changing along with it.


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