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Climate Change

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Climate change refers to a statistically significant variation in either the mean state of the climate or in its variability, persisting for an extended period (typically decades or longer).

Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings, or to persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use. Note that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in its Article 1, defines “climate change” as: “a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.” The UNFCCC thus makes a distinction between “climate change” attributable to human activities altering the atmospheric composition, and “climate variability” attributable to natural causes.


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See also

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  3. Climate change and WASH services delivery – Is improved WASH governance the key to effective mitigation and adaptation?
  4. Summary and Policy Implications. Vision 2030. The resilience of water supply and sanitation in the face of climate change.
  5. How To Climate Proof Water & Sanitation Services for the Urban poor
  6. Adapting to Climate Change in Europe and Central Asia - World Bank Report June 2009
  7. Regional Research Network Water in Central Asia (CAWa)
  8. Climate change and water adaptation issues
  9. Climate Change Adaptation: The Pivotal Role of Water
  10. Climate Change and the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation
  11. HDR 2006 Chapter 4: Water scarcity, risk and vulnerability
  12. Reducing West Africa's Vulnerability to Climate Impacts on Water Resources, Wetlands and Desertification
  13. Participatory Integrated Assessment of Water Management and Climate Change in the Okanagan Basin, British Columbia
  14. Mountain Weather and Climate: A General Overview and a Focus on Climatic Change in the Alps
  15. Climate change and water resources in the Mediterranean
  16. Climate Change and Conflict
  17. A Climate of Conflict: The Links Between Climate Change, Peace and War
  18. 'Climate Change as a Security Risk'
  19. UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  20. Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Weather Events
  21. Image:RycroftWegerich 2009 three bling spots of Afghanistan.PDF
  22. The Three Blind Spots of Afghanistan: Water Flow, Irrigation Development, and the Impact of Climate Change
  23. Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change
  24. Mainstreaming Climate Change Considerations into Integrated Water Resources Management in Pangani River Basin (Tanzania)

External Resources


 IPCC Synthesis report 2007 Climate Change.pdf  IPCC Glossary.pdf

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