To begin developing a shared understanding of the linkages between Climate Change and Hazards and the global institutional context that these themes relate to in the Americas, the attached four readings are required of all participants (note: the Synthesis Report is also available in Spanish if you prefer).
Participants: Please read these four documents prior to coming to Panama this June, 2010:
Maarten K. van Aalst. 2006. The impacts of climate change on the risk of natural disasters. Disasters, 2006, 30(1): 5−18.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Synthesis Report, adopted section by section at IPCC Plenary XXVII (Valencia, Spain, 12-17 November 2007), which represents the formally agreed statement of the IPCC concerning key findings and uncertainties contained in the Working Group contributions to the Fourth Assessment Report. (English OR Spanish)Magrin, G., C. Gay García, D. Cruz Choque, J.C. Giménez, A.R. Moreno, G.J. Nagy, C. Nobre and A. Villamizar, 2007: Latin America. Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, M.L. Parry, O.F. Canziani, J.P. Palutikof, P.J. van der Linden and C.E. Hanson, Eds.,Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 581-615.
Patricia Romero Lankao. 2010. Water in Mexico City: what will climate change bring to its history of water related hazards and vulnerabilities? Environment and Urbanization 22:157.
You may also find the Clearinghouse and Recommended Bibliography helpful as we develop these research and educational activities through the PASI program.