Institutional Capacity, Climate Change Adaptation and the Urban Poor

David Dodman and David Sattertwaite

The urban poor frequently live in the most hazardous physical environments- at risk from diseases, floods, fires and landslides and vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This paper discusses how these people are effected, and the role that the government plays in such situations.


Climate Change and Poverty : An Analytical Framework

Stephane Hallegatte, Mook Bangalore, Laura Bonzanigo, Marianne Fay, Ulf Narloch, Julie Rozenberg, Adrien Vogt-Schilb

This paper is a product of the Office of the Chief Economist, Climate Change Group, and a background paper to the World Bank’s flagship report on Climate Change and Poverty. It is part of a larger effort by the World Bank to provide open access to its research and make a contribution to development policy discussions around the world.


Climate change could drive 122M more people into extreme poverty by 2030

The guardian responds to UN report which warns that without measures to halt and reverse climate change, food production could become impossible in large areas of the world


Health of the Homeless and Climate Change

Brodie Ramin, Tomislav Svoboda

This paper provides a framework for understanding the nature of the climate change impact. The authors review four pathways: increased heat waves, increased air pollution, increased severity of floods and storms, and the changing distribution of West Nile Virus. 




In a book of extraordinary scope, Nixon examines a cluster of writer-activists affiliated with the environmentalism of the poor in the global South. By approaching environmental justice literature from this transnational perspective, he exposes the limitations of the national and local frames that dominate environmental writing. 


Climate Change Complicated Efforts to End Poverty

The World Bank

Climate change hits the poorest people the hardest, those living in vulnerable areas with the fewest resources to help them adapt or recover quickly from shocks. As the effects of climate change worsen, escaping poverty becomes more difficult. We have a window now for ending extreme poverty and putting in place the safety nets that can keep poverty at bay while also cutting emissions. Experts in poverty and climate change at the World Bank Group are working with researchers around the world to develop policy guidance and recommendations that can help.


What Climate Change Means for the World's Poor

Gabe Bullard

Climate change has been linked to increased frequency and intensity of destructive weather events, such as floods and hurricanes. But the effects of a warming planet on crops may pose an even greater danger, especially for the world’s poor, according to the World Bank.


A viral approach to the treat climate change poses to the poor

Saleemul Huq, Hannah Reid, IIED

Helping the millions of poor people at greatest risk from climate change to adapt to its impacts is a daunting task. One new approach that deserves greater support is community-based adaptation (CBA). This briefing paper outlines the concepts behind CBA, shares some early lessons learned, and calls for greater networking, information sharing and support for CBA activities.