April 2024 Newsletter

Posted on 26/04/24 by Yisum Heneghan

📢 Announcements 

Resilience First webinar on Building Resilient Cities: Key Takeaways 

On 13th March, Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, GLA and Emma Howard Boyd CBE, Chair of the London Climate Resilience Review presented at the Resilience First webinar on The Priorities for Building Resilient Cities. Please see attached for a summary of their discussion.  Summary_Resilience First’s Building Resilient Cities webinar with Shirley Rodrigues DM for Environment and Energy GLA and Emma Howard Boyd CBE Chair London Climat.pdf 

Reminder: Pathways2Resilience call 1 deadline is Monday 6 May 2024 11:00 GMT / 12:00 CET 

The programme is a key contributor to the implementation of the EU Mission On Adaptation to Climate Change. It will allocate €21 million in sub-grants via 2 open calls to support at least 100 European regions and communities to co-design locally-led resilience pathways. This first call aims to provide 40 regions/communities with financial support through subgrant agreements, up to a maximum amount of €210,000, along with supporting services and capacity building activities for subgrants lasting up to 18 months. The selection process will prioritise regions/communities with heightened vulnerability and low adaptive capacity to climate change impacts. This call aims to put together a diverse and inclusive portfolio of regions, ensuring a comprehensive validation of the P2R framework.  


🗒️ Reports / Research released 

Nature Cities: Early engagement and co-benefits strengthen cities’ climate commitments – Published 19th March 

Researchers use global data on 793 cities from the Carbon Disclosure Project 2021 platform to assess how the COVID-19 crisis has affected cities’ reported climate commitments and actions and the factors associated with these impacts. They found climate actions persist despite funding shortfalls; yet only 43% of cities have implemented green recovery interventions. Co-benefits of climate action (for example, health outcomes) and early engagement on sustainability issues (for example, via climate networks) are associated with sustained climate action and finance during COVID-19 and green recovery interventions. Cities should strengthen sustainability co-benefits and relationships with coalitions of actors to support durable climate commitments during crises. 

Decarbonizing Water: Applying the Voluntary Carbon Market towards Global Water Securityreport prepared by the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder and Castalia Advisors, published in March 2024 

Improved access to clean water for the world’s most vulnerable communities could save over 1.6 billion tonnes of CO2 each year, equivalent to nearly half the annual emissions of the entire EU and more than the aviation and shipping sectors combined. 

That is the conclusion of new research  which highlights the multitude of wider benefits that could result from investing in efforts to improve clean water access for millions of people living with poor water sanitation in developing countries. The research highlights how improvements in coastal carbon sinks, wastewater and drinking water treatment, irrigation, and water efficiency could all improve water security while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study also explores means of funding these efforts, arguing that market mechanisms such as high-integrity Voluntary Carbon Market projects could deliver a “triple win” by cutting emissions, improving water security, and enhancing access to clean water and sanitation worldwide. 


📰 News 

How Google has been using AI to successfully predict floods 7 days before they hit Firstpost – 21 March 2024 

Women and girls suffer first when droughts hit poor and rural areas, says UN The Guardian – 21 March 2024 

Guest post: Mapping where tree-planting has the greatest climate benefit Carbon Brief – 26 March 2024 

‘Everybody has a breaking point’: how the climate crisis affects our brains The Guardian – 27th March 2024 

Water industry under fire over ‘3.6 million hours of sewage spills last year’ PA News Agency – 27th March 2024 

Government eyes climate adaptation requirements for transport infrastructure operators Business Green – 3 May 


📂 Consultations 

Department for Transport’s Adaptation Strategy, ‘Fit for a changing climate? Adapting the UK’s transport system’ 

The Department for Transport’s vision is to have a well-adapted transport network that is flexible, reliable, operates safely and is responsive to a changing climate. Our transport adaptation strategy is a monumental step in bringing this to reality and we welcome collaboration with the transport sector to achieve this ambition.   

We encourage you to engage with the consultation. You can respond:   

  • Online here 
  • By email to   
  • By posting your response to Climate Adaptation Strategy Team, Great Minster House, London, SW1P 4DR.  

We would also be grateful if you could share the consultation with interested stakeholders. The closing date is 31 May 2024