Climate change is one of the major challenges of modern times. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the current conflicts seen in various countries, have been having various negative influences in the efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
A variety of papers published during the pandemic have helped to shed some light on its implications of the pandemic to sustainabilty and well-being:
In the implementation of the SDGs:https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/13/5343
And more recently, the connections between climate change and indigenous knowledge:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-26540-0 and https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1462901122001915
and a potential disruption in sectors such as tourism:https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJCCSM-08-2021-0088/full/html.
But much research is still needed. If left unattended, these problems may undermine the achievement of the goals set at the Paris Agreement. More importantly, a further deterioration of climatic conditions is likely to lead to a deterioration of living conditions-especially in the countries of the global South-, to increase poverty, and exacerbate inequalities. They also undermine the chances of achieving the UN SDGs by 2030.
There is therefore a perceived need to accelerate the efforts towards climate change mitigation and adaptation.
One area where action is required, is the need to address the various information and knowledge gaps surrounding many issues related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Research can here play a key role.
Departing from this reality, the initiative "100 papers to accelerate climate change mitigation and adaptation" is being started. From September 2022 to September 2026, researchers from round the world and across a wide range of disciplines will work together in undertaking studies on a set of key topics related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, leading to scientific papers to be published in high quality peer-reviewed journals, all of which aimed at supporting SDG13 (Climate Action).
The initiative "100 papers to accelerate climate change mitigation and adaptation " Initiative is led by Professor Walter Leal, a professor at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), which is the UK's number 1 sustainable University- placed first in the People and Planet University League 2021: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/sustainability
Professor Leal is a leading expert on sustainable development and climate change adaptation, Chair of the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme a network of over 700 climate change specialists, and founding editor of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, he created in the year 2008
The initiative "100 papers to accelerate climate change mitigation and adaptation " will run from 2022 to 2026, with a total of 100 papers to be published in peer-reviewed journals during this period.
This is an unprecedented effort, moblising well established climate researchers on the one hand, and doctoral students from all geographical regions on the other – so as to engage the next generation of researchers –, working on a truly interdisciplinary way. The concerted effort in the studies and production of the 100 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, will provide a solid and lasting contribution to the literature on climate change, in a way never seen before. The information and data deriving from the papers will also represent a concrete contribution from the academic community, to tackling climate change and its manifold impacts.
Expressions of interest to join the initiative and contribute as co-authors to the papers, should be sent to the coordination team and contain the following details:
Position in the organisation:
Areas of interest:
The information should be sent to the ICCIRP publications team at: Climate-Papers (@) HAW-Hamburg.de
Further information will be shared with the selected authors. The list of the first 50 papers is now complete, and will be discussed with them.