Palavas-les-Flots is a popular seaside resort in southern France, one of several built in the 1960s as part of a government programme to develop tourism along the western Mediterranean seaboard. But the town, like others in the region, now faces disaster from the slow but sure rising sea levels and the coastal erosion exacerbated by mass tourism.
The Philippines is one of the countries most affected by sea level rise. This will be costly, yet no help is forthcoming from the big industrialised nations – who disproportionately contributed to the changing climate which is causing the sea to rise.
In the Philippines, sea level rise – relative to the height of the land – is greater than in any other region of the world, according to our data. This means that the frequent typhoons inflict even more damage, and threaten people like Pepe and Soledad Cabasag.
Laurence Tubiana was the French ambassador for international climate negotiations in Paris 2015 and is now CEO of the European Climate Foundation. For her, the international commitments are showing striking results
Ottmar Edenhofer is a climate scientist and head of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin. He says we must raise the price of carbon to promote zero emission technologies and to generate revenue for the poor.
Ute Scheub has carried out a global investigation into farmers who regenerate humus on their land, and found that fertile soils can reduce the CO2 content to safe levels. Scheub pleads for diversified and natural crops.
Once upon a time, the "Venice of the North" was built in swamp near the coast. Now St. Petersburg is vulnerable to the rising sea. The problem: There is still no master plan to protect the city from climate change.
In the Philippine sea an island, which has enormous strategic importance for Japan, is slowly sinking. Scientists are trying to grow baby coral on the rock to save it – and spending millions of dollars on the experiment.
The 195 member states participating in the Paris Climate Change Conference can be divided into four major factions: the influential states, the obstructors, the successful and the weak states. What special interests do they have?