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  • Climate change could cost South Asia 50% of its GDP by 2050.  In order to drive action at scale climate adaptation needs to be mainstreamed into all areas of decision making.
  • The Action on Climate Today (ACT) programme has developed a new ‘governance framework’ for integrating climate adaptation into government systems, policies and plan has been successfully tested in South Asia.
  • Most traditional approaches to mainstreaming climate change emphasize technical issues and often overlook the politics. This framework puts institutions and politics it at the center.

Read more: New framework has successes integrating climate change into governance systems in South Asia

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The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis.

Scientists explain how plastic-eating enzyme can help fight pollution – video

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.

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It was predictable that one day Adisa Azapagic, who studies the carbon footprint of various foods, would get around to chocolate. Little was known about the environmental impact of producing that guilt-and swoon-inducing pleasure, and for many, ignorance was bliss. “My husband wasn’t amused when I suggested he consider switching to dark chocolate,” which has a smaller carbon footprint than milk chocolate, she said. “He said it was a divorcing issue.”

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A leading DFID-funded programme called Action on Climate Today (ACT), has released a new paper ‘Mainstreaming, accessing and institutionalizing finance for climate change adaptation’. 

Insufficient funding remains one of the biggest barriers to adaptation action, and ACT’s framework helps governments to identify, track and measure climate adaptation finance through their budgets. This is the first of a series of reports based on ACT’s work in South Asia.

New framework ensures effective government financing for climate adaptation

  • The cost of climate change adaptation in South Asia could be as much as US$500 billion per year by 20501. Insufficient funding remains one of the biggest barriers to climate adaptation action. However, few countries have successfully accounted for public spending on climate adaptation.
  • A new framework that makes sure government spending on adaptation is effective, has been successfully tested in South Asia.
  • The new framework - Financing Framework for Resilient Growth (FFRG) – can help countries integrate climate change adaptation into their plans, policies, and budgets at the national and subnational level.
  • This framework helps governments identify climate spending for adaptation issues, track it through departmental budgets, understand the scale of need for new funding, and plan for and access new sources of climate finance.
  • The Action on Climate Today (ACT) programme has applied the FFRG in four South Asian countries: Afghanistan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Read more: New framework helps governments meet climate spending goals

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