Climate change is worsening an already unprecedented scarcity of resources, including water and arable land in some of the world's most volatile and impoverished regions. Environmental degradation most strongly impacts vulnerable communities, primarily because these places lack the coping mechanisms that normally protect lives and livelihoods.
Mercy Corps is committed to helping these communities address and adapt to environmental changes. Our programs increase access to clean energy, manage limited water supplies, and teach farmers to protect their land.
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DR Congo: Simple things can make the biggest difference in the DRC June 19, 2009
When asked by family or friends after a field visit, "How was your trip?" or "What's new in Africa?" I'm often guilty of giving oversimplified responses, though I realize our programs go way beyond "fine" and "interesting."
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 5 June 19, 2009
Today, at the last day of the Platform, I took advantage of a fascinating early session to understand what is being done about legal frameworks for disaster response.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 4 June 18, 2009
It is always nice when things you are really interested in come together. Today, on day 4 of the Global Platform, two topics that came together for me were Sphere and disaster risk reduction.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 3 June 17, 2009
It seems that the second full day of a conference generates more substantive discussion and thought than the first day, and this was certainly the case at the Global Platform today.
Riding the green wave June 4, 2009
How Much to Offset Your Carbon? June 5, 2008
How much would it cost to offset the carbon emissions from your transportation and travel? Here are a few suggested numbers for you to pinpoint a donation amount.
United States: Leading Businesses, Cities and Non-Profits Join "Together" to Fight Climate Change June 4, 2008
Ethiopia: Turning Trash into Cash March 14, 2008
As a single mother with a 13-year-old son, Tafessu Jiru doesn't have a lot of kitchen scraps coming from her household. Most everything is put to prudent use.
Frequently Asked Questions: Our Carbon Footprint September 26, 2007
Please note: these questions pertain to Mercy Corps Climate Change Impact Assessment, which can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here. Q: What is a carbon footprint?
Climate Change and Community Development August 13, 2007
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), established by the United Nations World Meterological Organization and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, recently