There is strong and growing scientific consensus that increases in global temperatures are now inevitable and the potential impact on humanity may be devastating. Evidence shows that the frequency and intensity of environmental hazards such as floods, cyclones, and droughts are increasing, leading to high volatility in many parts of the world. The impact of these events falls unequally on the most vulnerable individuals, households, and communities.
The Population Council is studying the interaction between increased urbanization and climate change. Who and where the people most vulnerable to environmental risk and climate change are, and how do respond to environmental risks and climate change? What are the effects of environmental risks and climate change on health and wellbeing? And which interventions and policies facilitate adaptation and build resilience?