There have been changes in some types of extreme weather events over the last several decades including in heat waves and cold waves. Heat waves have become more frequent and intense. Regionally, there have been increased floods and droughts.
Despite contributing little to greenhouse emissions, the threats of climate change can be felt strongest by indigenous communities around the world.
Warmer temperatures can promote heavier rainfall, which we have seen cause the destruction of land and homes in our partnerships in Peru and Papua New Guinea. Coastal areas are particularly vulnerable with low lying land at the mercy of rising sea levels, as is the case in partner communities Wabumari and Gadaisu in Papua New Guinea.
The communities continue to think creatively, drawing on traditional knowledge and other technologies to find solutions which may help society at large to cope with impending changes.