Let’s talk about climate change


Photo of hands framing the sun

Um, maybe not. The topic of climate change is a bit controversial these days so we will keep our lips firmly locked on the subject.

But we can recommend an open source repository where you can find information on climate change, and other important issues impacting the developing world.

The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.

By extending and improving access to World Bank research, the World Bank aims to encourage innovation and allow anyone in the world to use Bank knowledge to help improve the lives of those living in poverty.

The OKR contains thousands of research works including: World Bank Group Annual Reports and Independent Evaluation Studies; books published by the World Bank Group including flagship publications, academic books and practitioner volumes; and journal articles published in the World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO). And there is so much more.

The OKR is updated on a regular basis as new research outputs and knowledge products are published and released for publication.

We browsed the OKR’s publications to see what climate change titles got our temperature soaring. It was hard to pick our top 3 (because there were 104 items in the list!), but here they are. Enjoy!

  • Country Stakes in Climate Change Negotiations : Two Dimensions of Vulnerability
    Buys, Piet; Deichmann, Uwe; Meisner, Craig; Ton-That, Thao; Wheeler, David. 2007.
    Policy Research Working Paper; No. 4300. World Bank, Washington, DC.
    Using a comprehensive geo-referenced database of indicators relating to global change and energy, the paper assesses countries’ likely attitudes with respect to international treaties that regulate carbon emissions.
  • How China’s Farmers Adapt to Climate Change
    Wang, Jinxia; Mendelsohn, Robert; Dinar, Ariel; Huang, Jikun. 2008.
    World Bank, Washington, DC; Policy Research Working Paper; No. 4758.
    Future climate scenarios will cause farmers in China to want to reduce irrigation and shift toward oil crops, wheat, and especially cotton. In turn, farmers will shift away from potatoes, rice, vegetables, and soybeans. However, adaptation will likely vary greatly from region to region.
  • The Impact of Sea Level Rise on Developing Countries: A Comparative Analysis
    Dasgupta, Susmita; Laplante, Benoit; Meisner, Craig; Wheeler, David; Yan, Jianping. 2007.
    Policy Research Working Paper; No. 4136. World Bank, Washington, DC.
    In this paper, the authors have assessed the consequences of continued Sea Level Rise (SLR) for 84 developing countries. The results reveal that hundreds of millions of people in the developing world are likely to be displaced by SLR within this century, and accompanying economic and ecological damage will be severe for many.