Contest Image

Adaptation to Climate Change 2014

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

03/09/14 08:00 EDT - 07/20/14 11:59 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

07/21/14 12:00 EDT - 08/05/14 08:00 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

08/05/14 08:01 EDT - 08/16/14 11:59 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

08/16/14 08:00 EDT - 09/03/14 12:59 EDT
Voting Period
Public Voting Period

09/03/14 12:00 EDT - 10/02/14 12:00 EDT
Winners awarded
Winners are announced for the Judges’ and Popular Choice Awards

10/02/14 12:01 EDT
What can be done to adapt to the impacts of climate change?

Climate change is a global problem whose challenges must be met at the local and regional level. Scientists have predicted its impacts to include changes in precipitation, heat waves, increased extreme weather events and disaster intensity, increased flooding and desertification, reduced fresh water resources, changes in disease patterns, and more. Even if we were able to aggressively reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, mean sea levels may rise between 26-54 cm by 2100 under the most conservative scenarios (IPCC 2013), and most projections foresee even higher effects. All of this is likely to affect plant, animal and human life. As such, it is imperative that we act now through conscious adaptation efforts, particularly at the local level, to create more resilient and climate-smart communities. Developing regions will bear a disproportionate risk, and their fate may largely be determined by decisions made in regions with the least incentive to act. This contest seeks to explore innovative institutional, educational, financial, and other means by which we can increase global and local preparedness for climate change on both domestic and international scales. Click here for contest details


29 Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)

Global birth control supported by the collective consciousnessjgrpoco

Megadisasters, flooding, glaciation: whatever the future now is the time to start a smoth population reduction. Without traumas but steadly.

Corridors: Forward-thinking conservation management through habitat connectivitySuper Squirrels

Climate change moves faster than species can migrate. The human landscape is an underused framework for living corridors for biodiversity.

Online platform to gain and exchange knowledge to foster adaptation.cle

Improve access to knowledge about the environment. It assists the agricultural sector to be sustainable and adapt with climate change.

Invisible shore-protecting flexible reefs for coastal, food, and water securityOcean Foresters

Flexible reefs would preserve and protect beaches, wetlands, ports and coastal structures while growing food without fresh water.

Capturing rivers at sea to get freshwaterOcean Foresters

Bottomless dams can economically capture fresh water from rivers after the river has entered the sea.

Community Insurance: Bringing Catastrophe Bonds to Climate Vulnerable Areaskenseyb

Community pools money to insure roads/wells. Protected if disaster hits, paid a premium if it doesn't. #communityinsurance #climatefinance

Voice of ClimateVoice of Climate

Teaching farmers about climate change adopted agriculture skills to let children go to school!

Improve Resilience through decentralising constructed wetlands for sewageFátima Campos

Constructed Wetlands reclaim water while reduce Carbon Footprint, increase Biocapacity and their desentralization improve resilience.

Greenland Glacier Melt Reduction and Stabilizationpaulo

Greenland's glaciers are getting darker. By covering dark areas with fresh snow as a reflective material we can reduce the amount of melt.


History clearly proves that forced migration without food, water, and shelter creates uncontrollable chaos and desperation.

Controlling earth's temperature and ending starvation forevercharlemaign

capture/create/control and dissipate hurricanes via controlling start of eye wall, making thunderstorms to cool the earth/provide water :P

A Common Sense Transition To Adaptation!Johnnie Buttram

They were only small islands in the rising sea - mere footprints in the sand - without food, water, and shelter - soon to be forgotten!

Impacts of Climate Change on and Adaptation Process in Bangladesh Coastal Regionrobin

Coastal regions of Bangladesh are vulnerably affected by sea level rising and practices different adaptation strategies

Global Serious Errors of Design and Environmental , Green Standard of the Worldhuynhphudat

Prove by calculate absorbCO2/creatO2 of plants before/after we build buildings . Prove environmental laws is wrong by data .

Adaptation to Global Warming through the IMBECS ProtocolMarine BECCS

FF use induced global damage has 'baked in' significant biogeochemical changes. The IMBECS Protocol offers one adaptation path.

Marine Agronomy improves food-water securityOcean Foresters

Seaweed farming offers global food-water security even as Climate Change disrupts traditional land and ocean food supplies.

Local Action - Global ImpactPetru Botnaru

Unfortunately, Republic of Moldova has the lowest percentage of forest area in Europe- 11.4 % (374,500 ha).

What if planning for climate impacts boosted economic returns?GreaterPlaces

What if planning could bring together strategic/managed retreat and economic redevelopment? This proposal looks at planning for both.

Path To ZeroBAS Nederland

Bring cities to energy independence through carbon, energy and cost neutrality.

Climate CommunicationThe Thin Page

Strengthening communities with enhanced access to information and promote their adaptation with conscious participation.

Crossing the threshold: an integrated approach to transformational changeOur Place On Earth

Facilitate knowledge exchange between communities to support innovation, experimentation, and adaptation by mainstreaming climate adaptation

The Fractal Matrix Planning SystemPadhraic_Moneley

Urban DNA for a Sustainable Future

Solution: Rising Sea Levels & The Sahara Desertlittlewolf

Pump sea water that releases underground in the Sahara desert. Leads to vegetation, moisture and less Atlantic heat storms.

Develop a plan to deal with sea level

Climate science predicts that we could see as much as 22 meters of sea level rise by the end of the century. We need plan to deal with it.