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MIT & UN Launch Global Contests To Strengthen Climate Resiliency

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Climate CoLab, in collaboration with the United Nations Secretary-General, has announced a series of global, online contests intended to help strengthen the climate resiliency of vulnerable countries.

The suite of MIT-led contests are part of the recently announced Climate Resilience Initiative — Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R), a new global, multi-stakeholder initiative intended to accelerate action to grow the climate resiliency of the most vulnerable countries and people by 2020. A2R was announced and launched at the COP21 UN Climate Change conference on November 30, and the new climate resiliency contests were announced by the MIT Sloan School of Management on Tuesday.

“No matter the outcome of the international climate negotiations, it is clear that now more than ever before, we need the ideas and contributions of as many people as possible to address climate change,” said MIT Professor Thomas Malone, founder and principal investigator for the Climate CoLab — an online platform where over 50,000 from around the world are working to solve different aspects of the climate change problem. “We hope these contests inspire experts and non-experts alike to work together in this critical time.”

CoLab has already announced the details of the first contest, which aims to seek early actions that can be taken by those most vulnerable of countries to ensure that they are prepared for climate-related disasters and hazards. Many countries are already at risk of climate change hazards, such as rising sea levels and increasingly severe weather disasters. Worse, many of those countries most at risk are not only barely responsible for man-made global warming, but are ill-prepared — both economically and logistically — to save themselves.

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