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No Climate Change Progress without 'Climate Proofing' and Funding for Asia's Developing Countries

June 1, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Asia and Climate Risk

The Asian Development Bank recently called for “climate proofing” – to borrow a term used by Preety Bhandari, who heads ADB’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Unit – low-lying or coastal cities in Asia requiring the trifecta of sound integrated planning, adequate resources and political commitment.[read more]

It's Not All About Oil and Gas in the Arctic

May 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Arctic Energy and Risk

Recently, the US assumed the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum, at the conclusion of the 2015 ministerial meeting in Iqaluit in Canada. The US has outlined a policy agenda with a focus on addressing the effects of climate change.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Before You Get Mugged by Reality, Take Out an Insurance Policy'

March 27, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Climate Change and Future Risk

Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz is urging climate change doubters to at least take out an insurance policy when it comes to carbon emissions and climate change. Shultz argues for sustained support for energy research and development along with a carbon tax.[read more]

What Drives Businesses to Prepare for Climate Change?

March 13, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Business and Climate Change

Weather patterns have become increasingly volatile during the winter months leading to extreme variation at times. “Climate change represents the new normal. More and more businesses recognize what is at stake and are grappling with this ongoing change."[read more]

Why Care about Global Warming? Droughts, Poor Harvests, and Social Upheaval

March 11, 2015 by Henry Auer

Global Warming, Global Risk

In both industrialized countries and developing countries there may be those who ask “why should we care about global warming?” After all, many people may not feel that they are affected by warming, and may pay scant attention to reports showing the effects of extreme weather and climate events.[read more]

Global Supply Chains Face Serious Climate Change Risk

February 17, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Supply Chain Climate Risk

 

Global supply chains could be headed for big trouble. “Marginal or no improvements”, tantamount to a lack of preparation, leave supply chains in the US, China, India and Brazil more exposed to climate risks than those in France, the UK and Japan, finds a new global study from CDP and Accenture.[read more]

COP 20 in Lima: Africa at Disproportionate Risk from Climate Change

December 3, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Africa and Climate Risk

Even though big countries’ global leadership on climate issues is crucial for any meaningful progress in international climate talks, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that many countries in Africa and Asia exhibit the dangerous combination of high vulnerability and low readiness to climate change.[read more]

Reflections on the IPCC Synthesis Report

November 5, 2014 by David Hone
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The release of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report Synthesis document on Sunday was a useful reminder of the wealth of measurements, observations and science behind the reality of the anthropocene era and the impact it is having on global ecosystems.[read more]

Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

October 25, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Fracking and the Risk of Methane Leaks

Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates methane. Researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.”[read more]

Climate Change-Related Risks and Costs Exist Today

August 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change Risk and Cost

The risk categories with climate change need to be distinguished: first, risks based on historical data tend to occur with some degree of frequency and therefore can be expected and accounted for. Second, risks that are utterly unexpected and exhibit sudden changes with negative impacts.[read more]

The Climate Protection-Urban Expansion Nexus

July 23, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Climate Change and Urbanization

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this urban growth trend continues uninhibited at a fast clip. By 2050 it is projected that 67 per cent of the world’s population will consist of urban dwellers. They will have to deal with Climate Change.[read more]

Obama Announces New Disaster Planning Guidance That Will Make States and Communities Better Prepared for Climate Change

July 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

President Obama announced that states will soon be required to consider the projected effects of climate change when planning and preparing for natural disasters. The requirement will be implemented in a revision to the FEMA guidance for “state hazard mitigation plans.”[read more]

Sea Level Rise and Global Warming [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 18, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Sea Level Rise and Risk

The coastlines are changing, what does that mean for coastal development, ecosystems and the global economy? What about real estate values, insurance costs, or that nice little seaside village where you plan to buy a house and retire? It’s all changing.[read more]

Of Climate Change and Invalidated Assumptions and Plain Old Obstinance

June 27, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
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How people, whether individually or in groups of various sizes, respond to the most obvious threats of climate change — higher temperatures and humidity, floods and droughts, and perhaps most obviously, rising sea levels — is a topic as fascinating as it is important.[read more]

7 Reasons America Should Succeed On Climate Change

June 10, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Preparedness and Vulnerability

Predictions of what the US “will” do in the future are personal judgments on human nature and the political system. I understand why some people would be pessimistic. But the science makes clear inaction is not a rational option and that technology/economics makes clear that action is super cheap.[read more]