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30JUL
2015
Report: US Government Accountability Office (GAO): Army Corps of Engineers: Efforts to Assess the Impact of Extreme Weather Events
Category: Defence & Security, Government & Policy, Latest News

Major infrastructure projects undertaken by the US Army Corps of Engineers are at risk from climate change impacts like extreme weather and sea level rise. This, according to a recent report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), is compounded by the fact that the Army Corps has only just started to assess the scale of the vulnerability, and suffers from a lack of funding to do so effectively.

The Army Corps of Engineers is an agency that doesn’t always grab the headlines, yet the amount and scale, of work undertaken by its 37,000 military and civilian staff, is staggering. Picking some headline figures from the agency’s website, the Corps owns or operates: 609 dams, 257 navigation locks, 75 hydroelectric power plants (24% of total US capacity), 12,000 miles of navigable rivers, and 609 coastal or inland harbours.To top it all, it is also the nation’s number one provider of outdoor recreation with more than 368 million visits to thousands of sites across the country.

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15OCT
2014
Report: U.S. Department of Defense: 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap
Category: Defence & Security, Latest News

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has released a Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, outlining how to combat climate risks that pose an ‘immediate threat’ to US national security. The roadmap shows how the DOD’s plans to respond to a host of climate-related threats. It includes both direct threats to the military such as increased flood risk to coastal defence facilities due to sea level rise, and indirect risks from, for example, increased tensions over water shortages in volatile parts of the world.

 

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17APR
2014
Report: Swiss Re: Sigma 2013: Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters 2013
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

 Key findings of the report include:  

  - Total economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters were USD 140 billion in 2013

  - Global insured losses were around USD 45 billion in 2013, with large contributions from flooding and hail events

  - Around 26 000 lives were lost in natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2013

  - A special chapter on climate change in the sigma says rising global temperatures are expected to lead to shifts in the frequency, intensity and duration of extreme weather events

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19MAR
2014
Report: US Department of Defense: 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review
Category: Defence & Security, Government & Policy, Latest News

The last time the US Department of Defense (DOD) released its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) – an overall review of US defence strategy – back in 2010, they highlighted climate change as a threat to global security. Since then there has been ongoing policies of austerity in the West and the US has faced fiscal cliffs, government shutdowns and continued spending cuts. It comes as little surprise then, that the economy features prominently in the latest QDR released this month. What may be more surprising is that the one issue that features more prominently than the economy, was climate change. 

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22JAN
2014
Report: Global Risks Report 2014: The World Economic Forum, Davos.
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Features, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2014 report; a compendium of the most significant systemic risks to global prosperity according to 700 experts. Climate change is identified as one of the top 5 risks over the next 10 years.

The report assesses 31 risks that are global in nature and have the potential to have major negative impact across entire countries and industries if they take place. The risks are grouped under five classifications – economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological – and measured in terms of their likelihood and potential impact.

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18DEC
2013
Report: US Navy Task Force on Climate Change: "Climate Change Roadmap"
Category: Defence & Security, Features, Government & Policy, Latest News

The US Navy's Task Force on Climate Change, released its 'Climate Change Roadmap' in 2010. The report outlines the Navy’s approach to observing, predicting, and adapting to climate change by providing a chronological list of Navy- associated action items, objectives, and desired effects for up to 2014.

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18DEC
2013
Report: EASAC: "Trends in extreme weather events in Europe: implications for national and European Union adaptation strategies"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), warns that climate change will bring more severe weather to Europe’s door, and that urgent action is required if member states are to be adequately prepared. Noting that ‘heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers’, the report calls for policy makers to act now at both national and EU levels.

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13DEC
2013
Report: FEMA: The impact of climate change and population growth on the National Flood Insurance Program through 2100
Category: Defence & Security, Government & Policy, Latest News, Water & Sanitation

A new report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has found that rising sea levels and more extreme storms, could double the number of flood-prone properties by the end of the century, which may make the scheme unaffordable.

The report claims that areas of the US at risk from floods could increase by as much as 45%, to 11.2 million properties, by 2100. Such a large expansion of high risk properties will pile costs onto the flood insurance program, with premiums rocketing from US$3.2 billion in 2009, to US$ 5.4 billion by 2040 and to as much as US$11.2 billion by 2100.  

Interestingly the report attributes only around 30% of the increase in flood risk to population growth with climate change accounting for the remaining 70%. The forecast presents a major challenge for the flood scheme, because climate impacts mean that costs are not spread evenly. For instance after Hurricane Katrina the NFIP went US$16 billion in debt, and Sandy is expected to drive the scheme into the red to the tune of US$25 billion. These are levels that the scheme is already struggling to repay. Increases in flood risk will make the NFIP increasingly untenable.

 

 

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07AUG
2013
Guide: UK Environment Agency / IEMA: "Climate Change Adaptation: Building the Business Case"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The UK Environment Agency (EA) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) have come together to launch best-practice guidance that will help environment and sustainability professionals to develop a thorough business case and secure senior management buy-in for addressing climate risks. 'Climate Change Adaptation: Building the Business Case’ is a 14-page guide that provides insightful learning points from practice, drawing on the experience of over 300 IEMA members.

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24JUL
2013
Report: WMO: The Global Climate 2001-2010, A decade of Climate Extremes
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has shown that the world experienced unprecedented climatic extremes in the ten years to 2010. The decade wasn’t just the warmest since modern measurements began over 150 years ago but also saw a high number of extreme weather events- Hurricane Katrina in the US,  droughts in the Amazon Basin, Australia and East Africa and floods in Pakistan just to name a few. The Global Climate 2001-2010, A decade of Climate Extremes study analysed global and regional temperature and precipitation data as well as extreme events to compile the report. 

 

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23JUL
2013
Report: UNDP: 'GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector'
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The success of private-sector companies will increasingly depend on their ability to adapt to climate change. This is the conclusion of a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNDP), which found that extreme weather events, water scarcity and regulations that will be put in place to control emissions, are all climate-related events that will materially affect businesses’ ability to operate unless early action is taken to adapt. The report, GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector, says the private sector’s operating costs, markets for products and availability of raw materials will be affected by climate change. The report highlights the risks of climate driven events to a wide range of business sectors, from finance and tourism, to healthcare and transport.

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18JUL
2013
Report: C2ES: Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report has found that the vast majority of major firms see extreme weather and climate change impacts as a current or near-term business risk, but lack the data and tools needed to assess and manage these risks. The report, published this month by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) – formerly the Pew Center on Climate Change – highlights the extent of the adaptation challenge for the business community.

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07JUL
2013
Report: Defra: UK National Adaptation Plan
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The UK faces numerous and serious threats from climate change. But by addressing those risks early, the worst outcomes can be avoided - and there may even be benefits to gain. Those are the conclusions from the newly released National Adaptation Programme, published last week by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The new report outlines the steps government, businesses and communities are already taking to address the most severe and urgent threats of climate change, as identified by Defra last year in its Climate Change Risk Assessment.

 

 

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11MAR
2013
Report: US Department of Defense (DoD): The ‘Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap’ (CCAR)
Category: Defence & Security, Latest News

The ‘Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap’ (CCAR), makes up a key element of the DoD’s annual update of its Strategic Sustainability Performance Programme (SSPP). The CCAR represents a blueprint for the Department’s action on climate change and includes approaches to dealing with global impacts such as increased conflict, resource competition, food insecurity and increased necessity for military personnel to contribute to relief efforts. 

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15JAN
2013
Report: World Economic Forum: Global Risks Report 2013
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

More than 1000 experts taking part in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual risk report concluded that the interplay between the top five risks of widening income gap between rich and poor, high government deficits, climate change, water shortages and aging populations could pose a dangerous cocktail for global economic and social stability.

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14MAY
2012
Report: PwC: "Business leadership on climate change adaptation: Encouraging engagement and action"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

'Business leadership on climate change adaptation: Encouraging engagement and action', indicates that climate change will have particularly sever impacts on insurers as it is likely to increase the number and magnitude of insurance claims from extreme weather events and will also lead to losses on investments. The study also found that is action that is being taken by businesses now that will determine how well they are able to cope with future climate impacts: “The winners in this sector will be those companies that understand the risks and opportunities facing their businesses, and embed it into their strategies and operations.”

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24APR
2010
Article: "UK Adaptation Reporting Power - How Acclimatise Can Help"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

18MAR
2010
Presentation: "Adaptation Reporting Power: Practical Approaches and Challenges"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

John Firth, CEO and co-founder, Acclimatise

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