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26JAN
2016
Report: WHO Human health and climate change in Pacific island countries
Category: Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News

 A new WHO report focusing on Pacific island countries highlights a wide array of different health issues and their links to Climate Change. It also offers a strategic framework for health adaptation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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29SEP
2015
Case Study: TARU Leading Edge: Establishing an integrated and real-time vector/water-borne disease surveillance and response system in Indore
Category: Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals

Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) is a decentralized, state based surveillance program in the country. It is intended to detect early warning signals of impending outbreaks and help initiate an effective response in a timely manner. It is also expected to provide essential data to monitor progress of on-going disease control program and help allocate health resources more efficiently.

The course of an epidemic is dependent on how early the outbreak is identified and how effectively specific control measures are applied. The epidemiological impact of the outbreak control measures can be expected to be significant only if these measures are applied in time. Scarce resources are often wasted in undertaking such measures after the outbreak has already peaked and the outcome of such measures in limiting the spread of the outbreak and in reducing the number of cases and deaths is negligible. 

In order to strengthen the above objective of IDSP, TARU started designing and implementing a support mechanism for urban public health workers/managers to help collect the disease occurrence data and monitor to take action on near real time basis. At present, the time taken for public health workers/managers to collect, transfer and process disease data consumes major part of their time leaving little or no time for analysis and action. Further the turnaround time for data to be collected and collated is more than a week thereby incapacitating the managers in taking timely actions to disease outbreak and preventing epidemics. 

 

 

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31MAR
2015
Report: US Department of Health and Human Services: "Primary protection: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate"
Category: Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News

A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services in the US, lays our guidelines for the health sector to increase its resilience to climate impacts. The White House has called climate change ‘a serious risk to public health’ and warns that steps will need to be taken to adapt to increased risks of extreme weather and sea level rise, among other things.

 

 

 

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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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28MAR
2014
Report: CDP / Acclimatise: Climate Change Resilience in Europe: A snapshot of the private sector
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The CDP report “Climate Change Resilience in Europe” provides actionable insight for businesses and serves as an invaluable tool to facilitate informed decision making by business leaders, governments and policy makers across Europe.

The report’s key findings include:

- Businesses identify two climate risks by climate change for every one opportunity (responding companies identified 780 risks compared to 379 opportunities).

- The most anticipated risk companies cite is a reduction or disruption in production capacity (32% of all reported risks).

- Two in five companies anticipate increased demand for existing goods and services (43% of all reported opportunities). One in five expect new products or services to be profitable in a changing climate (18% of all reported opportunities).

- Risks are perceived differently across sectors, with financial companies accounting for nearly one third of all critical risks mentioned in the survey (33%), followed by consumer discretionary companies (25%).

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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: 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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09AUG
2013
Report: Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience: "Building our Nation’s Resilience to Natural Disasters"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities today released a White Paper that calls for a more comprehensive approach to managing natural disasters. The call comes as climate-driven extreme weather events are rising in Australasia, costing lives, causing significant damage to property and infrastructure, and necessitating large quantities of public finances to support relief efforts. The ‘Building our Nation’s Resilience to Natural Disasters’ report forecasts that cost of natural disasters in Australia to rise from AUS$ 6.3 billion a year currently to around AUS$ 23 billion a year in 2050 as population density increases and the severity and frequency of storms, floods, cyclones and bushfires grow.

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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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10APR
2013
Case study: TARU Leading Edge: Urban Health and Climate Change Resilience Centre
Category: Health & Pharmaceuticals

Background: Urban Health is a new arena in India as well as other developing nations on the other hand these countries are rapidly urbanizing. Climate Change is likely to pausing more serious challenges in urban area. There is an urgent need to research and document Urban Health and Climate Resilience challenges and solutions as well as to design appropriate need based trainings and network of the institutions to strengthen and spread the evidence based knowledge and skill. While the situation of urban health has been attracting little attention, the health department within Surat Municipal Corporation has been continuously improving their systems since 1990’s.

Surat city with 4.4 million populations (Census 2011) ranks 2nd in Gujarat state and 12th in India as the most populous city. Surat one of the few clean cities of India has earned several awards for initiatives in urban development, urban health, and urban environment. Today city claims to have a model urban health administration and service infrastructure.

As a response to the emerging need of urban health and climate resilience, the history of Surat with respect to its health systems qualifies it be an ideal location for the establishment of the centre in India.

Objective: Establishing an Urban Health and Climate Resilience Centre which could help Surat and other municipalities to improve their urban health management through evidence-based research, improved surveillance, and the development of operating procedures among city lifeline services departments. 

 

 

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29JAN
2013
Report: CDP: "Reducing risk and driving business value"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

In 2012, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) conducted its fifth annual information request for member companies and their suppliers. Companies that responded indicated that they are more aware than ever of the considerable risks that climate change poses to their global supply chains.

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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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16OCT
2012
Report: Health Protection Agency: Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK 2012
Category: Latest News, Health & Pharmaceuticals

A new study funded by the UK Department of Health has warned that businesses should take action to adapt to a large number of climate-related health impacts. Overheads are set to rise as increased morality rates from climatic events such as heatwaves increase and productivity levels fall due to many factors including a prolonged hayfever season.

The authors are Soriris Vardoulakis and Clare Heaviside (Eds.)

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19SEP
2012
Report: CDP: 'Business resilience in an uncertain, resource-constrained world'
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The Global 500 report surveyed the world’s largest public corporations, on behalf of 655 institutional investors that control over US$78 trillion in assets, and asked them to report on their climate risk and adaptation strategies. After the hottest summer on record in the US, wildfires across Russia and severe flooding in the UK, Japan and Thailand; 81% of reporting companies identify physical risk from climate change with 37% perceiving these risks as a ‘real and present danger’ to their businesses, up from just 10% in 2010.

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05SEP
2012
Article: Emerging Vibrio risk at high latitudes in response to ocean warming
Category: Latest News, Health & Pharmaceuticals

Published in Nature Climate Change this research by a group of scientists from the UK, Finland, Spain and the U.S. provides strong evidence that climate change is driving the emergence of Vibrio disease in temperate regions. Marine Vibrios are an important group of pathogens that can cause seafood associated gastroenteritis or septicaemia illness through wound infections, which may occasionally be fatal.

Baker-Austin, C., Trinanes, J.A., Taylor, N.G.H., Hartnell, R., Siitonen, A. and Martinez-Urtaza, J. (2012). Emerging Vibrio risk at high latitudes in response to ocean warming. Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate1628

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11JUN
2012
Report: Calvert Investments, Ceres and Oxfam America "Physical risks from climate change: A guide for companies and investors on disclosure and management of climate impacts
Category: Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

It is unsurprising that as climate risk becomes an increasingly important factor in investment decisions, calls for companies to disclose their climate risk exposure and management strategies are growing. Part of the problem has been establishing blueprint that businesses can use to ensure they collect and disclose the right information. A new report released last week by Calvert Investments, Ceres and Oxfam America seeks to address this issue, providing a practical guide on disclosing climate risk.

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29MAY
2012
Report: IBLF, “The Business of Adapting to Climate Change: A Call to Action”
Category: Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report from the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) calls on businesses to make climate change adaptation a business priority. The report “The Business of Adapting to Climate Change: A Call to Action” not only urges companies across many business sectors to engage with climate change but offers a framework to guide business engagement with adaptation.

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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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30APR
2012
Report: NRT: "Facing the Elements: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate: Advisory Report"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The Canadian government’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT) has released the final report in its 'Facing the Elements' series of three reports that explore how businesses are adapting to climate impacts.

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30APR
2012
Report: NRT: "Facing the Elements: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate: Business Primer"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The Canadian government’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRT) has released the second in a series of three reports that explore how businesses are adapting to climate impacts.

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30JAN
2012
Report: CDKN, ‘Caribbean Regional Research Diagnostic’
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Energy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Water & Sanitation

The ‘Caribbean Regional Research Diagnostic’ and authored by Acclimatise, supports the delivery of the Implementation Plan for the ‘Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change’ by documenting the knowledge gaps and information required and by providing an assessment of the region’s research capacity.

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