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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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26FEB
2014
Report: EBRD and IFC: Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Study: Turkey
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Turkey are increasingly concerned about the scale of the climate challenge facing their operations. In a country where water scarcity is a growing problem, their anxiety is not unfounded. SMEs also struggle to decide on the most effective strategies to reduce climate risk, according to a ground-breaking study, funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The study identifies opportunities for business investment to effectively manage the risks associate with climate change.

The ‘Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Study: Turkey’, identifies priority actions for Turkish businesses to increase their climate resilience. The research, undertaken by Acclimatise, Mavi Consultants and COWI, aims to help businesses identify the measures that make business sense.

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07FEB
2014
Report: University of Waterloo: 'The Future of the Winter Olympics in a Warmer World'
Category: Latest News, Tourism

According to a recently published report, memorable host cities for the Winter Olympics wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance of reliably hosting a Games in the next few decades under a changing climate.

The report by the University of Waterloo and the Management Center Innsbruck in Austria warns that climate change could leave only 6 of the 19 previous host cities in a position to host the games again by the 2080s.

 

 

 

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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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17DEC
2013
Report: Historic Environment Group: ‘Climate change and the historic environment of Wales: A summary of potential impacts’
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News, Tourism

‘Climate change and the historic environment of Wales: A summary of potential impacts’ was compiled by experts from the Historic Environment Group (HEG), and warns that a huge amount of Welsh heritage could be lost unless steps are taken to adapt to climate impacts.

The report indicates that 12,000 archeological sites are vulnerable to flooding, many of which are either near rivers or are situated near the coast and less than 1 meter above sea level. Additionally the report warns that the 18,000 sites on Wales’ extensive peat bogs are at risk from increased rates of evaporation and erosion, which can both cause severe damage.

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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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06AUG
2013
Report: Climate & Energy Action Plan of the Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley Joint Local Authority
Category: Latest News, Tourism

The Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Valley authorities introduced a climate and energy action plan, a mitigation-based course of action that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the area by 22% by 2020. As the plan acknowledges, the change in climate will have an increasingly great impact on the valley’s main economic activities.  The skiers will be forced onto higher altitude pistes as the lower slopes receive less and less snowfall. This high volume of activity is a great threat to the delicate Alpine environment and is very likely to radically transform or disrupt natural habitats, river patterns, forests and agriculture in the area. The action plan also warns of increased risk of hazards such as avalanches, floods and landslides.   

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02AUG
2013
Report: ASBC: “Climate Change Preparedness and the Small Business Sector”
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism

A new report from the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and small business advocacy group ‘Small Business Majority, has warned that small businesses in the US are especially vulnerable to climate change impacts.

According to the findings of the study, some of the characteristics that make it hard for small businesses to recover from climate driven shocks include:

  • A lack of access to capital and resources: Unlike large corporations, small businesses can suffer lasting economic damage as a result of a single extreme weather event. For example, of the 60,000 to 100,000 small businesses negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy, up to 30 percent are estimated to have failed as a direct result of the storm.

  • The high cost of downtime: The median cost of downtime from a small business affected by an extreme weather event is estimated at US$3,000 per day.

  • Concentrated assets: Small businesses’ physical assets tend to be more concentrated. A single building or factory could represent most of the book value of a small business, whereas large businesses benefit from greater geographic diversification.

  • Lack of resources to assess the risks: The majority of small businesses have not closely analyzed the potential economic losses from extreme weather events or other climate-related risks, in part due to a lack of resources to do so. In fact, 57 percent of small businesses have no disaster recovery plan, and for those small businesses that do have continuity, or risk management plans, 90 percent spend less than one day a month preparing and maintaining them.

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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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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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12NOV
2012
Report: Climate Institute: "Coming Ready or Not: Managing climate risks to Australia’s infrastructure"
Category: Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

This new report from the Climate Institute, “Coming Ready or Not: Managing climate risks to Australia’s infrastructure” synthesises recent research on the physical impacts of climate change on major infrastructure, such as electricity networks, rail and road, property and water supply.

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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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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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27JAN
2012
Report: UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) Business, Industry and Services
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Tourism, Water & Sanitation

The report acknowledged that the business, industry and services sector was one of the main drivers of the UK economy and highlighted that alongside the risks posed by climate impacts, there is an opportunity to gain significant commercial advantage by taking early action to adapt.

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