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10DEC
2015
Case study: TARU Leading Edge: Water conflicts across regions and sectors - Latur City
Category: Water & Sanitation

Indian cities are undergoing rapid urbanization and their resource footprints are growing. As the cities grow and demand for natural resources grow, they face competition and conflicts with other users in the region and hydrological basin, resulting in shortages and scarcities in cities. The climate change exacerbates these conflicts.

Water sector is one of the conflict areas for the cities. As the cities are unable to provide sufficient water, the urban users are increasingly dependent on ground water and even in normal years both municipalities as well as the residents are dependent on ground water. While there is some information on municipal use of groundwater available, the private use of ground water is still not known. The cities located in hard rock areas of the Indian peninsula have limited resources of ground water. 

 

The urbanization results in reduced infiltration due to increase in built up areas and the aquifers also get polluted by lack of sufficient sewerage systems in the core city. The natural recharge from rainfall gets reduced through increase in impervious areas, while recharge from the sewerage across the year increases and it increases pollution. In cities such as Bangalore, the core area with water supply shows raising water table, but in peripheral areas, the water table declines due to over extraction from excessive withdrawal from unserved new buildings.

The 2014 and 2015 monsoons were in deficit in significant parts of the Central India, especially Marathwada. The Marathwada region has seen two years of consecutive drought. This has impacted agricultural, industrial and domestic sectors at regional scale and water supply at City level. This has also created conflicts between city vs region, taluka vs taluka and district vs district. The Case of Latur and other cities in the Marathwada region is presented in this document to highlight these challenges and to explore options for water management across scales and sectors under urbanization and climate variability. 

 

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30SEP
2014
Book: Fred Pearce: Downstream Voices: Wetland solutions to reducing disaster risk
Category: International Development, Latest News, Water & Sanitation

The 43-page book, “Downstream Voices”, commissioned by Wetlands International and written by Fred Pearce (news editor at the New Scientist), takes the reader on a journey to three large river basins in India, Mali and Senegal where Wetlands International improves water resource management and the condition of wetlands to make communities more resilient to extreme weather events and impacts from climate change.

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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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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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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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11NOV
2013
Report: Lookman Oshodi: Flood Management and Governance Structure in Lagos, Nigeria
Category: Features, Government & Policy, International Development, Latest News, Water & Sanitation

A new paper on flood risk management for Lagos, Nigeria recommends a significant push towards decentralised governance in order to respond to more frequent and extreme flood events. The report, written by Lookman Oshodi, project Manager of the Social Housing within Urban Spaces Innovation in Lagos and member of the Acclimatise contributor's network.

The paper, divided into seven parts recognises that strengthening urban governance structures is important in order to build the resilience of a city to environmental risk. It highlights the major flood occurrences around the world in the past 13 years, summarizes the potential risks for countries in Sub Saharan Africa and gives specific examples from Lagos, Nigeria. It detailes the peculiarity of Lagos as a coastal city vulnerable to climate change and other environmental factors.

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28OCT
2013
Report: Siemens: A Toolkit for Resilient Cities: Executive Summary
Category: Energy, Features, Government & Policy, Latest News, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

Damage caused by extreme weather evetents are increasing around the globe. In 2012, the costs of such damages totalled approximately US$160 billion worldwide. To show how cities can better protect themselves against natural disasters like hurricane Sandy, Siemens prepared a study on resilient urban infrastructure. Results show that technology is a key component of resilient and efficient infrastructure protection.

 

 

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28OCT
2013
Report: Siemens: A Toolkit for Resilient Cities
Category: Energy, Features, Government & Policy, Latest News, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

It is becoming increasingly clear that cities are important arenas for climate change adaptation. Building urban resilience to climate impacts will be vital to ensure that ever-growing populations and businesses and infrastructure investments can recover from climate-driven shocks. Damage caused by extreme weather evetents are increasing around the globe. In 2012, the costs of such damages totalled approximately US$160 billion worldwide. To show how cities can better protect themselves against natural disasters like hurricane Sandy, Siemens prepared a study on resilient urban infrastructure. Results show that technology is a key component of resilient and efficient infrastructure protection.

 

 

 

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23OCT
2013
Report: Executive Summary: Union of Concerned Scientists: "Overwhelming Risk: Rethinking Flood Insurance in a World of Rising Seas"
Category: Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Water & Sanitation

Increased flooding is a significant threat to property in urban areas. Rising sea levels and more intense storm events are driving up risks to insurerers. At the same time, increasing coastal development and a growing population are putting more people and more property in harm's way. A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists in the US, has suggested that tax-payer backed insurance schemes, are disguising the true cost of climate risk and ultimately allow for development to continue in areas that would otherwise be considered too vulnerable.

The study looks specifically at the US's National Flood Insurance Program, however other similar schemes including the UK's Flood RE programme are in place. The schemes both reduce the insurance premiums of at risk properties (in the US's case through tax-payer money, while in the UK it is an industry backed scheme ultimately funded by increased premiums for those in lower-risk properties). The upshot of this is that the insurance premiums do not reflect the true risks to the properties most at risk of flooding. When major disasters strike, taxpayers and billpayers are left liable for billions of dollars in insurance claims and disaster relief. The report argues that this sort of intervention creates perverse incentives to continue to build property in at-risk areas, and that continued development of this sort will eventually make such schemes unafortable.

 

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23OCT
2013
Report: Union of Concerned Scientists: "Overwhelming Risk: Rethinking Flood Insurance in a World of Rising Seas"
Category: Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Water & Sanitation

Increased flooding is a significant threat to property in urban areas. Rising sea levels and more intense storm events are driving up risks to insurerers. At the same time, increasing coastal development and a growing population are putting more people and more property in harm's way. A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists in the US, has suggested that tax-payer backed insurance schemes, are disguising the true cost of climate risk and ultimately allow for development to continue in areas that would otherwise be considered too vulnerable.

The study looks specifically at the US's National Flood Insurance Program, however other similar schemes including the UK's Flood RE programme are in place. The schemes both reduce the insurance premiums of at risk properties (in the US's case through tax-payer money, while in the UK it is an industry backed scheme ultimately funded by increased premiums for those in lower-risk properties). The upshot of this is that the insurance premiums do not reflect the true risks to the properties most at risk of flooding. When major disasters strike, taxpayers and billpayers are left liable for billions of dollars in insurance claims and disaster relief. The report argues that this sort of intervention creates perverse incentives to continue to build property in at-risk areas, and that continued development of this sort will eventually make such schemes unafortable.

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02SEP
2013
Report: Columbia University: "Americaís Water Risk: Water Stress and Climate Variability"
Category: Latest News, Water & Sanitation

The America's Water Risk report, released by Columbia University's Water Center, in conjunction with Veolia Water and Growing Blue, reveals that businesses and cities in some of America’s most iconic regions are now under even greater risk of water scarcity. 

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15AUG
2013
Report: World Bank: "Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Features, International Development, Water & Sanitation

This report focuses on the risks of climate change to development in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and South Asia. Building on the 2012 report, "Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided", this new scientific analysis examines the likely impacts of present day, 2°C and 4°C warming on argricultural production, water resources and coastal culnerability for affected populations. It find many significant climate and development impacts are already being felt in some regions, and in some cases multiple threats of increasing extreme heat waves, sea-level rise, more severe storms, droughts and floods are expects to have further severe negative impltications for the poorest.

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09AUG
2013
Report: Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience: "Building our Nationís 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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17JUL
2013
Report: The UK Adaptation-Sub Committee: "Managing the land in a changing climate"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Features, Government & Policy, Water & Sanitation

This report, released on the 10th of July 2013 from the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change has highlighted how a changing climate presents a risk to the supply of imported goods and services from the land. The report has found that the change in climate will impact not only agricultural-economic aspects of the UK but also water supply, flooding threats and wildlife. The report has serious implications for UK-based businesses that are water intensive. The report specifically sites the agribusiness industry and the impact of water scarcity on the ability of the UK to produce food – an issue that has been discussed at a global level by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. However, many other industrial processes are threatened by the implications of the report, with many manufacturing processes using large quantities of water.

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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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06JUN
2013
Report: ICMM: "Water management in mining: a selection of case studies"
Category: Latest News, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Water & Sanitation

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released a case study report that illustrates some of the innovative ways the industry has responded to water scarcity challenges in countries around the world. It shows how some of the world's largest mining firms including Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, have implemented strategies to reduce their water use. The work provides useful insights for companies working in the extractives sector, but also for all companies working in water intensive industries. 

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01MAY
2013
Report: USGS/NOAA and others: "Coastal Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerabilities: A Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment"
Category: Features, Government & Policy, International Development, Latest News, Water & Sanitation

A new technical report released as part of the US’s 2013 National Climate Assessment warns that increased policy planning and coordination is required if coastal communities are to be prepared for the effects of climate change. The report, Coastal Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerabilities: A Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment, examines the likely climate impacts on coastal ecosystems and the human economies and communities and suggests measures to increase their resilience.

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25APR
2013
Report: European Commission/Acclimatise 'Guidelines for project managers: Making vulnerable investment climate resilient'
Category: Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Manufacturing, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The cost, size and long-lifespans of major infrastructure developments make them especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Damage from extreme weather events such as floods, high winds and extreme heat can cost large sums to repair and even more in economic losses as key infrastructure assets are forced to close. Developed by Acclimatise for the European Comission (EC), a new set of guidelines aim to integrate climate resilience into the standard project lifecycle appraisal commonly practiced by developers.

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