climate change performance Articles

  • Reflecting on the challenges and barriers of performing climate change vulnerability assessments in Scotland

    Different conceptual perspectives and analytical approaches can be pursued in the analysis of climate change vulnerability. These include top–down and bottom–up approaches which frame and assess vulnerability in different ways using different methods and tools. Bottom–up approaches tend to focus on the analysis of vulnerability at the local level by addressing local conditions and processes that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages

    No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance. For instance, we use averages to compare the current weather against the climate normals or to get a sense of how our favorite sport team or player is doing. Team (player) statistics are a concise way of combining the scores from many ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • Climate change, urbanisation and hydrological impacts

    This paper is a review of recent studies that addressed the hydrological impacts, especially on streamflow, of climate change and/or urbanisation. Articles published between 1996 and 2002 on this subject were reviewed focusing on research methods and results. The main issues addressed with regard to research methods include development of climate change and urbanisation scenarios, assessment of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Climate Change & the Financial Services Industry

    Climate change represents an unprecedented and highly complex threat to long-termeconomic interests across the spectrum of finance and insurance industry activities. TheIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has confirmed that the combined effect ofincreasingly severe climatic events and underlying socio-economic trends (such aspopulation growth and unplanned urbanization) have the potential ...


  • The business solution to the problem of climate change

    Business input is going to be very important to the success of the other climate change conference in Copenhagen in December, so I very much welcome this timely initiative to hold a World Business Summit. If you allow me, I'd like to take you back to Copenhagen in the 17 th century. From the beginning of recorded history, humans wondered why seashells and shark teeth could be found at the top of ...

  • Improving the performance of an integrated urban wastewater system under future climate change and urbanisation scenarios

    This paper presents the results of a study to investigate the performance of an integrated urban wastewater system (IUWS) consisting of a sewer system, biological wastewater treatment plant and receiving water under future climate change and urbanisation. In particular, the roles of both system operational control and (re)design were studied as means to ensure future compliance of the system ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Climate change mitigation: overview of the environmental policy instruments

    Climate variability has been observed over a long period of time and is considered a natural process occurring on Earth. Climate change, however, is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere in addition to natural phenomena. Global climate governance requires a broad area of measures and policies to be implemented worldwide to tackle ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The future of European floodplain wetlands under a changing climate

    In the future, climate change may severely alter flood patterns over large regional scales. Consequently, besides other anthropogenic factors, climate change represents a potential threat to river ecosystems. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of climate change on floodplain inundation for important floodplain wetlands in Europe and to place these results in an ecological context. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Geoengineering climate Change: Treating the symptom over the cause?

    The present article by Crutzen (2006) on the use of albedo enhancement to address the problem of greenhouse warming is bound to evoke diverse reactions among the community. It is important to note that Crutzen argues that this idea be studied in depth and openly before any large scale action is taken. A basic assumption to this approach is that we, humans, understand the Earth system sufficiently ...


    By Springer

  • Value at Risk: Climate Change and the Future of Governance

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Climate change is rapidly becoming one of the core challenges of the 21st century for corporate directors and institutional investors. As this report documents, in the absence of preventive and adaptive measures, multi-billion dollar financial losses are distinctly possible if not probable. As the potentially devastating economic consequences for investors, individual companies ...


  • Climate change stakeholder engagement hub - case study

    The client Defra / Halcrow / District Council IMS Consulting teamed up with Halcrow to put in a joint bid for the coastal change project. Halcrow delivers planning, design and management services for developing infrastructure and buildings worldwide. They contribute to the construction, operation and maintenance of the built environment, and the protection, enhancement and ...


    By IMS Consulting (Europe) Ltd

  • Climate change awareness in Africa and Asia `varies greatly`

    For women living in rural areas of developing countries, levels of vulnerability to climate change and the capacity to adapt to its impacts varies greatly — with some even more resilient than men, three pilot studies in Africa and Asia has revealed. Researchers found that women's abilities to cope with various ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Investment in climate change to rise in 70% of firms

    Energy reduction and stakeholders expectations amid the more important factors that drive climate change investments, reports Envido. A new survey from Ernst & Young on C-suite attitudes towards climate change shows that leading companies are taking their cues from the market by investing in climate change initiatives, reporting on their performance and leaning on their supply chains to ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Renewable energy can benefit from a changing climate

    A warmer and wetter climate may have positive feedback on renewable energy sources. Better conditions for hydropower and biomass energy can be expected. A new analysis has been performed by Nordic and Baltic researchers. The Nordic Council of Ministers has published a new report on the impacts of 21st century climate changes on the development and use of renewable energy in the Nordic and Baltic ...

  • Assessing the Impacts of the Iran Nuclear Deal on Climate Change

    Introduction On July 14, 2015, the international economic boycott levied against Iran was scheduled to conclude. In concert with the European Union and the P5+1, the Islamic Republic agreed to a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) whereby its capacity for nuclear development would be dramatically curtailed. Among other requirements, Iran is mandated, for a period of 15 years, to ...


    By Climate Institute

  • Is the U.S. Insurance Industry Prepared for Climate Change?

    Analysis of first-ever industry-wide survey finds that only 23 of 184 companies have comprehensive climate change strategies, yet some leaders are emerging. Ceres proposes recommendations to insurers and regulators to maintain insurability in a warming world. 2012 was the warmest year on record in the lower 48 states and the second most extreme weather year in United States ...


    By Ceres

  • Climate change & clean technology: from challenge to opportunity

    Over the past few years, climate change and sustainability have been catapulted to the forefront of headline news. As ongoing public pressure for improved environmental stewardship continues to mount, governments are actively pursuing legislation, including regulations, to accelerate positive change. We have already witnessed significant regulatory, policy and legal changes related to lower ...

  • How To Build Consensus for a Climate Change Program

    People who have read Environmental News for You over the last year plus know that I have been providing more solid financial and business reasons to develop a robust program, regardless of whether you call it a “Green”, Climate Change, or Sustainability. There are now many examples of companies that have directly improved their bottom line by implementing such a program. With the ...


  • Getting past the science of climate change debate

    Like many in my profession, I have grown weary of the divisive and polarized debate over the science of climate change that has been such a disruptive force in recent years. This debate is too often carried out in extremes: Either you believe, or you don't. There appears to be no middle ground. And the uncertainty about whether climate change is caused by human activity or is an unavoidable ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Adapting for a Green Economy: companies, communities and climate change

    Drawing on the results of a 2010 survey of corporate signatories to the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Environment Programme Caring for Climate initiative, as well as on existing literature, this report makes the business case for private sector adaptation to climate change in ways that build the resilience of vulnerable communities in developing countries. It then offers ...

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