climate change professional Articles

  • Answering climate change skeptics

    Occasionally, when I tell people at a professional or social event that I am a climate change engineer, I get scorn – from climate change skeptics. Perhaps you’ve met such people, too, when you identify yourself as working in the environmental or sustainability area. I divide such people into 2 groups: those idealistically anti-climate change or the environment and those who are ...


  • Climate Change and Wealth Creation

    Sir Richard Branson, Chair of the Virgin Group of companies, was once quoted as saying “Climate Change is the biggest wealth creating opportunity of our generation”. He is probably right. Every environmental problem, challenge or risk factor carries with it the potential for solutions, and those solutions often have the makings of a business opportunity. That is ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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

  • Water Loss management will be critical to climate change adaptation

    Water loss management is one of the most important issues facing water suppliers around the world. The Sustainable Development Goals have made poverty alleviation and access to safe drinking water a political priority. Targets on providing safe drinking water as a basic human right aim to ensure everyone can access a safe water supply. Unfortunately, the reality is that many of the most ...

  • 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 ...


  • Competences for climate change education in a virtual mobility setting

    Students, citizens and professional practitioners have significant roles in addressing climate change issues. This requires additional competences over and above disciplinary scientific knowledge and related technical skills. This paper introduces two innovative, complementary competences in relation to climate change education, i.e., 'transboundary' and 'intervention' competences. The authors ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Joint action on climate change: Key resources

    Who’s linking climate change, development, and disaster reduction? Ilan Kelman rounds up vital sources and voices. Many useful and mainly free online resources reflect the links amongst climate change, development and disaster risk reduction — the following are some key organisations and documents. Focus on climate change ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • A century of professionalism – with more to come

    I consider myself very fortunate. I have had the privilege to work with colleagues in the Energy Institute, and those Institutes that have gone before, for the last 21 years. For 15 of those years I have led the charge, together with the able guidance of both the Trustees and the wider membership. For the first decade I was probably most frustrated by the lack of interest that almost everyone ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Climate change adaptation in British Columbia communities: lessons for planners

    The purpose of this paper is to explore community adaptation to climate change. We illustrate how a workshop format can be used to raise awareness about the need for adaptation in communities and to engage planners in finding solutions. Professionals can no longer rely on the past as a proxy for the future. Communities will have to become more resilient to an uncertain future, and planners must ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sir David King: `Climate change is the biggest opportunity of our age`

    In his lecture as the 2016 recipient of the Energy Institute (EI)'s Melchett Award, Sir David King FRS HonFEI, Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, professed the importance of clean energy innovation in tackling the challenge of climate change. Addressing more than 230 energy professionals in London, Sir David outlined the UK’s current commitments regarding energy ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • National survey of Canada’s infrastructure engineers about climate change

    Introduction This independent survey was aimed at Canada’s professional engineers, and was conducted between April and June of 2007 by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Areas of investigationThe survey looks at Climate Change issues that are related to four broad categories of built infrastructure: Buildings Energy Transportation ...


    By CSA Standards

  • Social and ecological responses to climate change: towards an integrative understanding

    A literature review and a survey of professionals whose work deals with climate change indicate that more is known and considered certain by the natural science community concerning responses of natural systems to climate change. There is less of a consensus among social scientists that social systems are directly responding to climate change. The emphasis in the literature on policy and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Embracing uncertainty in freshwater climate change adaptation: A natural history approach

    Climate shifts are not new in the experience of humans and other species, but the capacity of potential evolutionary and ecological responses to climate change has been reduced through widespread human modifications of natural ecosystems. The magnitude, duration and timescales of altered climate threats require multigenerational strategies for climate change adaptation. In many places terrestrial ...

  • How infoWorks ICM can assist in preparing for a changing climate

    Governments around the world seeing the effects of major climate events, such as the 2011 Japanese earthquake and following tsunami, have rightly taken a new look at the risks faced by their infrastructure. In May 2011, the UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) released a report on preparing key national infrastructure for climate change* whose recommendations put the ...


    By Innovyze

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

    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 and entire ...


  • Climate change, the new industrial policies and the ways out of the crisis

    At its meeting in Stockholm on 20 - 21 Ocotber 2009, the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) adopted a Resolution on Climate change, new industrial policies and the ways out of the crisis. Weeks before the negotiations in Copenhagen on an international framework on the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, we find ourselves confronted by three ...

  • Presidents’ reflections 100 – A century of energy professionalism

    1. In May 1978, I chaired the AGM which saw  members sensibly approve the motion that the  name of the Institute of Fuel be changed to the  Institute of Energy, despite strong resistance  from the “old guard” members of Council. My  period in office coincided with the “Winter of  Discontent” and the run-up to the May 1979  election, which ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • The lived experience of climate change: expanding the knowledge base through collaborative Master's curriculum in the European Union

    Climate change is a complex, real–world, defining challenge of our times where relevant knowledge and action are not confined to the epistemological foundations of any single academic discipline, although many such disciplines can and do contribute. Climate change education, therefore, requires a holistic approach which brings together different academic disciplines. This paper further argues, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The lived experience of climate change: expanding the knowledge base through collaborative Master`s curriculum in the European Union

    Climate change is a complex, real-world, defining challenge of our times where relevant knowledge and action are not confined to the epistemological foundations of any single academic discipline, although many such disciplines can and do contribute. Climate change education, therefore, requires a holistic approach which brings together different academic disciplines. This paper further argues, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Enhancing online climate change education: distance and conventional university collaboration for a Master's curriculum

    This paper analyses the different ways in which both distance and conventional universities engage with learning and teaching. It argues that rather than seeing their roles as institutionally compartmentalised, there is much benefit in delivering online education through an institutional collaboration which develops synergies with a potential to contribute to citizen and professional practitioner ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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