climate change service Articles

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • Regional climate change and adaptation

    Spanning the centre of continental Europe, the Alps play a crucial role in accumulating and supplying water to the continent. Recognised as the 'water towers of Europe', the mountains host most of the headwaters of the rivers Danube, Rhine, Po and Rhone; as such, they deliver vital ecosystem services both within and beyond the region, underpinning social and economic wellbeing in vast lowland ...

  • Adapting to climate change

    This assessment addresses climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation (1). Global climate observations, science and physical impacts as well as mitigation — the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions — are covered in separate analyses (2). To achieve the EU's objective of limiting the global temperature increase to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, global GHG emissions need ...

  • Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe

    Climate change threatens to compromise transport services that are indispensable for Europe's economy and society Transport remains a critical support system for the smooth functioning of our societies and economies. It facilitates accessibility of services that are vital for business and for the quality of life of citizens. It also enables economic growth and job creation. Gradual ...

  • Climate change and the US energy sector

    As President Obama emphasized in his speech at Georgetown University in June 2013, climate change is happening. It is here, it is now, and as Obama warned, “Our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind.” But what are these effects? The President reels off examples: sea levels in New York harbour increasing by a foot in depth over the past century, ...

  • Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe

    Climate change — the risk to cities and Europe Climate change is happening, projected to continue and poses serious challenges for cities. Extreme weather events resulting in hazards such as heatwaves, floods and droughts are expected to happen more frequently in many parts of Europe. The impacts are stark: flooding can damage or wash away homes, businesses and ...

  • Climate change a threat to sewage systems

    Many cities could face problems with their sewage in the future. A research study for Stockholm shows that a change in precipitation, combined with a population increase, could bring disruptions as early as the middle of the century. Climate change could put more pressure on the sewage systems in the future. Climate scenarios indicate critical factors such as increased volumes of rain and rising ...

  • Climate change vulnerability and resilience of water, sanitation, and hygiene services: a theoretical perspective

    In this paper we outline different theoretical approaches, namely outcome vulnerability, contextual vulnerability, and resilience, for addressing climate change effects in the context of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services. We analysed how these three approaches were employed in the WASH-climate change nexus literature, and discuss the implications for WASH research, policy, and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The economics of climate change: an overview of the Stern review

    The most comprehensive review ever carried out on the economics of climate change was commissioned by the UK Chancellor in July 2005. It was been carried out by Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the Government Economic Service and former World Bank Chief Economist. Most press coverage has highlighted the catastrophic implications of not acting to reduce greenhouse gases. But, in fact, the conclusion of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nigeria `must close climate change communication gap`

    Nigeria must close a "communication gap" to ensure that vital information on climate change-related events reaches all those who could use it to help minimise their impact, the head of the country's meteorological body has warned. Speaking at the yearly meeting of the African Science Academies, held ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Can nature help reduce the impacts of climate change?

    Building and managing a well-planned network of natural areas might provide an effective and, in many cases, cheaper solution for coping with natural disasters such as floods or landslides. A new report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) explores how ‘green infrastructure’ can help Europe prepare for and reduce the loss from weather- and climate-related hazards. ...

  • Climate Change & the Financial Services Industry - Module 2 - A Blueprint for Action

    Scientific and technical reports present compelling evidence that human-induced climate change is upon us, and that its consequences could be devastating. Worldwide economic losses due to natural disasters appear to be doubling every ten years, and have reached almost $1 trillion over the past 15 years. If current trends persist, the annual loss amounts will, within the next decade, come close to ...


  • 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

  • Adapting to climate change: the private sector’s role

    Adapting to the impacts of climate change—like heat waves, increased floods, and natural disasters—is an enormous challenge. It’s also one that comes with an enormous price tag. Although it’s difficult to calculate the extent of the costs, the World Bank ...

  • Impacts of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms

    Climate change has been occurring naturally as well as caused by anthropogenic activities over the decades. In relation to the fresh and marine water, the concentration of greenhouse gases results in temperature rise of surface water, lower pH and changes to precipitation, evaporation and vertical mixing of water. All these consequences of changing the environment in combination with excessive ...


    By LG Sonic

  • The Missing Link: Droughts, the Economy and Climate Change

    The effects of the vast drought afflicting America’s farm belt are rippling across the economy. Major companies apparently feeling the heat from rising crop prices include McDonald’s, Smithfield Foods and Arthur Daniels Midland, which processes agricultural commodities. More than half of ...

  • 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

  • Regional climate change and adaptation — the alps facing the challenge of changing water resources

    Executive summary Vulnerability of the Alps to climate change Spanning the centre of continental Europe, the Alps play a crucial role in accumulating and supplying water to the continent. Recognised as the "water towers of Europe", the mountains host most of the headwaters of the rivers Danube, Rhine, Po and Rhone; as such, they deliver vital ecosystem services ...

  • 2005 Changing Climate: Canadian Meteorological Employment

    Recognizing the importance of quality meteorological services and information for Canadian industries and individuals, ECO Canada designed this study to determine the current and future human resource needs of the meteorological sector in Canada. In addition to the traditional meteorological sector, the study explored a wide range of allied business sectors, including transportation, ...


    By ECO Canada

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