2019 picks from the Acclimatise article archive – Climate impacts and extreme events

2019 picks from the Acclimatise article archive – Climate impacts and extreme events

By Acclimatise News

Our sixth and final article of top picks from our 2019 article archive features six articles related to climate impacts and extreme events.

Scientists have been saying it for a while – weather events are likely to grow more extreme as the climate changes. In fact, there is evidence that the frequency of some types of extremes have changed – particularly warm temperatures and heavy rainfall events. Extreme weather events have severe impacts on society and ecosystems in our current climate, posing significant disruption to the lives of the poor through the disruption of food availability, displacement, and associated health risks. 

To strengthen resilience and better recover from extreme weather events, it is important that vulnerable areas take the proper steps in adopting adaptation measures and building climate resilience. For over fifteen years, Acclimatise has provided world-leading advisory services, helping corporates, investors and governments integrate climate change risk into their business processes and build resilience.  

This New Climate – Episode 2: Running dry – Dealing with water scarcity

By Acclimatise News

In the second episode of This New Climate, host Will Bugler explores why it is so difficult to manage water resources and presents Water2Invest – a new tool that helps decision makers make smarter choices about managing water supply and demand. Water2Invest, aims to help decision makers to take the right choices when investing in solutions to tackle water scarcity, potentially providing a powerful new tool to help tackle this crisis.

Listen to the podcast here.

Asia’s water supplies threatened by melting glaciers

By Acclimatise News

The ‘third pole’, encompassing the Himalaya-Hindu Kush mountain range and the Tibetan Plateau, is the planet’s largest reservoir of ice and snow after the Arctic and Antarctic. In recent decades, this vital area has faced increasing risk from climate change. For the past 50 years, glaciers in the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau have been shrinking with the Tian mountains having already lost one quarter of their mass.

Read the full article here.

Climate change to cause havoc with Mediterranean water resources says European Commission

By Acclimatise News

The Mediterranean will face mounting challenges to manage its water supplies as climate change drives droughts and floods according to a report by the European Commission. The report, which focusses on the effects of 2˚C of warming, indicates that there is likely to be a divide between central and northern Europe, which can expect more rainfall overall, and the Mediterranean which will suffer drought.

Read the full article here.

From droughts to floods: the cost of climate change for India continues to mount

By Devika Singh

India is one of the most climate vulnerable countries on Earth. A land of such diverse topography and microclimates, it is exposed to a wide spectrum of climate risks. The seemingly endless oscillation from extreme heat and drought to extreme rain and floods, has left the country counting the cost of climate change in lost lives, livelihoods and in dollars.

Read the full article here.

The flooding emergency in Northern England is a policy failure not a freak of nature

By Will Bugler

In 2012, Acclimatise led the work for part of the UK Government’s own Climate Change Risk Assessment and identified flooding as a top risk for each of the sectors analysed in the report. Five years later in 2017, the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report presented evidence that climate change may lead to increased risks from flooding. Despite these repeated warning, government action on flooding has been piecemeal.

Read the full article here.

More than half the world could see ‘record-setting heat’ every year by 2100

By Sophie Turner

Research published in 2019 in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that more than half of the world could see new temperature records set in every single year by the end of the century if global gas emissions are not reduced. These findings reinforce the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the importance of adapting to and preparing for unprecedented temperatures over the coming decades.

Read the full article here.


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