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The Collider announces Climate City Expo

The Collider announces Climate City Expo

From 29 March – 7 April 2019, The Collider will host the Climate City Expo in Asheville, NC.

Climate City Expo (CCx) is a 10-day celebration of Asheville’s creativity and commitment to climate change awareness and action. The city’s climate-conscious ethos attracts entrepreneurs, chefs, builders, brewers, artists, and companies large and small. They come for the elevated quality of life and the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They contribute to a culture deeply connected to nature. They generate solutions that can inspire the world.

Exploring innovative climate solutions & business opportunities

Ensuring humanity’s future in a changing climate presents unique challenges and opportunities to drive innovation. CCx Business, from 2-3 April, is a cross-industry conference that convenes business executives, entrepreneurs, climate scientists, investors, and many more to explore solutions at the leading edge of climate resilience.

Liza Schillo, Global Product Sustainability Manager at Levi Strauss & Co said “At [CCx] I was given the rare opportunity to exchange ideas with professionals in the academic, governmental, and non-profit sectors.  Collaboration with a diversity of backgrounds and a unity of vision is a critical driver toward sustained, positive impact- [CCx] fosters that conversation.”

Register for CCx Business now to get 50% off. Tickets are limited. Register here.

Additional CCx tracks & NextGen event

Available to everyone, CCx features five additional tracks that highlight the multitude of ways Asheville is rising to the challenge of climate change:

  • Luminaries: Hear from visionary leaders who have made environmental action and a commitment to science lifelong callings.
  • Arts: Experience works of art – across numerous medium – that evoke deeply visceral experiences of our changing climate.
  • Eats: Taste the best of Asheville’s culinary scene prepared by climate conscious chefs, artisans, and brewers.
  • Learn: Explore the dynamic relationships between climate change and communities through exhibits, talks, and activities.
  • Faith: Engage with faith communities to explore connections among religion, spirituality, and climate change.

Additionally, CCx NextGen, a one-day interactive conference, will connect two- and four-year undergraduate students with leading climate professionals to gain exclusive insights into this growing field, explore climate resilience practices, and pitch their own solutions.

About The Collider: Innovative climate solutions must be grounded in the best science and speak the language of business. But every day, businesses, and communities are making billions of dollars of decisions without this vital information. That’s where the Collider comes in. Headquartered in “Climate City” — Asheville, North Carolina, USA — The Collider is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that exists to bring together diverse expertise and stimulate a new industry: climate products and services. Acclimatise is an inaugural member of The Collider.

The Irma Diaries European Speaking Tour: 17-25 September

The Irma Diaries European Speaking Tour: 17-25 September

Angela Burnett, author of The Irma Diaries: Compelling Survivor Stories from The Virgin Islands will be touring the UK and Belgium from 17-25 September to share the stories she collected from survivors of Hurricane Irma. Readings from her book will take audiences deep inside the strongest hurricane at time of landfall in Atlantic history.

Angela has served as the Climate Change Officer for the British Virgin Islands for the past 10 years and has been involved in vulnerability assessments, policy development, adaptation projects and sustainable climate financing. She will engage audiences in discussions around recovery, the future of islands in the face of climate change and creative mechanisms for accelerating global climate action.

To purchase The Irma Diaries, click here.

50% of all profits go to recovery and resilience building: ​25% to The Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund and 25% to survivors

Listen to Acclimatise’s podcast with Angela Burnett speaking about living at the frontlines of climate change and her experience with Hurricane Irma:

Speaking schedule

Mon 17th Sep 12:30 – 14:00, Lunchtime Conference, External Cooperation Infopoint hosted by the European Commission, Rue de la Loi 43-45, Ground floor, Brussels

Mon 17th Sep 17:30 – 19:30, Presentation and Discussion hosted by the Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States, Rue de Livourne 42, 1000, Brussels

Tues 18th Sep 18:00 p.m. Reception – readings and book signing hosted by BVI London Office, Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London

Thurs 20th Sep 9:30 – 11:30 Press Briefing – IPCC 1.5°C Report (for release Oct 2018) hosted by CAN Europe, Mundo B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050, Ixelles

Announcement of the People’s Climate Case and raise attention to the need to increase the EU 2030 target in line with keeping temperature raise to 1.5°C. Speakers:

  • Angela Burnett
  • Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Professor of climate and environmental sciences at Université catholique de Louvain, former Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Armando Carvalho, plaintiff of the People’s Climate Case, who lost his forested land during the forest fires in 2017
  • Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe

Thurs 20th Sep 14:00, Debate: The role of climate litigation in supporting the objectives of the Paris Agreement hosted by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and Université Saint-Louis Université Saint Louis, Brussels; Topics:

  • Scientific aspects of the 1.5°C temperature rise limit enshrined in the Paris Agreement: Why is it necessary to limit warming to 1.5°C? What will it take to stay below this threshold? Testimonies about the already existing impacts of climate change in different geographies
  • Some examples of climate litigation actions, including the People’s Climate Case, a litigation action initiated by 10 families (including young children) from Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, Romania, Kenya, Fiji, and the Saami Youth Association Sáminuorra
  • the EU’s response to climate change: given the urgency of the climate crisis and to fully implement the Paris Agreement, the EU needs to make significant further efforts to fight climate change, over and above the already taken commitments.

Fri 21st Sep 12:30 – 14:30, Luncheon talk hosted by National Centre for Development Cooperation, Belgium (CNCD-11.11.11) Quai du Commerce 9, 1000 Brussels

Tue 25th Sep 18:00 – 20:00 Lecture and reception hosted by Centre for Integrated Caribbean Research, Institute of Latin American Studies School of Advanced Study, University of London in collaboration with the British Library, The Senate Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Learn more about the book and hear extracts from the survivors’ stories here.

Only a few days to go until Flood Expo opens its doors in Birmingham

Only a few days to go until Flood Expo opens its doors in Birmingham

Taking place at The NEC, Birmingham on the 12th and 13th September, The Flood Expo is right around the corner. Tickets are running low and we don’t want you to miss out on one of the biggest flood resilience, mitigation and rescue exhibitions to take place in the UK this year. It’s not too late to register your ticket!

With an unparalleled line up of 150 innovative exhibitors and 100 expert-led seminars hosted by the likes of Ina Lambert of the United Nations, Mary Dhonau, Simon Crowther, plus an unmissable panel session delivered by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, the agenda is second to none.

Take a look at the website for full information about speakers, demonstrations and the full list of exhibitors.

Register your free tickets now before they run out!

Cover photo by Prysm Group, used with permission.
Final stakeholder meeting of H2020 projects MARCO and EU-MACS

Final stakeholder meeting of H2020 projects MARCO and EU-MACS

Join the MARCO & EU-MACS consortia on 28 September for the last stakeholder meeting of the sister projects at the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt, 5 Ella-Trebe-Straße, 10557 Berlin, Germany.

The market of climate services currently remains in its infancy: current strategies face knowledge and visibility gaps, while the associated economic benefits to users are either unknown or uncertain.

The Horizon2020 projects MARCO and EU-MACS are particularly meant for analysing the current state of affairs regarding the uptake of climate services, assess the development prospects, and propose remedies so as to promote a significant larger utilization of the development and use potential of climate services.

The MARCO project focuses on the evaluation of current and future market size, as well as on the requirements and benefits of a market observatory on climate services. On the other hand the EU-MACS project focuses on obstacles, drivers, and opportunities affecting the uptake of climate services as well as the development and supply of climate services.

During this final stakeholder meeting for users and providers of climate services, attendants will learn all about the projects’ main findings and messages and can meet our experts, discover research results and learn about useful tools in person.

Click here to register.

Preliminary Agenda

09.00-09.10: Welcome from the project coordinators Adriaan Perrels, FMI, & Thanh-Tam Le, Climate-KIC

09.10-09.40: Highlights from MARCO & EU-MACS

09.40-10.00: Questions & Answers

10.00-11.10: How to position and profile your climate services products, Patrizia Pawelek, UnternehmerTUM

11.10-11.30: Coffee Break

11.30-12.40: Matching user needs and climate service offers (LGI)

12.40-13.30: Lunch (Buffet on site) + ‘exchange ideas / try the tools / challenge solutions’

13.30-14.30: Panel Discussion on how to enhance take-up and use of climate services and create a viable climate services market? Panelists: users, service providers, service developers, policy makers

14.30-14.45: Coffee Break

14.45-16.00: Shaping the future of the market for climate services – what are the critical success factors?

  • short presentations on selected topics
  • pitches from the participants
  • plenary discussion

16.00-16.15: Conclusions, Adriaan Perrels & Thanh-Tam Le

Cover photo by Mathias Arlund on Unsplash
Scientists link summer of extreme weather to climate change

Scientists link summer of extreme weather to climate change

By Georgina Wade    

This summer’s severe weather has been one for the record books, with countries across the world facing extremely high temperatures. The heatwave across the northern hemisphere, has seen wildfires in the Arctic Circle and prolonged heat across the UK and Europe. In London, rising temperatures have forced Mayor Sadiq Khan to trigger a high pollution warning as forecasters predict the mercury could reach 37˚C by the end of the month.

In southern Europe, fierce blazes have devastated parts of Greece, resulting in a multitude of deaths. Japan has also declared a natural disaster, as high temperatures have lead to thousands being admitted to hospital with heat stroke. Africa recently recorded its highest reliably measured temperature in modern history: 124.3 degrees (51.3 Celsius) in Algeria.

A map from Copernicus Climate Change Services revealed just how bad the situation is with every continent shown to be experiencing above average temperatures for July.

Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and Columbia University recently revealed that the average surface temperature on Earth between January and June this year was the third hottest half-year on record since 1880 with the last four years – 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 – taking the top four spots for the hottest-recorded half-year periods ever documented.

“When a record is broken once, it’s a fluke. When it happens again, it’s a coincidence. When it happens three times, it’s a trend, but when it happens every single year, it’s a movement,” environmental chemist Sarah Green said over an email.

The reason for all of this is uncomplicated. Greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere, largely from the burning of fossil fuels, continue to rise. Carbon dioxide levels reached 400 parts per million in 2016 and topped 411 parts per million in May of this year, the highest level in 800,000 years.

This ongoing bout of extreme weather is a direct result of this concentration increase and is set to continue. And with the World Meteorological Association calling 2018 the hottest La Niña year on record, things may well get hotter still in the years to come.

Cover photo by Skeeze/Pixabay/(public domain).
Webinar: Assessing climate-related physical risks in the banking industry – Outputs of a working group of 16 banks

Webinar: Assessing climate-related physical risks in the banking industry – Outputs of a working group of 16 banks

This webinar will discuss the results of a collaboration between sixteen of the world’s leading banks with UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and climate risk and adaptation advisory firm Acclimatise, which resulted in the new report “Navigating A New Climate”. The banks set out to develop and test a widely applicable scenario-based approach for estimating the impact of climate change on their corporate lending portfolios as recommended by the Recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

The webinar will focus on the physical-related risk and opportunities, which is the risk resulting from climate variability, extreme events and longer-term shifts in climate patterns, and constitutes the second in a two-part series publishing both the physical risk and transition risk assessment methodologies developed through the Working Group’s collaboration.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Download a copy of the ‘Navigating a new climate’ report from here.

Access the webinar recordings by clicking here.

Cover photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash (edited by Acclimatise).
2019 UK Resilience Forum to take place in September at University of Oxford

2019 UK Resilience Forum to take place in September at University of Oxford

Florida Earth is proud to announce its second international program for professionals, the UK Resilience Forum, to be held Monday, March 18, through Friday, March 22, 2019 at the University of Oxford.

Building on the format of our US-Netherlands Connection’s Professional Program (USNC Pro), the UK Resilience Forum explores British expertise in resilience using case studies and field experiences around flood risk management initiatives with a special focus on how resilience can be financed.

Operating out of historic Oxford University’s St John’s College, the delegation will have a day focused on measures to mitigate River Thames flooding through engineered and natural solutions, a visit to the world-famous HR Wallingford Physical Modeling Center and a visit to the Satellite Applications Catapult.

A registration fee of $1950 covers most meals, in-country transportation, venue and admin costs. Airfare and lodging are not included and the responsibility of the delegate.

The programme and additional information can be accessed by clicking here.

Click here for registration. 

Cover photo by Sidharth Bhatia on Unsplash.
The Collider Announces Conference On Climate Risks and Opportunities for the Food and Beverage Industry

The Collider Announces Conference On Climate Risks and Opportunities for the Food and Beverage Industry

The Collider, an innovation ecosystem for climate entrepreneurship, announced the launch of [Food + Beverage] Collider, an industry conference that convenes business leaders, data-driven entrepreneurs, and climate scientists to explore climate risks, opportunities and solutions across the business value chain. The conference will be held October 23, 2018, at The Collider in Asheville, NC. There will also be a climate data hackathon for global coffee supply on 21 October and culinary field trips on 22 October.

The food and beverage industry is uniquely susceptible to the impacts of a changing climate. Meeting the business challenge to understand the risks, adapt internal strategies, and build resilient operations across the company value chain can increase market competitiveness. Knowing what to do is increasingly about harnessing the best data – climate, environmental, and socioeconomic – to inform solutions.

Research conducted by Collider member Acclimatise reported that, “Successful businesses know how to manage supply chain risk. But an increasing number of extreme weather disasters and a changing climate heighten uncertainty and threaten old ways of doing business. Although many companies seem to be aware of the risks that climate impacts can pose on their operations, there is still a gap between understanding the materials risks posed by climate change and the strategic planning and actions required to reduce potential impact.”

The [Food + Beverage] Collider aims to help close the gap by showcasing how leading food and beverage companies identify and address climate risk, and helping attendees forecast their resilience game plans.

Collider CEO Josh Dorfman added, “This is a new kind of climate conference. It’s about addressing business risk posed by climate change and identifying opportunities to build operational resilience that can minimize disruption and enhance market competitiveness. We take the position that the climate is already changing, so the time for businesses to address their risk and take action is now.”

Topics include:

  • The future of the food and beverage industry in a changing climate
  • Using climate data to identify climate risk across the food and beverage value chain
  • The competitive advantage of becoming climate resilient
  • External drivers of climate resilient value chains
  • Building climate resilient, climate-smart agriculture
  • Solution snapshot: climate entrepreneurs showcase emerging adaptation and resilience solutions

For more information and to register for the conference visit:

To receive a 10% discount on the conference fee, subscribe to Acclimatise’s Network Updates and receive the discount code in the next newsletter.

About The Collider: Headquartered in “Climate City” — Asheville, North Carolina, USA — The Collider is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that exists to bring together diverse expertise and stimulate a new industry: climate products and services. Acclimatise is an inaugural member of The Collider. More information about The Collider is available at Follow The Collider on Facebook (@TheCollider.Asheville), Twitter (@TheColliderAVL), Instagram (@TheCollider.AVL), and LinkedIn (@TheCollider).

Only two months to go until Flood Expo opens its doors

Only two months to go until Flood Expo opens its doors

Over 4,000 flood professionals will pack out Birmingham’s NEC in September 2018 to attend the world’s largest flood resilience, mitigation and rescue exhibition and conference.

Running on the 12th & 13th, the Flood Expo will showcase the innovative products and technology helping to deal with the ever-increasing global threat of flooding – transforming Birmingham into the hub of the industry over two exciting days.

With an unparalleled lineup of 150 innovative exhibitors and 100 expert-led seminars hosted by the likes of Ina Lambert of the United Nations, Mary Dhonau, Simon Crowther, plus an unmissable panel session delivered by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, the agenda is second to none.

Alongside this, the show will host unique opportunities to network, gain one-to-one advice from industry leading experts, and access four other leading environmental exhibitions taking place on the same day: The Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo, RWM, The Contamination Series Expo and The Future Resource Expo – this year the event really will be bigger and better than ever!

Register for your free ticket for this year’s event by clicking here.

For exhibition enquiries, please contact James Berryman at 01872 218 007 or email

Cover photo by Simone Hutsch on Unsplash.
Reflections on Adaptation Futures 2018

Reflections on Adaptation Futures 2018

By Laura Canevari

This year, Adaptation Futures opened its doors in Cape Town from 18 to 21 June. As the city faced the strongest drought in decades, delegates gathered in the South African capital to discuss how climate-related problems, such as the one Cape Town is facing, can be solved and managed.

Starting on the Gold Coast in 2010, the biannual conference has been frequented by a growing and largely diverse community of individuals and organisations from around the world who are all committed to developing responses to the impacts of climate change across a wide range of themes.

During this year’s conference, strong emphasis was placed on the role of community- and network-led initiatives in Africa as well as on the role of international financing institutions bridging the adaptation-development gap.

Mobilising the private sector

Efforts to demystify international climate finance continue, and voices from the private sector were heard, expressing the need to build a stronger business case for adaptation solutions.

For example, it was made evident that in order for the private sector to invest in Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Nature Based Solutions, metrics need to be developed that help translate environmental and societal adaptation benefits into indicators of adaptive performance on which to monitor progress and success. Accordingly, we need to re-integrate the time dimension into these discussions and acknowledge that not all adaptation options are formulated to produce immediate results, and that a mix of short, medium and long-term solutions is needed.

From satellites to court rooms

On Wednesday, Acclimatise, together with Space4Climate and GEO, organised a World Café on applications of Earth observation data, collecting the efforts from 13 organizations facilitating discussions around 14 case studies on agriculture, cities, financial institutions, insurance, and health. Our combined efforts highlighted the need to combine EO data with socio-economic data in order to develop adequate narratives about the experienced impacts of climate change. A summary of the session can be found by clicking this link.

On Thursday, during a session focusing on “Resourcing Adaptation”, Acclimatise reflected on the results from two Horizon 2020 projects, MARCO and EU-MACS, noting that in order to mobilise private sector investment in adaptation, we need to develop adequate services for sectors where the demand for climate information is increasing.

In our presentation, we discussed the climate service needs of the financial and the legal sector, noting how increased attention and action on climate related legislation and litigation, as well as the emergence of voluntary and mandatory financial disclosure frameworks, have triggered an exponential increase in the need to develop climate services for these two sectors.

Consolidation and innovation: two key areas for future development

At Cape Town, the conversation remained generally vibrant across the halls and in parallel sessions, but there is scope for improvement on at least two fronts. On the one hand, future conferences under this biannual series should strive to motivate participants to consolidate knowledge emphasising the need to formulate better initiatives in the future. Last week, we saw numerous case studies showcasing “success” stories, however, mostly without in-depth analyses of adaptation-enabling factors or descriptions of the mechanisms that could be used to replicate and scale up solutions. Equally, there is still a lot of room for innovative ideas and solutions. An exploration on how other fields are innovating may help to uncover some hints on how to remain innovative in adaptation: words inundating the web such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the circular economy were missing from debates, yet they could enrich discussions around adaptation.

As noted in the opening plenary by Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General Research and Innovation, climate adaptation requires partnerships between researchers, innovators, and administrators. Partnerships that combine the experiences and skillsets of different actors are highly needed and should be framed around specific aspirations on adaptation outcomes. Efforts over the next two years should focus on nurturing these types of partnerships in order to create an enabling environment for adaptation innovation and consolidation.

Cover photo by Marlin Jackson on Unsplash.