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Climate lawyers to use UN 1.5C report to sue governments

By Megan Darby A major UN science report on global warming published [last week on] Monday will bolster climate lawsuits, according to legal experts and those seeking redress for government inaction. The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sets out the difference in severity of climate impacts between 1.5C and 2C. It…

Conference at The Collider: The nexus of climate data, insurance, and adaptive capacity

From 8-9 November 2018, The Collider in Asheville, NC, is hosting an exciting conference on the nexus of climate data, insurance, and adaptive capacity. This workshop will facilitate a national, interdisciplinary scientific research discussion on modelling and managing climate change risks between three different but related research communities: the climate modelling and data community, statisticians,…

Protecting wetlands helps communities reduce damage from hurricanes and storms

By Siddharth Narayan, University of California, Santa Cruz and Michael Beck, University of California, Santa Cruz 2017 was the worst year on record for hurricane damage in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean from Harvey, Irma and Maria. We had hoped for a reprieve this year, but less than a month after Hurricane Florence devastated communities…

How do you make the financial business case for the private sector to invest in resilience?

By Climate Finance Advisors Last week’s Climate Week NYC played host to 35 official events on private investment for climate change and countless satellite gatherings, from the Sustainable Investment Forum to Climate Infrastructure. The topic has gained currency as municipal governments grapple with deferred maintenance of infrastructure, public pension liabilities, and other expenditures, ten years…

William Nordhaus wins Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for work on economics and climate change

By Elisa Jiménez Alonso On Monday 8 October, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced its decision to award William Nordhaus the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences “for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis.” Currently a faculty member of Yale University, which he joined in the late 1960s, Nordhaus has focused his research on…

New report by IPCC finds world faces huge risks if warming is not kept below 1.5C

By Elisa Jiménez Alonso The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a special landmark report on the impacts of 1.5 °C warming above pre-industrial levels. The report finds unprecedented changes would be necessary worldwide to keep warming below 1.5 °C but that it would massively decrease global climate risks. The half-degree difference…

‘Eternal’ Swiss snow is melting faster

By Paul Brown Scientists say stretches of “eternal” Swiss snow are melting faster than 20 years ago, with serious impacts for water supply and tourism. Parts of Europe’s alpine mountain chain are undergoing accelerating melting, as the “eternal” Swiss snow thaws ever faster, threatening both the skiing industry and the nation’s water supply. Over a…

Wildfires in Mediterranean Europe will increase by 40% at 1.5°C warming, say scientists

By Cristina Santin,Swansea University and Stefan H Doerr, Swansea University Europe’s Mediterranean regions have strong sunshine, bright blue seas, beautiful beaches, and pretty holiday houses immersed in pine forests that provide welcome shade. It sounds very inviting, but such a scenario is also perfect for severe wildfires such as the ones that killed 99 people…

Acclimatise CEO to speak at Eye on Earth Symposium

From 22-24 October 2018 the Eye on Earth Symposium will be held at the Mina A’Salam Hotel in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Acclimatise’s CEO John Firth will be participating remotely in a session “Application of Earth Observation data to support robust investment decisions in the face of a changing climate” together with moderator…

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