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Climate change driving fungal disease that could wipe out banana crops

By Will Bugler A fungal disease that attacks banana crops is on the rise thanks to climate change, suggests new research. Black Sigatoka, also known as “black leaf streak,” has been on the move since the 1960s from Asia to areas now including the Caribbean, Latin America and most recently to parts of Florida. The…

How can the biodiversity and climate crises be tackled together?

By Natalie Sauer Ecologists have long conceived of the earth as a living organism where every plant, animal, river and cloud are interconnected. In the political sphere, however, the climate and biodiversity crises have more often than not remained solidly bunkered away from each other. That could be changing. A series of major meetings are pushing…

Compound heatwaves have double impact

By Tim Radford Be ready for climate hazard in a new form – the compound heat waves that hit you, leave you, and come back again. As the world warms, say US scientists, the risk of economically devastating, physically debilitating and potentially lethal extremes of heat will multiply, and in unexpected ways. Researchers picture a…

Video: Our changing fisheries: voices from Montserrat

By Acclimatise News A new video, “Our Changing Fisheries: Voices from Montserrat”, shines a light on the climate challenges being faced by Island nations’ fishing industries. The video, created by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), highlights climate change impacts highlighted include rough seas, changing currents and more extreme hurricanes and storms that affect ability…

Voluntary climate disclosures can reduce litigation risk

By Robin Hamaker-Taylor, Richard Bater, Nadine Coudel Climate risk disclosures are now a crucial part of the voluntary disclosure activities of many corporates and financial institutions. As these disclosures grow, questions around the extent to which they may leave disclosers exposed to litigation linger. Recent analysis from the accounting literature indicates that voluntary disclosures can…

Civil works for RISE demonstration site underway

By Joy Amor Bailey Civil works at the demonstration site for the Revitalization of Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) using a Water-sensitive Approach in Makassar, Indonesia are underway and due for completion by June 2019. The works use decentralized, green infrastructure to treat contaminated and polluted water.  Using community-driven development approaches, the RISE project is…

Actuaries rate climate change as number 1 risk in new survey

By Acclimatise News The people who are responsible for calculating insurance risks and premiums have ranked climate change as the top risk for 2019. Actuaries rated climate risk as a bigger threat to insurers than cyber-crime, financial instability, and terrorism. The survey, published by the Joint Risk Management Section, found that over a fifth of…

Investor initiative to produce new guidance on understanding physical climate risks

By Robin Hamaker-Taylor The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) has launched a new project to develop guidance for investors on how they integrate the risks and opportunities presented by the physical risks of climate change in their investment research and decision-making processes. The project will develop an IIGCC investor guide focusing on physical…

Climate risk driving increased urbanisation across Asia finds new global report

By Will Bugler The Global Report on Internal Displacement reveals that 9.6 million new displacements were recorded in East Asia and the Pacific, and 3.8 million in South Asia in 2018. The drivers of internal displacement are complex including conflict, geophysical events such as earthquakes, and increasingly, extreme weather events. The report finds that East Asia and…

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