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European Space Agency’s EO4SD climate cluster offers free webinar series on using Earth Observation to tackle climate change

The European Space Agency’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) Climate Resilience Cluster is hosting a free webinar series to provide insight about the potential of Earth Observation (EO) to support climate-resilient decision making at the regional and national scale. The seven-part series is will be hosted every Thursday at 16:00 (CEST) starting 11th June 2020. The…

Increasingly arid future faces the American West

By Tim Radford The great American West is becoming inexorably more parched, with an inescapably arid future ahead. The winter snows will be lighter, and the spring melt much earlier. The river flows will slow, in some cases to a trickle, trees will die, and catastrophic wildfires will become more frequent. Agricultural harvests will be affected,…

European Central Bank issues consultation on guidance for banks on managing and disclosing climate risks

By Robin Hamaker-Taylor On 20 May 2020, the European Central Bank (ECB) published a draft guide setting out its expectations for banks on managing and disclosing climate-related and environmental risks under the current prudential framework. The ECB wants banks to account for these risks given that they drive existing prudential risk categories and can substantially…

Understanding Physical Climate Risks and Opportunities: New practical guidance for investors launched

By Robin Hamaker-Taylor Acclimatise has led the development of a new guidance document on physical risk assessments for investors. Developed with the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), the guidance collates good practice for physical risk assessments across the stages of a typical risk assessment process. The Understanding Physical Climate Risks and Opportunities guidance…

How important is building collective intelligence to better manage systemic risks?

This is the sixth in a series of eight articles co-authored by Marc Gordon (@Marc4D_risk), UNDRR and Scott Williams (@Scott42195), building off the chapter on ‘Systemic Risk, the Sendai Framework and the 2030 Agenda’ included in the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019. These articles explore the systemic nature of risk made visible by the COVID-19 global pandemic, what needs to change and…

Press Release: 12-step technical guidance document integrates NbS into project development

The IDB, in collaboration with Acclimatise, are launching a 12-step technical guidance document to integrate NbS into project development. A fresh-off-the-press IDB technical guidance document will help LAC-based project developers prepare bankable Nature-based Solutions (NbS) projects that provide a substitute, compliment or safeguard to conventional ‘gray’ infrastructure projects. Nature based Solutions (NbS) can play a…

Adaptation Futures webinar series highlights the need to accelerate adaptation in today’s uncertain times

A new webinar series organised by Adaptation Futures focuses on the issues of accelerating adaptation in uncertain times, climate justice and health. Designed as a precursor to the Adaptation Futures 2020 conference and an additional platform to feed into the global adaptation dialogue, the three webinars saw insightful informative discussions on topical issues by leading…

As sea levels rise, are we ready to live behind giant walls?

By Hannah Cloke Climate change, it’s fair to say, is complicated. And it’s big. One of the main challenges of responding effectively is simply getting your head around the scale of the problem. This is not unique in the study of the physical world, of course. Scientists and economists spend a lot of time simplifying…

Can systemic risks ever be effectively governed?

This is the fifth in a series of eight articles co-authored by Marc Gordon (@Marc4D_risk), UNDRR and Scott Williams (@Scott42195), building off the chapter on ‘Systemic Risk, the Sendai Framework and the 2030 Agenda’ included in the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019. These articles explore the systemic nature of risk made visible by the COVID-19 global pandemic, what needs to change and…

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