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10
Apr

Low snow cover threatens Swiss ski resorts 

The effects of continued global warming on Alpine snow cover could have a devastating impact on Switzerland’s winter sports industry. Switzerland, one of Europe’s principal winter sports destinations, expects the impact of climate change will leave many of its mountains short of snow cover by the end of the century. The prospect illustrates the urgent need for climate scientists to

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7
Apr

ICLEI Resilient City Conference 2017

Registrations are now open for Resilient Cities 2017, the 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation taking place May 4-6, 2017. Resilient Cities 2017 will take place in Bonn, Germany and will explore current and pressing issues for urban resilience and adaptation to climate change such as climate-related health risks, internal displacement and forced migration, and risk transfer and

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5
Apr

Podcast: WMO’s Johannes Cullmann on why wastewater is the hot topic for this year’s World Water Day

Climate change impacts on water are well documented, from floods to droughts hydrological climate impacts affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world. One aspect of the issue that is, perhaps, less well reported is that of climate impacts on wastewater. In an effort to correct this, the UN has made wastewater its theme for this

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3
Apr

Planning for yesterday: Why are we building as if we live in a stationary climate?

When planners, architects and designers build major pieces of infrastructure they, very prudently, consider the impact of future extreme weather events. However as thousands of flood victims in the north of England (and millions more around the world) found out in 2015, these measures do not always prevent failure. The reason for this is that it is becoming harder and

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31
Mar

At the crossroads: A 90 trillion dollar, once-in-a-century opportunity to make the world climate resilient

We are at a US$ 90 trillion infrastructure crossroads, according to a new report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Over the next 15 years, the world will need to spend the staggering sum, more than doubling its current infrastructure stock. The scale of the challenge is huge, but offers a massive opportunity to build climate resilience

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25
Mar

Urban climate change adaptation: The design angle

A few weeks ago, we published an article highlighting the importance of urban climate change adaptation in rich countries. Today, we want to draw your attention to how a Danish landscape architecture firm is using design to build climate resilient infrastructure in Copenhagen. According to the IPCC, Denmark (among other things) will have to deal with more frequent and heavier

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21
Mar

ICAO warns of severe climate change consequences for air travel

A report recently published by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO; a United Nations specialised agency), has highlighted that climate change will have a series of consequences for air travel. Increases of in-flight turbulence, an increase of take-off problems, ice, and dust storms are all among the likelz climate change impacts aviation will have to deal with. Additionally, low-lying coastal

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17
Mar

Building a value proposition for climate and weather services

Climate change, including extreme weather events compounded by ineffective risk management systems, threaten to derail efforts to build resilient nations in Africa. Without improved weather and climate information and effective early warning systems, droughts will put livelihoods at risk, floods will wipe out infrastructure, lightning will take more lives. In Uganda for instance, many lives have been lost and properties destroyed by floods

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12
Mar

Managing the legal risk of climate change

As outlined in two of our recently published articles, the legal landscape is becoming more accepting of lawsuits related to climate change. Preparing for legal climate change risk will likely become more and more important for organisations. Public and private sector organisations involved in or interacting with the natural environment should consider implementing legal risk in their climate risk management

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8
Mar

Climate-related loss and damage: liability, compensation, and responsibility

Even though it does not feature prominently in public discourse, climate-related loss and damage has become an increasingly important topic at global climate negotiations. The simple fact is that people around the world face loss and damage from climate impacts, both now and in the future. Questions of liability and compensation for climate-related loss and damage are highly sensitive topics

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