Climate scientists have been looking again deep into the Earth’s history. Those past climate lessons are not reassuring. European scientists have just reached two chilling conclusions about today’s Earth by studying past climate lessons. One is that, just as the combustion of fossil fuels is dangerously warming the planet, so too the formation of those fuels turned down the planetary thermostat to
The year isn’t over yet, but we can already be sure that 2017 will be among the hottest years on record for the globe. While the global average surface temperature won’t match what we saw in 2016, it is now very likely that it will be one of the three warmest years on record, according to a statement issued by the World
While Houston is still reeling from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, it appears that one of the city’s main vulnerabilities were its vast impervious surfaces. Concrete, asphalt and various types of surface materials prevent the absorption of water into the soil, and when gallons of rain pour down on urban areas, drainage systems get saturated. Ecosystems could make a substantial contribution to
The Maldives are at the front lines of climate change. The nation is comprised of 1,200 coral islands grouped in archipelagos and atolls, and only sits about 2.5 meters above sea level. According to former president Mohamed Nasheed the Maldives are the third most at risk country to sea level rise. Facing a grave future from climate change, Nasheed created plans
The Alps are famous for their pristine slopes, which facilitate many popular winter sports, such as skiing. In fact, one third of every Euro that a tourist spends in Austria, can be traced back to tourism. However, climate change threatens the vitality of the mountainous terrain and the snow conditions that allow the snow sports to thrive. Yet, climate change
The Horizon 2020 project EU-MACS (EUropean MArket for Climate Services) is in full swing and our research is showing first results. Acclimatise and EU-MACS partner Twente University finalised a report analysing the existing climate data infrastructure, and how it may inhibit or stimulate the European climate services market. The research involved mapping and cataloguing relationships of organisations involved in the climate data infrastructure value
The overarching EU call topic of climate services market research covers two topics, which are addressed in MARCO and its sister project EU-MACS (EUropean MArket for Climate Services). EU-MACS gathers 9 partners and will make the wealth of climate information truly accessible and applicable for a large variety of potential climate service users. In cooperation with current and potential CS users, the project will develop
By investing in climate resilience businesses can unlock a ‘triple dividend’ that can protect their workforce and save money, new research suggests. Despite this, the current level of investment in climate change related disaster risk reduction is very low, leading to a stockpile of unmanaged climate risk that threatens to undermine business competitiveness.Last week a global cyber attack affected organisations
Cities are home to half of the world’s population and produce 75% of global GDP, as such municipal governments are central to building a climate resilient economy. During the COP21 climate conference last year, 400 mayors convened to discuss challenges and solutions for urban centres. It was one of the largest climate meetings for local level officials of all time.
A new alliance between the global cities network C40 and the global environmental disclosure organisations CDP, has been established to uncover investment opportunities in urban infrastructure amounting to an estimated 375 billion dollars. The announcement, by C40 Executive Director, Mark Watts came at London’s City Hall during the C40 Financing Sustainable Cities Forum hosted in conjunction with the Greater London Authority.