climate risk

COP Out: What If There's No Deal in Paris?

December 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

The start of the COP21 climate talks on Monday mark the end of the beginning for global climate action: a decisive step forward. Or, to put a more pessimistic slant on it, the beginning of the end of a stable climate. But do we have reason to be that pessimistic?[read more]

Building Climate-Resilient Communities with State Revolving Funds

July 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Resiliency and State Funding

Water and wastewater infrastructure systems play a vital role in our daily lives. Without these critical systems, life as we know it would not be possible. Yet much of this infrastructure is outdated, under-maintained, and in desperate need of repair.[read more]

"We Don't Know What Normal is Anymore": Confronting Extreme Weather on US Farms

May 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Extreme Weather and Farms

Matt Russell has seen strange weather before. As a fifth-generation Iowa farmer, he’s used to being at the whims of the skies. But ominous changes are underway at his Coyote Run Farm, and lately, he’s been trying to cope with “the wrong weather at the wrong time.”[read more]

Why Richard Tol is Wrong about the IPCC

April 2, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

“It’s pretty damn obvious there are positive impacts of climate change,” Reuters reports Professor Richard Tol saying on his way to disassociating from the IPCC report that he helped to author. Tol is an economist, not a scientist. His expression of risk is reflective of the flaws in economic thinking.[read more]

Groundhog Decade: We're Stuck In A Movie Where It's Always The Hottest Decade On Record

February 6, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Hottest Decades

If we keep listening to the anti-science, pro-pollution crowd and their enablers, then eventually people aren’t going to go through this elaborate charade of wondering whether some large rodent in Pennsylvania can predict the weather — the forecast will always be the same, “bloody hot."[read more]

Survey Lists the Best and Worst Financial Funds When it Comes to Climate Change Risk

December 13, 2013 by Kevin Grandia

A new survey released recently finds that many major institutional investors, like retirement funds and insurance companies, are putting their investments (read: your money) at risk by not addressing the negative financial impacts posed by climate change and atmospheric disruption.[read more]

Inequity: Energy Risk and the Future

November 8, 2013 by Jim Baird

If you were to awaken tomorrow morning to find a shattered and empty piggy bank on your preschooler’s bedroom floor, there would probably be hell to pay. Why then the dead silence when it comes to their environmental and economic futures?[read more]

Science, risk management or just politics?

February 3, 2012 by David Hone

An opinion piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal (Europe) on Tuesday (a few days earlier in the USA) presented the views of sixteen scientists on the issue of climate change under the heading “No Need to Panic About Global Warming“. Unfortunately there isn’t much in the way of science discussed and the reality of the policy world is very different from the story they have written.[read more]

Insurers and Climate Risk

September 2, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

Climate Risk Disclosure by Insurers: Evaluating Insurer Responses to the NAIC Climate Disclosure Survey: This report documents this powerful industry’s sluggish and uneven response to the ever-increasing ripples from global climate change, which could undermine both its own financial viability and the stability of the larger global economy. With the world still reeling from the devastating impacts of an economic crisis triggered by hidden risks in the banking sector, we can ill afford a new problem triggered by hidden risks in another.[read more]