Robust decision making - a requirement for embedding adaptation

Robust decision making - a requirement for embedding adaptation

I just presented at the IPWEA Sustainability in Public Works 2014 conference. My job was to outline the innovative methods that the City of Greater Geelong and Net Balance have implemented to respond to climate change.

Geelong has taken an interesting route, being one of the leaders in understanding and realising the benefits of embedding climate change considerations into their council operations early on in 2010. The key message of my presentation was the importance of embedding new ways of thinking and new ways of decision making to deal with climate change and the uncertainty associated with it, rather than just focusing on understanding climate and its impacts.

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Adaptation in Australia – can we remain hopeful?

Adaptation in Australia – can we remain hopeful?

Since returning from the biennial International Adaptation Futures conference, hosted in Fortaleza, Brazil in mid-May of this year, I have been reflecting on the state of play of climate change adaptation internationally.

Amongst the Australian delegates at the conference, we lamented our nation’s state of play, with the Australian Government budget, released during the conference, contrasting with the release of the US National Climate Assessment and the recent EU Climate Change policy mandating national adaptation plans. While there is much progressive action going on at an international scale, the ‘tennis match’ politicisation of climate change action, with nations moving forward (and backward) in conjunction with the associated funding, is ever apparent.  This led us to ponder where our national efforts sit in the adaptation cycle, and if we are, in fact, taking many steps backwards.

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What are insurance companies saying about climate risk?

What are insurance companies saying about climate risk?

With the bushfires blazing in the Blue Mountains, insurance costs are  becoming a hot issue. One report in the Newcastle Herald estimated the total  cost of damage at $138 million. Insurance is an important risk management  measure for households and businesses. The availability and cost of insurance  are being affected by the recent events like the Queensland floods and Victorian  bushfires, which are linked to climate change.

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Undeniable future benefits from carbon management

Undeniable future benefits from carbon management

I recently read an article ‘Coal’s high cost in China: 2.5 billion years of  life expectancy’, discussing the high costs of coal use in China. The title stating that the high cost is 2.5 billion  years of life expectancy. Wow! The article outlines the study that correlated  life expectancy data of the population in China to the high levels of air  pollution from coal powered heating.

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Supply chain sustainability increasing in value

Supply chain sustainability increasing in value

Now more than ever, businesses are reaping the rewards of investing in supply  chain sustainability. According to a recent Supply Chain report released by the  Carbon Disclosure Project, companies are increasingly seeing benefits flow from  the expansion of low carbon products and services, including operational  efficiencies and improved business reputation.

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