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Australia’s Wildfire Catastrophe Isn’t the “New Normal”. It’s Much Worse Than That.
- One of the most prominent scientists studying climate change is Michael Mann, a climatologist and atmospheric science professor at Penn State University who has been a leader in explaining the contribution that human behavior has made in creating and exacerbating the climate crisis.
- During his sabbatical year, Mann decided to visit Australia to study the effects of climate change on the scene of bleaching coral reefs and extreme weather events.
- “It’s almost like we’re being given a vision for our future if we don’t act on climate.” To better understand the forces behind this season’s fires, Mother Jones’s James West, who happens to be Australian, spoke with Mann for this week’s edition of Mother Jones Podcast: Since September, the combination of soaring temperatures and a severe drought has triggered wildfires across Australia that have enveloped more than six times the land burned during California’s devastating 2018 wildfire season.
Australia fires live: South Australia, NSW and Victoria brace for return of bushfire danger – latest updates
- A small volunteer firefighting association that disputes the link between climate change and the current bushfires has close ties to the New South Wales Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party and diverted thousands of dollars from its meagre finances to bankroll a bid by its president to run as an SFF candidate in the NSW election.
- The Volunteer Fire Fighters Association has been quoted extensively in the media during the bushfire crisis, particularly on Sky News and in the Australian, downplaying the links to climate change, attacking the group of ex-fire and emergency chiefs who have called for climate action, and placing blame for the fires chiefly on a lack of hazard reduction burning and poor land management.
- The Guardian can now reveal the group’s close links to the SFF party, whose leader Robert Borsak frequently disputes that humans are causing climate change and similarly blames the fires on a lack of hazard reduction burning.
Six months in, here’s how the Florida news outlets’ climate change partnership is going
- What started out last summer as a partnership among six Florida news organizations to cover climate change in the state has now tripled in size, with 18 organizations — usually competitors with one another — now working together.
risQ and Intercontinental Exchange Announce Collaboration to Bring Climate Risk Analytics to the Municipal Bond Ecosystem
- New tool for measuring climate risk in municipal bonds emerges from stealth BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--risQ, Inc., a Boston headquartered start-up focused on best-in-class climate risk analytics, today announced a relationship with Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE) to help enable the municipal bond ecosystem to incorporate climate risk into project and investment decisions.
- Combining cutting-edge climate science, catastrophe modeling and geospatial machine learning technology, risQ has developed a comprehensive analytics platform capable of analyzing climate risk for all obligors and issuers of municipal bonds, delivering financially quantitative output across the key climate risks.
- risQ worked with a range of industry insiders and beta partners during the last 12 months to prototype municipal bond climate risk analytics and tools and optimize them to their needs.
Australia’s Fires Are Terrifying. Will They Get World Leaders to Act on Climate Change?
- While climate-linked disasters aren’t new–from the uptick in deadly heat waves to increasingly powerful hurricanes, floods and blizzards–images of such destruction often fail to resonate and are quickly forgotten in the next day’s news cycle.
- “You have the perfect storm of a story,” says Anthony Leiserowitz, who directs the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
- “[It] is happening on literally the other side of the planet, yet it seems to be resonating in this country.” Most significantly, the Australian fires are burning at a time when the world is becoming increasingly attuned to the catastrophic dangers of unchecked climate change.
Most conservatives know prevention is better than cure – except when it comes to climate change | Richard Denniss
- Investing in renewable energy is the exception Wed 8 Jan 2020 11.30 EST Last modified on Wed 8 Jan 2020 14.48 EST If only Scott Morrison was as willing to spend money preventing climate change as he is to spend it on disaster repair.
- But while deterrence still lies at the heart of Australia’s $38.7bn defence budget, when it comes to climate change, Australian conservatives opt for suck it and see.
- As the climate science denier and Liberal party MP Craig Kelly found out when interviewed by a British conservative, Piers Morgan, the bizarre arguments that rightwing commentators spew out in Australia just don’t cut the mustard in the old country.
The latest generation of climate models is running hotter—here’s why
- Ahead of every Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the world’s climate modeling centers produce a central database of standardized simulations.
- Climate sensitivity is one of the most-discussed numbers in climate science.
- In climate models, this number is not chosen in advance; it emerges from all the physics and chemistry in the model.
FEMA Details U.S.’ Vulnerability To Natural Disasters, Terrorism’ In Annual Report
- Advocates decried the annual National Preparedness Report because it didn't mention climate change, which experts say exacerbated the deadly wildfires and storms of recent years.
- Threats Ignores Climate Change The Trump administration’s latest National Preparedness Report, which describes the greatest threats and hazards to the country, says nothing about climate change, drought or sea-level rise.
- The 2019 report is the eighth annual summary of U.S. vulnerability to threats such as disasters and terrorism but the first to eschew the word “climate,” except for one reference to “school climate” in a section on preventing school violence.
EcoVadis Secures c. $200M Investment from CVC Growth Partners to Accelerate Adoption of Sustainability Ratings Throughout the Globalized Economy
- This transaction represents one of the largest investments in the ESG space to date and reflects a shared long-term vision for the importance of ESG to business success.
- This investment from CVC Growth Partners is a testament to the critical role that ESG and sustainability factors play in today’s market.” More than 450 enterprises – representing over $2.5 trillion in business spending – rely on EcoVadis’ supplier ratings and engagement platform to evaluate and improve environmental and social performance across their global supply chains.
- We have followed EcoVadis for several years as part of our long-standing efforts in supply chain risk management, where we identified ESG as a particular area of focus for best-in-class companies, and are incredibly excited about the immense opportunities that lie ahead for the Company, as it continues to establish itself as the gold standard for ESG ratings.
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