After more than a week of being holed up inside due to the toxic haze that had settled over the Bay Area, after I’d sealed my windows with blue painter’s tape, ran an air purifier in the bedroom and put on an N95 mask anytime I stepped outside, I felt trapped, with a disturbing cough deep in my chest. I sent a desperate email to a friend who lives in Beijing with her two children: Do you have any tips for getting through this? We had a long Skype call, in which she showed me a glimpse of her world: specialized masks with a changeable filter and silicone seals that give her and her children the look of fighter pilots. Air purifiers that run at all times, which she cranks up depending on the reading on the indoor air monitor. During periods of bad outdoor air quality, they go from bubble to bubble of clean air, to other similarly outfitted apartments. They have the routine down: Before heading out, her children know to check the monitor to see if they need their masks that … [Read more...] about Everyday risks of climate change, from drought to bad air
Risks of climate change
Mapfre is joining the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, along with 15 other leading insurers, in order to assess the impact of climate change and to incorporate the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures in the insurance industry. This working group is developing a series of tools to assess the risks, to provide relevant information to investors about the effects of this global phenomenon and to help in the transition toward low-carbon climate-resistant societies and economies. "As a global insurance company, Mapfre is participating in the commitment to contribute to defining a standard of technical and financial action for the entire sector that will help the insurance industry to manage the risks and opportunities of the transition toward a low-carbon economy and to reduce the impact of climate change for the whole of society," says Fernando Mata, Mapfre's chief Financial officer. Global warming is generating adverse trends … [Read more...] about Mapfre collaborates with the UN to assess the impact of climate change on the insurance industry
6 hours ago Africa A new climate analysis report has sounded the alarm, this time for Africa. Two out of three cities in Africa are at “extreme risk” of the threats posed by climate change. Issuing the warning, the British risk consultancy firm Verisk Maplecroft through its CEO Dante Alighieri says two thirds of African cities could be affected by global warming in 2035. “Well, I think its not surprising that many African cities are being called out in this manner. One of the unfortunate aspects of climate change is that the countries and the companies that are the worst emitters don’t directly bear the consequences of those actions. It is largely in developing and emerging countries where you start the impacts first-hand. So, it is unfortunate but not surprising that African cities are being identified in this manner,” said Dante. The study found that as much as 47% of Africa’s GDP – an amount totalling close to $1.4tn – to … [Read more...] about Two third of African cities face extreme risk of climate change
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On the map, their homes are tiny specks in a vast sea of blue, rarely in the headlines and far removed from the centers of power. But for a few days each year, the leaders of small island nations share a podium with presidents and prime ministers from the world's most powerful nations, and their message is clear: Global warming is already changing our lives, and it will change yours too. Speaking shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump — whose fiery speech made no mention of climate change — Danny Faure told the U.N. General Assembly this week that for his country, the Seychelles, it's already a daily reality. "We see its effects in our eroding coastlines and unpredictable weather patterns," he said. "We see its effects on our coral reefs and rising sea levels." The Indian Ocean nation off the east coast of Africa is one of dozens of Small Island Developing States — or SIDS for short — that have been trying to draw attention to what … [Read more...] about Small islands use big platform to warn of climate change
By Nigel Arnell I am writing this from Beijing, where the 13th National People’s Congress has just reaffirmed the Chinese commitment to control future emissions of greenhouse gases and meet the aspirations of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This agreement, struck in 2015, commits countries to reduce emissions so that the increase in global mean temperature is limited to ‘well below’ 2 oC above pre-industrial levels, and to aim to limit the increase in temperature to 1.5 oC. I am here to attend the final workshop of a joint UK-China project which is providing policy makers in China and elsewhere with information on climate risks at the global and Chinese scales. We are looking at risks under ‘high’ emissions pathways, and are comparing these with the risks that arise under pathways that are consistent with the Paris Agreement. Policymakers want to know this partly so they can understand and communicate the risks of not reducing emissions, … [Read more...] about Estimating the risks of climate change: what are the effects of climate policy?