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What’s New in the Climate Web

We are constantly adding new materials to the Climate Web – often dozens of items a day. On any given day, these items may be current news stories, great new reports and publications, older but still useful materials we haven’t come across before, videos and infographics, and even new websites that had previously eluded our searches. There is an amazing diversity of good ideas and work out there to which we should all pay attention, but which you’re unlikely to see crossing your inbox or browser. It simply gets lost in the noise.

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What’s New in the Climate Web — May 23, 2017

Another several hundred items added to the Climate Web. On the one hand, it can feel overwhelming – what’s the point, if there is never an end in sight? On the other hand, more and more of the sources we come across are already in the Climate Web, which suggests some progress.
The real take away message of our experience building the Climate Web is just how right Woodrow Wilson was when he stated: “There is no idea in our heads that has not been worn shiny by someone else’s brain.” I am constantly AMAZED at what is buried in the 170,000,000 hits that you’ll get today if you enter “climate change” as a search term in Google. Without some kind of knowledge management system — Climate Web or otherwise — there simply is NO WAY to take advantage of all the great ideas that have already been worn shiny by someone else’s brain.
Here’s a sampling of things we’ve just discovered as we page through those 170 million hits. These are all now in the Climate Web, hopefully making it possible for people who know nothing about them to find them. They’ll be integrated further into the knowledgebase as resources permit.
  • A 225-page e-book from 2009: Climate Change: A Silent Threat, authored by Sylvain Richer de Forges. It, too, reflects an enormous amount of work that is well organized and illustrated.
  • A really cool map that illustrates 100-year and 250-year flood risk to the street level. I wish this map had been around in 1991 when we bought a house here in Portland, not knowing it was in a flood plain. We found out when we flooded in 1996. On this map, that address is clearly in the 100-year flood plain.
In addition, we’ve been extensively reworking and expanding the Climate Web when it comes to the topic of business climate risk, including the relatively new but rapidly expanding conversation about climate risk stress testing. An interesting new paper in this space is Battiston’s A climate stress-test of the financial system. We’ve integrated dozens of papers, news stories, and other materials to help you explore this whole topic under the Business Risk Deep Dive, which is now organized according to the following “frames.”
  • 2nd and 3rd Order Impacts as Invisible Business Risk
  • Climate Change Forecasts as Business Risk
  • Climate Policies and Measures as Business Risk
  • Climate Stress Testing as Measure of Business Risk
  • Consumer Responses as Business Risk
  • Economic/Political Disruption as Business Risk
  • Increasing Environmental Variability as Business Risk
  • Investor Climate Responses as Business Risk
  • Legal System Responses as Business Risk
  • Low Carbon Market Transformation as Business Risk
  • Not “Business” Risk – Sectoral Risk
Which of these business risk categories do you think is probably the most important when it comes to communicating climate change as a potentially material business risk (in timeframes that businesses care about)? I would suggest the winner is “Increasing Environmental Variability.” It’s a fascinating topic that we’re exploring in-depth in the Climate Web.

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