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People at Risk to Natural Disasters and How Nature Can Help

Written by Michael Beck on . Posted in The Wonk Room, Uncategorized

…them last August 25. Indeed, like my friends in the Bahamas, billions of people around the world are exposed to risks from coastal storms and flooding – risks that are causing more costly damage to people and property than ever before. In fact, Munich Re estimated that the total cost of all natural disasters globally in 2011 reached an all-time high of $380 billion – almost double the previous record of $220 billion, set in 2005. But not all sto…

Study: Coastal Nature Reduces Risk from Storm Impacts for 1.3 Million U.S. Residents

Written by Robert Lalasz on . Posted in Learn

…onic names….and indelible examples of how nature can kill and destroy. But could nature actually help reduce our risk from…nature? Specifically: could sand dunes, oyster and coral reefs, sea grasses and other coastal natural habitats blunt the effects of coastal storms — like surges and flooding? Could they even reduce the risk of fatalities and property loss from such storms? They already are — for at least 1.3 million people and billions in pro…

Hurricane Irene, Risk and the Future of the Planet

Written by Mark Tercek on . Posted in Extreme weather, Learn

…he days to come. This cone is an expression of the probability of high impacts from the hurricane, or calculated risk. The projected track of the storm down the center of the cone represents the highest risk with lower risk at the edges of the cone. As Irene moved closer, individuals, business owners, utilities and government officials began weighing the risks depicted in the projected storm tracks and made decisions about how they should respond…

Listen in Today to Learn about Climate, Risk & Resilience from New Orleans

Written by Lisa Hayden on . Posted in Learn

…Shell, UA VP SE   & SP at Shell Energy Resources  Carl Hedde, Munich Re,   Senior Vice President and Head of Risk Accumulation, Underwriting Services   Division. This week leaders from The Nature Conservancy are meeting with partners and practitioners from the field for the 2013 Climate Risk & Resilience conference, being held at the Westin Canal Place overlooking the banks of the Mississippi River, busy with barge traffic. The conferenc…

‘Hidden Risk’: Mercury Pollution’s Costs to Wildlife and People

Written by Robert Lalasz on . Posted in Learn

Editor’s Note: Today’s post features a Q&A by Robert Lalasz, director of science communication at The Nature Conservancy, that originally appeared Jan. 24 on Cool Green Science. Mercury pollution — nothing to worry about if I don’t live in the rural Northeast and don’t eat tons of fish, right? Guess again, says a new report done by the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy. The report, “Hidden Risk

COP19: The Danger of Losing Focus on Adaptation

Written by Imen Meliane on . Posted in Act, The Wonk Room

…of economic, social, and environmental thresholds.” Indeed, climate change is both a driver and a multiplier of risk. Effectively addressing the impacts of climate change and aggravated disasters cannot be done in isolation from development planning, or without addressing the root causes of vulnerability – poverty, inequity and environmental degradation. Adaptation and risk management are precisely aiming to address the poverty and environmental…

President’s Climate Change Plan Calls for Action to Adapt, Builds on Solid Progress

Written by Sarah Murdock on . Posted in Act

…ional Flood Insurance Program a year ago.  Reforms included adjusting insurance rates to more accurately reflect risk, major improvements to mapping that will include consideration of future impacts like sea level risk and improvements to the risk reduction grant programs. The Conservancy continues to work with the insurance industry to better inform and calculate the risk reduction value of natural infrastructure. –Assessing Climate Chang…

Factoring Risks of Climate Change a Wise Part of U.S. Military’s Strategy

Written by Bob Barnes on . Posted in Learn

…and how well, we would respond. We did know that we were spending hundreds of billions of dollars to reduce the risk of nuclear war through deterrence, and many billions of dollars on intelligence, training, and other operations to reduce the uncertainties with which we were confronted. At its core, national security strategy is about managing risks in uncertain situations and taking actions and making investments now to respond to and prepare f…

Micronesia and Climate Change: Islands at Risk

Written by David Connell on . Posted in Learn

By Ben Namakin, Conservation Society of Pohnpei Micronesians, along with our other Pacific Islands neighbors, are among the lesser contributors to global warming, but we are at great risk from its negative impacts, especially rising sea levels and temperatures. The Carteret Islands of Papua New Guinea are fighting a losing battle against the ocean. It is estimated the six islands will disappear into the water by 2015 . Though some islands inMic…

Blizzard that Buried New England Flooded Coasts – Again

Written by Sarah Murdock on . Posted in Extreme weather, Your Climate Stories

…lood Insurance Program (NFIP), which makes available federally sponsored flood insurance for properties in flood risk areas. But contrary to Congressional intent, the program as it now functions is actually increasing risk from storms and floods to people, property and ecosystems. Why? Subsidized insurance rates and use of outdated and incomplete maps are among the problems. Situations like the sea-wall breach in my town are playing out all over…

Heeding Lessons from Sandy: Planning Wisely for the Future with Smart Decisions Today

Written by Adam Whelchel on . Posted in Extreme weather

…hese events remind us that there is ongoing need for creative, forward-looking planning and design to reduce our risk from the next major storm event. To make sure we capture these lessons, The Nature Conservancy uses a participatory four step process to help communities become more resilient (we’ve worked with 20 Connecticut towns since 2007): 1) Assess local risks and strengths; 2) Identify choices; 3) Prioritize actions, and 4) Measure e…

Keeping Ourselves (And Our Money) Safe

Written by Jennifer McKnight on . Posted in Learn

…8221; Here at The Nature Conservancy, our investments in land and water to protect people and nature are also at risk. Speeding-up impacts are making it more difficult for us to keep our drinking water clean, protect our safe havens from flooding and droughts, and keep our life- and product-giving forests healthy. But in these tough economic times, how do we combat this risk? As the Task Force has recognized, nature-based adaptation solutions are…

Flood Insurance Reform: A Chance for Congress to do Something Productive

Written by Sarah Murdock on . Posted in The Wonk Room

…urance available to coastal and inland property owners for homes and buildings that are mapped in areas of flood risk. It’s a critical service. Unfortunately, the Program in its current form is fatally flawed. It actually encourages increased risks to people, property and nature. This flaw is due in large part to subsidized flood insurance that pays people to rebuild again and again in areas where floods and hurricanes put communities, first resp…

A Perfect Storm of Support for Flood Insurance Reform: Coalition Praises Congressional Action

Written by Sarah Murdock on . Posted in Learn, The Wonk Room

…r and coastal floodplains, while better informing the public about the dangers to people and properties of flood risk. More specifically it will: 1) phase out subsidies that have undermined the financial stability of the program; 2) require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure maps are updated and accurate so that people understand and can better prepare for their risks; and  3) streamline and strengthen mitigation programs to…

Climate Change News: What’s Interesting This Week

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Act, Extreme weather, Learn, The Wonk Room

…cord. The odds of this occurring randomly are 1 in 1,594,323. (Climate Progress) Top 20 Cities with Billions at Risk from Climate Change More than 130 port cities around the world are at increasing risk from severe storm-surge flooding, damage from high storm winds, rising and warming global seas and local land subsidence. Poorly planned development often puts more people in vulnerable areas, too, increasing risk. About $3 trillion of assets ar…

The Shrinking Line Between Land and Sea

Written by Frank Lowenstein on . Posted in Learn

…s—like the rest of us—are fallible, there’s just as much chance that those doubts will cause us to underestimate risk as to overestimate it. And the potential for damage is huge, as another study last week emphasized. This one, from Climate Central and published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, rolled out a new tool to estimate the number of homes at risk from different amounts of sea level rise. Nationwide some 2.6 million homes wi…

Carbon Dioxide Emissions = More Warming = More Extreme Weather

Written by Eric Haxthausen on . Posted in Extreme weather, Learn

…’s Energy & Environmental Experts blog as a response to the question: Does global warming increase the risk of extreme weather? The science is clear: Warmer temperatures accommodate more water vapor in the atmosphere. This in turn leads to more instability and increased risk of extreme storms and weather events.  And we are indeed seeing more extreme precipitation events than a century ago, in line with the 1°F temperature increase over…

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