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Client Alert: What Brexit Means for Climate
June 2016 Newsletter
The decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union bears important consequences for global climate policy. Our team published a concise summary on The Huffington Post blog, discussing key expected impacts on the political process surrounding the Paris agreement as well as potential economic and financial implications.
All Hands on Deck! The Global Impacts of Droughts and Extreme Heat
May 2016 Newsletter
Better data. More efficient technology. New sources of financing. The recipe to address global impacts of climate change — such as drought, the focus of this month’s newsletter — is very much the same as in the U.S. But the needs are more pressing, and the ingredients even harder to find.
As Four Twenty Seven CEO Emilie Mazzacurati writes from the ProAdapt conference in Cartagena, Colombia, she can’t help but notice how the discourse on the private sector has changed in the past years. Many government agencies, donors, and NGOs now beat the drums of private sector resilience – for its own sake, and also as a critical provider of products and services to support community adaptation efforts.
Such products and services are still nascent, but she is confident this clear signal will help grow the market and spur innovation and investments.
“Fellow entrepreneurs and business folks: our ingenuity and resources are needed to build climate resilience,” Mazzacurati said.
Building Coastal Resilience
Late April 2016 Newsletter
Sea level rise and floods pose critical threats to the well-being and prosperity of coastal communities. Cities like San Francisco are taking concrete steps to understand impacts on their population, looking not just at infrastructure but also at community welfare. The San Francisco Flood Vulnerability visualization tool we developed for the San Francisco Department of Public Health will support community outreach and communication to help raise awareness of the health impacts from floods.
As communities innovate to develop lasting solutions and embrace nature-based solutions, sharing lessons learned through efforts like the Rockefeller 100 Cities is ever more critical to grow our collective knowledge. We’re proud to work with our partners on developing solutions that help to pave the way for more informed planning and more effective response.
A Turning Point: Using Climate Science For Adaptation
April 2016 Newsletter
The regulatory landscape of climate risk disclosure is evolving rapidly. The SEC just ruled in favor of shareholder efforts to promote more transparency on climate risk in ExxonMobil’s financial disclosures, while the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures published its first report last week.
Corporations and investors will be well advised to stay current on legal and policy changes related to climate change risks, and to deepen their understanding of climate change science and its impacts on their business. Our research and publications serve to inform our clients of critical policy and scientific developments – as you will see from this week’s issue, climate science is changing almost as fast as the regulatory environment.
Corporate Leadership and Climate Resilience
March 2016 Newsletter
Climate risk is high on the corporate agenda, but most corporations and investors are yet to to incorporate climate change into their enterprise risk management and strategic processes.
Our research shows critical climate impacts can be efficiently identified thanks to our proprietary hotspot screening methodology. Quantifying risk is essential to business resilience, and showing a good command of climate risk in financial disclosure is critical to keeping investor confidence.
Business leaders know they can stay ahead by leveraging climate data into their business analytics – we’re proud to help them innovate and become more resilient.
Climate and Health
February 2016 Newsletter
Climate change has major impacts on human health. From heat waves to floods, from poor air quality to the spread of vector-borne disease like Zika, many climate hazards translate directly into measurable negative effects on human quality of life.
Our team has been working with key healthcare actors to help them identify how climate change could affect their ability to serve their patients and communities and better prepare. Learn more on how we help solve some of humanity’s most pressing challenges in this month’s newsletter on the nexus of climate and human health.
Local Governments Building Resilience
January 2016 Newsletter
Happy New Year! 2016 already feels well under way, with multiple projects and initiatives on the agenda, with exciting upcoming events and strategies to build climate resilience. This year will see many regional adaptation forums take place around the country, including the much anticipated return of the California Adaptation Forum.
In this edition of our newsletter, we highlight key initiatives and new ideas to finance local resilience solutions. 2016 will be an important year for resilience financing — expect a lot of innovation and groundbreaking initiatives as cities lead the way!
From Data to Action: Climate Adaptation in 2015
Late December 2015 Newsletter
What a glorious way to end the year! I’m confident the Paris agreement will be seen as a turning point for global climate policy. Yet I’m also well aware of the challenges that remain ahead of us — 1.5 ̊ or 2 ̊ C of climate change will still bring momentous change to the world as we know it, and these aggressive targets are a clear acknowledgement that climate change is already under way.Building resilience remains a critical priority for all of us.
We’re proud of what we accomplished in 2015, in particular award-winning products on climate and human health and or thought-leadership reports and presentations on climate data and business resilience. We’re also grateful for how much recognition has come for the need for climate adaptation locally and globally – and are ready to tackle the challenge for 2016!
COP21: The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation
December 2015 Newsletter
The atmosphere in Paris mid-way through the negotiations is cautiously optimistic. While most of the hard lifting is yet to be done, negotiators and observers seem reasonably satisfied with how far along things are.
In this hopeful context, we are proud to contribute an exciting new report on The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation, written for Caring for Climate. We hope you find inspiring examples of how business can be part of the solution, and useful guidance for policymakers to support community-minded corporate adaptation
Sea Level Rise: The Tragedy of the Horizon
November 2015 Newsletter
Sea-level rise is one of the most complex impacts of climate change to understand. Not so much the mechanics of it, but the sheer implications of what rising seas will mean for our society and our land. We feature this week a selection of tools and studies that help further our collective understanding and are meant to inspire action.
Ready for Climate War Games?
October 2015 Newsletter
It’s that time of the year: a slew of exciting climate and sustainability conferences around the country. We’re committed to sharing the highlights from our travel on our blog, The Resilience Sandbox. Read Emilie’s post on Climate Week NYC: the Quest for Wisdom, listen to the audiocast of her presentation, and share your thoughts with us.
Public Data for the Public Good
September 2015 Newsletter
Four Twenty Seven takes 1st prize in the ESRI Human Health and Climate Change Challenge!We developed a web application as part of our commitment to the White House Climate Data Initiative.
The app explores heat and its impacts on human health. Look up your county and learn more about the drivers of heat vulnerability.
Inside the Black Box: How Companies Prepare for Climate Change
May 2015 Newsletter
Four Twenty Seven and the University of Notre Dame’s Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), with support from BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) published today the 2015 Corporate Adaptation Survey to generate insights into whether and how enterprises are preparing for the physical impacts of climate change.
Public Health and Climate Change
April 2015 Newsletter
Four Twenty Seven to support White House Initiative on public health and climate change
Four Twenty Seven will leverage its proprietary model and risk assessment methodology to screen health care facilities across the country.
Four Twenty Seven Receives EBJ Business Achievement Award
January 2015 Newsletter
Four Twenty Seven and Climate Earth are pleased to announce that they were chosen to receive the CCBJ award for Technology Merit: Climate Risk Management and Adaptation. The firms were recognized for launching the first enterprise-quality application enabling large corporations to quickly map and quantify global supply chain risks due to climate change.