When looking down on the Arctic from space and you can see some beautiful arch-like structures sculpted out of sea-ice. Yet due to a rapidly warming planet the average duration of these arches is decreasing by about a week every year. They used to last for 250-200 days and now they last for 150-100 days.
The climate phenomenon known as the Indian ocean dipole (IOD) describes a periodic shift in sea surface temperatures in opposite sides of the Indian Ocean and in recent years has been linked to drier-than-normal conditions in Australia as well as widespread heavy rainfall in East Africa and India.
Companies have a key role to play in building societal resilience to crises, including the current pandemic and climate impacts, across their value chains. Some priority actions businesses can take to build resilience include conducting supply chain risk assessments; understanding future scenarios; and understanding how the people in business and vital communities are affected.
Increasing temperatures and sea levels, changing precipitation patterns and more extreme weather are threatening human health and safety, food and water security and socio-economic development in Africa, according to a new report devoted exclusively to the continent.
If elected, Joe Biden and his allies are preparing to pass climate change legislation, piece by piece — knowing full well that the candidate’s $2 trillion plan would be a tough sell. While highly unlikely to pass in its entirety, a President Biden could have real impact: solar panels and wind turbines spread across the country’s mountains and prairies, electric charging stations nearly as ubiquitous as gas stations and a gradual decrease in the nation’s planet-warming greenhouse pollution.
By some estimates, ice melt in the Antarctic is expected to push global sea levels up by 22.8 inches (58cm) by the end of the century if climate change goes on unchecked. Paired with ice melt in the northern polar circle, sea levels could rise by a staggering five feet (1.5m) by the year 2100. And yet, scientists in the US fear projections could be off, thanks to weather fluctuations that can have a significant impact on melting ice. Understanding the full range or distribution of projections for a risk factor like sea level rise, especially the tail ends, is part of what makes Riskthinking.AI’s scenarios so valuable.