On January 27, newly-installed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin — having already made history as the first Black American appointed to the role — broke new ground for the Department of Defense. He declared that under his leadership, the department would treat climate change as a national security priority. “There is little about what the Department does to defend the American people that is not affected by climate change,” Austin argued. “It is a national security issue, and we must treat it as such.” It’s a very welcome step.
The world is heading for mortality rates equivalent to the Covid crisis every year by mid-century unless action is taken, according to Mark Carney. The former central banker said the investment needed to avert millions of deaths was double current rates.
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.