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Climate Change - Risk or Opportunity?

Environmental, Social and technological changes

Resource management, environmental degradation and global warming are now at the forefront of economic and social considerations globally.

Social and technological drivers are accelerating change across societies, technologies and the environment, creating tectonic shifts in business, urbanisation and wealth distribution. Population growth continues across the world and cities are burgeoning.

Strategy and business planning for a new world

Given the interconnectivity and synergy between these trends, the challenge for business leaders is to reconfigure their day-to-day operations in light of changing global trends and patterns. This is true for large companies and industries as well as small. New business opportunities will arise, while those businesses who fail to interpret the signs and adapt will fail.

Climate change and related international implementation arrangements like the Kyoto Protocol and associated Cap and Trade approaches (Emission Trading Systems) are complex and fast evolving.

At 37 Degrees South, we continuously monitor international policy developments of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change and other leading institutions, and have worked with government to develop an intimate understanding of these international and domestic policy settings.

Importantly, we have developed a practical track record of designing and implementing large scale innovative development projects that help clients develop adaptation strategies that offset new risks while exploiting new business opportunities.

We can help your organization successfully navigate these changing times.

Reports and Articles
  • November 2007 - Emissions Trading System (ETS) Impacts for Maori Final Report Click to Download Reader

Resources For Further Reading (Off site links)

  • Key to Climate
    Australia's native forests store three times as much carbon as previously thought and could hold the key to tackling climate change.
  • Account for Carbon
    The findings represent a breakthrough in understanding the role of forests in long term carbon storage and in helping solve the climate change problem. The authors found that a new approach is needed to account for carbon stored in natural forests.
  • National Action Plan
    India has recently launched a National Action Plan on Climate Change, and we will be more than willing to share experiences.
  • Generated Global Climate System
    Understanding the scope and speed of climate change is a formidable problem for modern climate scientists. One way they approach this is to use historical observations of climate to generate computer models of the global climate system.
  • China Climate Change
    China is sometimes portrayed as an environmental and climate change ‘bad guy' in the mainstream media. Here we focus on climate change, and attempt to show that the picture is more nuanced, as China is involved in several bi- and multi-lateral initiatives.

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U.S. court blocks Trump administration from ending oil, gas waste rule
  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. court temporarily blocked the Trump administration from delaying or ending an Obama-era rule aimed at preventing oil and gas leaks during production, according to court documents, marking the fourth time either Congress or the courts have upheld the rule's implementation.

More rain, flooding in the forecast for U.S. South, Midwest
  (Reuters) - Heavy rain storms will sweep across the U.S. Southern Plains and the Midwest on Saturday and Sunday, potentially causing more flooding that has already forced hundreds to flee their homes and claimed the lives of three people, including a child.

Who sucks? EU mocks Gove 'green Brexit' talk on plastic straws
  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A top European Union official scoffed at Britain's environment minister, the Brexit campaigner Michael Gove, for suggesting leaving the EU will make it easier for London to pass green legislation like banning plastic drinking straws.

Trump calls meeting on biofuels policy blamed by bankrupt refiner
  NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has called a meeting early next week with key senators and Cabinet officials to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a Pennsylvania refiner blamed the regulation for its bankruptcy, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

Radical change urged over 20 years to attain climate goals: institute
  OSLO (Reuters) - The world will need sweeping changes over the next 20 years ranging from energy use to food production to achieve climate goals set by almost 200 nations, the new heads of a top environmental think-tank said on Friday.

Germany could impose limited diesel car bans in strategy shift
  BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's government, which has steadfastly opposed barring heavily-polluting diesel cars from cities, is working on changes to allow driving bans on certain routes on an emergency basis, documents seen by Reuters showed.

Norway to spend $13 million to upgrade 'doomsday' Arctic seed vault
  OSLO (Reuters) - Norway plans to spend 100 million Norwegian crowns ($13 million) to upgrade a doomsday seed vault on an Arctic island built 10 years ago to protect the world's food supplies, the government said on Friday.

Norway's wealth fund eyes low-carbon society in energy investments
  OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, will generally shun investments in energy sources such as coal that are unlikely to be needed in a future low-carbon society, it said on Friday.

English pub scraps snail race as cold makes competitors sluggish
  LONDON (Reuters) - An English pub has canceled a charity snail race scheduled to take place on Saturday after unseasonably icy weather made potential competitors too slow to compete.

Britain puts $35 million into natural disaster hedge fund
  LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is backing a hedge fund that aims to raise $200 million to give developing countries access to climate risk insurance.

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