Climate change risks News

UK Insurers, Banks Need ‘Credible Plans’ for Climate Change Risks: Bank of England

Britain’s banks and insurers must come up with credible plans for protecting themselves against risks from climate change and may need to hold more capital, the Bank of England said on Monday. “Financial risks from climate change will be minimized …

Airport Operators Take Action Against Rising Seas, Powerful Storms as Climate Changes

Global airport operators, faced with rising sea levels and more powerful storms as the climate changes, are starting to invest in measures including higher runways, seawalls and better drainage systems to future-proof immovable assets. In early September, a seawall at …

More Firms Report Climate-Related Risks, but Few Disclose Financial Impact: G20 Report

Climate-related disclosure is becoming mainstream as more firms support and align their financial reporting to recommendations by a global task force though few disclose the financial impact on the company, a survey shows. The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures …

Sustainable Re/Insurance Industry Vital in Uncertain World: Swiss Re’s Ojeisekhoba

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore described it as “the first taste of a bitter cup that will be proffered to us over and over again.” That devastating event killed more than 1,800 people and …

Europe’s Banks Move to Greener Finance in Response to Climate Change Risks

Some of Europe’s largest banks are unveiling plans to lend and manage money in greener ways as pressure mounts to account for risks associated with climate change. “It is coming, it’s a trend that’s started,” said Louis Douady, head of …

Climate Change Lawsuits a Growing Threat: Opinion

Last month, a group of 10 families filed an action against the European Union at the European General Court, the EU’s second highest court. All claim to have suffered loss from climate change. Specifically, they argue that greenhouse gas (GHG) …

Central Banks Eye Effects of Climate Risks on Oversight of Insurers, Companies: Opinion

Central bankers have been dubbed “masters of the universe” for the tools and powers they have acquired since the financial crisis. Some of them now want to play a more active role in the fight against climate change. Monetary authorities …

Climate Change Worsens Effects of Natural Disasters, Costing Farmers Billions of Dollars

Natural disasters from droughts to floods are costing farmers in poorer countries billions of dollars a year in lost crops and livestock, and it’s getting worse thanks to climate change. Agricultural losses from weather events in developing nations totaled $96 …

Aon Benfield’s Christian Named Chair of ClimateWise, Raising Climate Risk Resilience

Dominic Christian, executive chairman of Aon Benfield International, has been appointed chair of ClimateWise, an organization that aims to help the insurance industry respond to the risks and opportunities of the climate-risk protection gap – the growing divide between total …

Damage to Coral Reefs Accelerating on Rising Sea Temperatures: Report

The risks to coral reefs are accelerating largely due to human activity, with rising water temperatures meaning they now have about 80 percent less recovery time between bleaching episodes than just three decades ago, according to a report in the …