The evidence about climate change continues to grow: the World Meteorological Organisation reports that many climate records were again broken in 2016. Read more at https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/climate-breaks-multiple-records-2016-global-impacts
Join the Navigating a Changing Climate conference to find out how waterborne transport infrastructure will be affected. It isn't too late to register! http://www.pianc.org/downloads/Navclimate/NaCC%20CONFERENCE%20REGISTRATION%20FLYER%2016%20dec%202016.pdf
As we prepare for the Navigating a Changing Climate conference in Brussels, 27-28 March, the Think Climate coalition is pleased to welcome five new supporter organisations:
- Aurecon, consulting engineers who bring ideas to life
- Cardno, professional infrastructure and environmental services company
- Sprott Planning and Environment Pty Ltd. a leading Australia-based consulting practice
- UK Maritime Pilots’ Association, the representative professional body for Maritime Pilots in the United Kingdom
- University of Rhode Island, Department of Marine Affairs: leadership in marine and coastal management through teaching, research and outreach.
For a full list of NavClimate supporter organisations, visit http://navclimate.pianc.org/supporters
In February 2017 a new climate change adaptation initiative was launched. The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, an initiative of The Netherlands, Japan and UN Environment is intended to contribute to building a climate resilient world. The PIANC-led Navigating a Changing Climate initiative participates in this initiative through the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate co-led by SLoCaT.
Read more here: http://www.ppmc-transport.org/slocat-supports-the-new-global-center-of-excellence-on-climate-adaptation/
This is why a shift to low carbon matters!
According to a new JRC report, a 4°C global warming will mean that countries representing more than 70% of the global population and global GDP could face increases in flood risk of more than 500%. Read more at https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/global-flood-risk-increase-five-fold-4-temperature-rise
In a Press Release issued on 30th January 2017, Fijian Prime Minister Bainimarama identified Fiji’s priorities for the forthcoming COP23 negotiations: climate adaptation finance; effective monitoring of adherence to the Paris Agreement; and the objectives of the Climate Action Agenda – the various initiatives undertaken by non-state actors including the Think Climate coalition’s Navigating a Changing Climate initiative.
The COP23 meetings, hosted by the Fijian presidency, will be held in Bonn, Germany, in November 2017.
The end of 2016 and early 2017 saw several organisations sign up as new supporters of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative, including:
- Acclimatise, a specialist consulting, communications and digital application company
- ARUP, independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists
- DEME, specialists in dredging, environmental and maritime engineering
- ERDC, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
- Norconsult AS, Norway's largest multidisciplinary consultancy firm
- NSW Ports, Port Botany and Port Kembla in New South Wales, Australia
- Ramboll, a global consultancy in port, coastal and marine engineering and environmental services
The Think Climate coalition welcomes all these organisations on board, and looks forward to working with them – along with our 16 existing supporter organisations - to promote climate change mitigation, adaptation and integrated solutions for waterborne transport infrastructure, globally.
A new UK Government report identifies the six priority risk areas for adaptation research and action over the next five years … and there is plenty of evidence of climate change potentially affecting transport, infrastructure, and coastal areas generally. These priority actions are not unique to the UK: the risks identified will be equally relevant to many other countries. Find out more at
Reflecting the uncertainty over the implications of the Trump presidency for greenhouse gas emissions, there are some worrying observations from @UNDispatch in their article '5 International Climate Stories to Watch in 2017'. Such concerns can only emphasise the urgency of paying proper attention to preparedness and adaptation.
Think Climate coalition partner ESPO considers that IMO is the right level to find a solution to the issue of emissions from shipping, but urges Europe to pile up pressure on the IMO to deliver on CO2 cap.
Deltares, an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface, has signed up as a supporter of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative.