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Last winter heavy rain, storm force winds and large waves combined with high spring tides presented England with unprecedented flooding from the sea, rivers, groundwater and surface water.
Thousands of properties were flooded, infrastructure was damaged and tragically, eight people lost their lives. The full impact of these events has not yet been calculated but we do know that 175,000 businesses in England are at risk of flooding [note1].
Department of Business, Innovation & Skills Minister, Right Hon David Willetts MP, has announced the certification framework for Cyber Essentials, the governments new initiative aimed at creating a minimum expected capability for cyber security.
These videos introduce the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report. The findings of Working Group Two focuses on Vulnerability,Impacts and Adaptation.
These are central themes of not only the latest thinking on how best to meet the Climate Change Challenge, but go to the heart of the work of Risk and Business Continuity professionals across business around the world.
This short video introduces the Smart Guide - Adapting to Climate Change using your Business Continuity Management System.
The guide has been published by BSI in partnership with Climate Ready following our research over the past two years where one of the common requests was for more clarity on how to integrate Climate Adaptation factors into the Business Continuity and Risk Management processes.
This webcast is the second in the the Continuity ForumsClimate Adaptation Programme (CAP)webcast series and focuses on the critical role BCM and Risk Professionals have in addressing the threats posed by Climate Change.
In this edition Continuity Forum Programme Director, Sara McKenna, questions Russell Price and Kylie Russell (Business Lead for the Environment Agency Climate Ready programme) on the work underway and how the BCM and Risk professions need to evolve their efforts.
This report outlines the UK Government’s views on the main issues raised in the Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) Evidence Report (an independent analysis funded by UK Government and Devolved Governments), to highlight actions already in place to manage the risks identified in the CCRA, and to outline UK Government plans for the future.
The CCRA Evidence Report sets out the main risks and opportunities for the UK, arising from climate change, over the coming years. It is important to note that the analysis, informed by the UK Climate Projections, provides a baseline of impacts, disregarding current and future planned action in the majority of the analysis. Excluding these factors from the analysis provides a more robust ‘baseline’ against which the effects of different plans and policies can be more easily assessed.
In laying this this report report to Parliament the Minster said "The CCRA Evidence Report is a world-class independent research project that analyses the key risks and opportunities that changes to the climate bring to the UK. It provides a baseline that sets out how climate risks may manifest themselves in the absence of current and planned actions."
Caroline Spelman adds "The baseline of the CCRA Evidence Report allows Government and others to assess the extent to which our actions and plans are climate resilient, and to judge what more needs to be done."
David Cole, Chief Risk Officer of Swiss Re: speaking at the World Economic Forum Conference on Risk and Resilience, the effects on Global Supply Chains and the planning and adaptation needed around the world.
For more information on the Global Risk Report, Climate Adaptation and Supply Chain issues
Those working in the field of Climate Change and Adaptation use terms and definitions very similar to those in the Risk and Continuity fields. There can though be differences between terms in application.
Adaptation means changing our behavior to respond to both the projected and current impacts of climate change. Source: Adapted from Defra External Website
Adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities.
The global climate is changing and will continue to change over the coming century.
Most climate scientists agree that much of this is attributable to increased atmospheric concentrations of ‘greenhouse’ gases produced by human activities. Even if we manage to limit future greenhouse gas emissions, current and historical emissions mean that a certain amount of additional warming is inevitable.
This summary presents key findings from the Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA), the first-ever comprehensive assessment of potential risks and opportunities for the UK arising from climate change.
The CCRA represents a key part of the Government’s response to the Climate Change Act 2008, which requires a series of assessments of climate risks to the UK, both under current conditions and over the long term.
The CCRA has used currently available evidence to produce an initial snapshot of how a changing climate may affect the UK up to the year 2100. It will be updated every five years, taking account of new climate observations and improved understanding of future climate change and risk.