Demand Rising for Climate-Resilience Ratings

In July, The New York Times reported: The rating agency [Moody’s] bought a majority share in Four Twenty Seven, a California-based company that measures a range of hazards, including extreme rainfall, hurricanes, heat stress and sea level rise, and tracks their impact on 2,000 companies and 196 countries. In the United States, the data covers 761 cities and more than 3,000 counties. Three weeks before … Continue reading Demand Rising for Climate-Resilience Ratings

The Future is Regenerative Prosperity

Freedom means living without the state-of-nature fear that powerful predators (of whatever kind) will impose harm with impunity. Any economic sense of human freedom, from any angle, requires an economy in which no market actor is predatory and no person, regardless of wealth or status, is significantly limited in their freedom to choose better, healthier options. That means polluters will have little room to run, … Continue reading The Future is Regenerative Prosperity

Adaptation Affects the Value of Everything

REPORT FROM THE 2019 V20 MINISTERIAL DIALOGUE ON ADAPTATION Vulnerabilities driven by climate change are affecting people across our global community, in diverse ways, but increasingly as part of their everyday experience. The V20 Ministerial Dialogue on Adaptation, held at World Bank Headquarters earlier this month, addressed the need to accelerate adaptation, reduce vulnerability, and establish ongoing means of support for financial and institutional resilience, … Continue reading Adaptation Affects the Value of Everything

Interactive Risk Tracking to Finance Resilience Prosperity

TRACKING OF INTERACTING COMPOUNDING RISKS SHOWS HIGHER VALUE OF FINANCING EXTERNAL RETURNS Resilience is the ability to weather and emerge from shock events. Resilience intelligence is the complex work of understanding whether we are positioned to do so. Structured, evolving guidance, rooted in Earth systems science, is critical for achieving reliable ongoing operational resilience. The Resilience Intel initiative is a coalition effort to aggregate climate-smart … Continue reading Interactive Risk Tracking to Finance Resilience Prosperity

Highest Value Climate Action is Economy-wide

The global crisis in climate disruption is deepening. Droughts, floods, storms, and wildfires are taking an increasing toll on human beings, straining vital ecosystems, and putting food and water supplies at risk. The Paris Agreement outlines a global collaborative “race to the top”, where nations support each other’s success and innovate as rapidly as possible to achieve climate-smart standards in all sectors. The mechanism for … Continue reading Highest Value Climate Action is Economy-wide

The Path to 100% Climate-Smart Finance

Report-back from the 11th Working Session of the Acceleration Dialogues series — a focused discussion of Economy-wide Resilience Intelligence. Download the full report here. Background On Wednesday, April 18, at the UN Foundation, halfway between the White House and the headquarters of the World Bank, we hosted the 11th working session of the Acceleration Dialogues, with a focus on economy-wide resilience intelligence. Participants explored technical … Continue reading The Path to 100% Climate-Smart Finance

Bond Issuers invited to Join Green Bond Pledge

Green Bond Pledge moves to expand market for sustainable finance Today, former UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres opened the Climate Bonds Initiative annual conference in London by calling on cities, national governments, and corporate bond issuers to commit to expand the green bond market. Addressing delegates from 55 nations, Ms. Figueres, Convenor of Mission 2020 announced a new Green Bond Pledge for bond issuers. The … Continue reading Bond Issuers invited to Join Green Bond Pledge