The Adaptation Conversation



One-on-one conversations with the leading thinkers and doers in climate change adaptation and resilience.A podcast by climate change practitioners for climate change practitioners, we speak to world-experts to understand the latest best practices and explore the risks and opportunities that climate change brings. These podcasts are brought to you by the Acclimatise: Acclimatise is a leading consulting firm providing expertise in climate change adaptation and risk management.


  • How much will it cost to meet the Paris temperature goals? With Professor Detlef Van Vuuren

    21/04/2020 Duración: 15min

    The cumulative costs of achieving the 1.5˚C temperature target outlined in the Paris agreement could be as high as 100 trillion US dollars, a new study has found. However, researchers found that there was a wide range of uncertainty in the forecasts with the low-end estimate being 10 trillion US dollars. In this Conversation on Climate Change Adaptation, we speak to the study's lead author, Professor Detlef Van Vuuren, who works at PPL Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency, and lectures at Utrecht University. Since the world's governments committed to reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) sufficiently to limit global warming to 1.5˚C or at least "well below" 2˚C by the end of the century in the Paris Agreement, attention has increasingly turned to how to achieve such a mammoth task. As with COVID-19, the costs of inaction are unimaginable, but the dramatic cuts in GHG emissions necessary to hit the targets will require an unprecedented transformation of the global economy. Such changes will inevitab

  • Communicating Climate Risk and Adaptation With Dr Adam Corner

    02/04/2020 Duración: 35min

    Knowing how to talk about climate change impacts and the actions taken to curb it isn’t always easy. One of the first things communications specialists will say is that you need to know your audience. Recent research conducted in the UK in November 2019 show that there has been a massive shift in the public’s perceptions about climate change. Climate change came second only to Brexit when respondents were asked which were the main issues that the country would face in the next 20 years. Whilst this research was conducted before COVID-19 outbreaks were reported (and this podcast was recorded just before the UK had heightened restrictions) the learnings are still valuable for thinking about how we now talk about climate change. With heightened public awareness and concern about action on climate change, narratives about adaptation and resilience need to be carefully formed to ensure that engagement remains high, and that action is taken and sustained. In this podcast episode, we speak to Dr Adam Corner from C

  • Making research work for others with Dr Catherine Grasham and Alice Chautard

    23/03/2020 Duración: 13min

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  • Adaptation and Water Security with Dr Catherine Grasham & Dr Ellen Dyer

    23/03/2020 Duración: 12min

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  • Flood Prediction with Dr Louise Arnal

    16/12/2019 Duración: 28min

    In this podcast, we hear from Dr Louise Arnal, a Flood Forecast Product Designer at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) on the advancements that have been made in flood prediction and how it can help policy makers when making decisions about adaptation and resilience measures. @ArnalLouise @ECMWF

  • Climate & banking: Chaitanya Kommukuri, Yes Bank.

    11/10/2019 Duración: 13min

    Financial institutions around the world are beginning to wake up to the reality that climate change will have material impacts on their loan and investment portfolios. Since the Financial Stability Board's Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) released its recommendations in 2017, banks and other financial institutions have been working to understand how climate risks impact their businesses. Mich of the focus of these efforts has been in the EU and North America, however trail-blazing banks in other parts of the world are also taking action. In this conversation on climate change adaptation, we speak with Chaitanya Kommukuri, Yes Bank's Vice President of Climate Strategy and Responsible Banking, to learn about the steps it is taking to understand, manage and respond to climate risk.

  • Climate & Law: Wynne Lawrence and Nigel Brook: Clyde & Co

    01/08/2019 Duración: 21min

    In this Acclimatise Conversation on Climate Change Adaptation, we speak with Clyde & Co lawyers Wynne Lawrence and Nigel Brook, about the emerging field of climate liability risk and the pioneering work that the firm is doing to advise its clients about how to respond. In September 2015 the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, gave his seminal 'Tragedy of the Horizon's' speech, to the insurance market at Lloyd's of London. In it, he highlighted the severe threats posed by climate change to the financial system and warned the problem risked being ignored because of institutional near-sightedness. "The classic problem in environmental economics is the 'tragedy of the commons'... but climate change is a tragedy of the horizon," Carney said, "We don't need an army of actuaries to tell us that the catastrophic impacts of climate change will be felt beyond the traditional horizons of most actors. It will impose costs on future generations that the current one has little direct incentive to fix." The hor

  • Climate and law: Sarah Barker, Special Counsel and Head of Climate Risk Governance at MinterEllison

    01/07/2019 Duración: 28min

    Climate change is increasingly being understood as an issue of financial risk to corporates. This has brought the issue to the attention of corporate lawyers like Sarah Barker, Special Counsel and Head of Climate Risk Governance at MinterEllison, the largest commercial law firm in the Asia Pacific. For over six years, Sarah has been a leading voice in the field of climate risk governance for business. As climate change is now widely accepted as a financial risk issue, it necessarily enlivens established legal frameworks around corporate management and disclosure of climate risk. In this Acclimatise Conversation on Climate Change Adaptation, Sarah Barker talks us through why it is so important, from a legal perspective, for businesses to govern for the financial risks associated with climate change.

  • Climate and law: Marcela Scarpellini: right. based on science

    20/06/2019 Duración: 11min

    Climate change and its impacts cause hundreds of billions of dollars of damage each year. As the scale of losses increases, so too will the number of legal cases apportioning blame to those most responsible. There have already been over one thousand litigation cases related to climate change, a number that is expected to rise dramatically as climate change continues, and legislation and regulations increase. However, there is another factor driving the number of legal cases: advances in climate science and the tools to interpret it. When it comes to litigation, it is important to be able to identify some sort of loss, and also attribute that loss to the actions, or non-actions, of a legal entity. In the past, it has been difficult to apportion blame for climate change impacts to individual companies or governments. It has also been difficult to argue that their failure to act to build resilience to climate change constitutes negligence that has led to a specific loss. However, as the science of climate chang

  • The Green Climate Fund in Guyana: Janelle Christian, Head of the Office of Climate Change, Guyana

    24/07/2018 Duración: 07min

    Climate change is already having serious impacts for Guyana, 90% of the population live on the coastal plain, less than 1 meter above sea level. 75% of the country's economic activity also takes place in this region. In 2005 Guyana suffered a catastrophic flood, which affected over a third of its population and cost over 60% of the country's GDP. Tackling climate change is, therefore, an urgent necessity for Guyana, but cutting greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate impacts requires investment. To help with the cost of responding to climate change the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has been established under the UNFCCC. But what exactly is the GCF? who can access it? and how will it work in Guyana? To learn more we spoke with Janelle Christian, Head of Guyana's Office of Climate Change.

  • Tourism in the Caribbean: Samantha Bray, Center for Responsible Travel

    14/06/2018 Duración: 12min

    The relationship between climate change, environmental degradation and tourism is a complicated one. On the one hand, tourism can be an environmental stressor, with tourists flocking to sometimes fragile environments and the sector accounting, by some estimates, for as much as 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. On the other hand, tourism is often one of the most important economic drivers of climate-vulnerable nations, bringing investment to regions that has helped them to increase their overall climate resilience. Nowhere are these tensions more apparent than in the Caribbean. With 50 million visitors per year, it is the most tourism-dependent region on earth. At the same time, the island nations that make up the Caribbean archipelago are some of the most climate-vulnerable countries on Earth. In this episode of the Adaptation Conversation, we speak with Samantha Bray, Managing Director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), which recently published a book series exploring the relationship betwe

  • Hurricane Irma: Angela Burnett, Author of The Irma Diaries

    25/05/2018 Duración: 13min

    In 2017 the Caribbean was struck by a series of hurricanes, the largest of which, hurricane Irma, was the strongest open Atlantic storm on record. Irma's peak wind speeds reached 180mph as it caused catastrophic damage to the islands of Barbuda, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla and the Virgin Islands. Today we hear from someone who experienced the full force of Irma first-hand. Angela Burnett, a lifelong resident of the British Virgin Islands was working as the territory's climate change officer when Irma struck, but even having experienced severe hurricanes in the past, she was deeply affected by the storm. To draw attention to those living, as she does, on the front lines of climate change, Angela embarked on a mission to tell the stories of the survivors and how it has changed them. After a process that saw Angela work late into the night by candlelight, make clandestine trips to write at a local sewage treatment works and face armed police barricades, Angela's book 'The Irma Diaries: Compelling

  • Climate finance: Stacy Swann on blended climate finance

    11/06/2017 Duración: 16min

    In this episode of Acclimatise Conversations on Climate Change Adaptation, we speak with Stacy Swann, CEO of Climate Finance Advisors, a Washington DC-based firm that works specifically on climate finance and specialises in blending public and private finance to catalyse climate change investment. We learn how blended finance can help to boost investment in climate resilience projects, providing private investors with a multi-trillion dollar investment opportunity. The world's infrastructure is in need of an upgrade. Our changing climate means that existing and new infrastructure needs to be climate resilient. The OECD estimate that US$ 70 trillion of infrastructure investment is needed by 2030, just to maintain current levels of GDP growth. As well as investing in climate resilient infrastructure, we also need to build infrastructure for resilience - that is the flood walls, early warning systems and ecosystems that will protect us from the impacts of climate change. But these investments require large am

  • Disaster Risk Reduction: Dr Robert Glasser head of the UNISDR

    23/05/2017 Duración: 11min

    Natural disasters take many forms, from floods, to landslides, from extreme heat to massive storms. Planning for these disasters used to be a matter of looking at similar events that happened in the past. However, climate change is beginning to change all that. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) estimates that 9 in 10 natural disasters are linked to the climate. With climate change, extreme events are becoming more severe, frequent and uncertain. Recently the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) has celebrated its first birthday. The SFDRR lays out ambitions plans to cut disaster losses – but climate change could throw a spanner in the works. As the climate warms we can no longer rely on the events of the past to help us to predict what disasters will look like in the future. So how is the disaster risk reduction community responding to this challenge? Last week, Dr Robert Glasser, the newly appointed head of the UNISDR, joined Will Bugler, Acclimatise

  • Ports: Marc Eisma, Port of Rotterdam

    10/05/2017 Duración: 10min

    In the previous episode of Acclimatise Conversations on Climate Change Adaptation we spoke with Isabelle Ryckbost of the European Seaports Association to find out about what ports were doing do adapt to climate impacts. One of the climate leaders that Isabelle mentioned was the Port of Rotterdam. In this episode, we investigate what steps Europe's busiest seaport has put in place to make sure that it is resilient in the face of a changing climate. To learn more we caught up with Marc Eisma, advisor at the environmental management department of Rotterdam Port Authority.

  • Ports: Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation

    25/04/2017 Duración: 09min

    Ports are vital hubs in global trade networks, linking all of the goods transported by sea with land-based industry and consumers. They are also vulnerable to climate change and its impacts. To find out how ports in Europe are responding to climate change Acclimatise spoke with Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation. Speaking in the wake of her keynote speech at the recent NavClimate conference, Isabelle explains that climate risks to physical port infrastructure are only part of the story when it comes to building the climate resilience of European ports.

  • Climate change through a lense: Ashley Cooper, Environmental Photographer

    05/04/2017 Duración: 10min

    Ashley Cooper is the only person on earth to have photographed climate change and its impacts on every continent on the planet. He has spent the last 13 years, capturing thousands of images that show the devastating effects and captivating beauty of climate change. Now for the first time, Ashley has collected 500 of his best images and released them in a book "Images From a Warming Planet". Learn more about his book at Ashley spoke to Acclimatise on a bright and sunny morning from his home in the Lake District.

  • Wastewater: Johannes Cullman, Head of Climate and Water, World Meteorological Organisation

    21/03/2017 Duración: 08min

    Climate change impacts on water are well documented, from floods to droughts hydrological climate impacts affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people around the world. One aspect of the issue that is, perhaps, less well reported is that of climate impacts on wastewater. In an effort to correct this, the UN has made wastewater its theme for this year's World Water Day. The issue of wastewater and water reuse is becoming increasingly important. The vast majority of wastewater entering the natural environment untreated, and with millions of people, mostly in developing countries, forced to drink wastewater that is contaminated with human faeces, the issue has serious implications for health and development. The recent UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a target for reducing by half, the amount of wastewater that enters the environment untreated by the year 2030. But what can be done to achieve this? And how might climate change impact wastewater treatment and reuse? To find out more Accli

  • Climate finance: Paul Steele, Chief Economist, International Institute for Environment & Development

    15/03/2017 Duración: 15min

    Delivering climate finance to fund local-level adaptation is a difficult challenge. In our latest Conversation on Climate Change Adaptation, Acclimatise spoke with Paul Steele, Chief Economist at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Paul, explains that just 10% of international public climate finance reaches the local level. This is particularly concerning for adaptation initiatives, which are heavily dependent on funding reaching the local-level programmes and projects. This is complicated by the fact that there is currently a very poor level of good data available about how much climate finance makes it to the local level. “The bottom line is… we need more accountability and transparency around climate finance.” Paul said, “there is a lot of tracking about the amount of international public finance goes from North to South, but in terms of how much of that money is reaching the local level, there’s no clear data.” Paul and IIED call on G20 finance ministers to set targets

  • Climate risk and urban boundaries: Sasank Vemuri, staff consultant to the Asian Development Bank

    26/07/2016 Duración: 07min

    Sasank Vemuri is an urban development specialist living in Manila, the sprawling capital of the Philippines. Working for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as part of the team managing the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) Sasank knows a lot about financing climate resilience projects in urban areas. Sasank's experience working in peri-urban areas has also shown him that climate risks that affect cities can originate many miles away in upland valleys and hills. In our latest Conversation on Climate Change Adaptation we speak with Sasank who explains that as climate risks are not confined to the city limits, solutions designed tackle them must not be either.

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