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  • In 2018, 4,969 high impact companies were asked to provide data about their efforts to manage and govern freshwater resources through CDP. In total 2,114 companies responded, up from 1,432 in 2016.This data is used by 650 institutional investors, representing US$87 trillion in assets to engage with portfolio companies, inform investment decisions and...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Saturday, 23 March 2019
  • While investors are paying more attention to climate change, there is a lack of granular data designed to support financial decisions. Climate science can provide improved indicators and metrics to help investors better manage physical climate risks. This report presents the first results of the ERA4CS-JPI Climate project ClimINVEST aimed at co-designing...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Friday, 22 March 2019
  • Eight years after the start of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and two years after the Japanese government lifted evacuation orders in areas of Namie and Iitate, radiation levels remain too high for the safe return of thousands of Japanese citizen evacuees.This report summarizes information from Greenpeace’s latest extensive radiation...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Friday, 22 March 2019
  • The Madden-Julian oscillation (MJO) is a weather phenomenon that leads to intense rainfall between March and May, originating from the Indian Ocean and vanishing in the western Pacific. Because of climate change, it may turn into a major threat in the region in the form of intense rainfall and higher flood risk.
    PreventionWeb News on Friday, 22 March 2019
  • With the impending start of the next wildfire season, California's utility sector is racing to upgrade its technological capabilities, using artificial intelligence, fire watching cameras and other systems to reduce risk. But more technological advancements and information sharing are needed.
    PreventionWeb News on Friday, 22 March 2019
  • The impact of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe demonstrates the need to develop better awareness and emergency preparedness tools to strengthen the resilience of local communities to the impact of disasters. The two editions of UN Environment's 'Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level' handbook are vital...
    PreventionWeb News on Friday, 22 March 2019
  • A new analysis reveals that 75 percent of companies have shown greater awareness of exposure to substantive water risks, including drought. Despite this, there has been an almost 50 percent rise in the number of companies reporting higher water withdrawals, and there were U.S. $38 billion in water-related financial losses in 2018.
    PreventionWeb News on Friday, 22 March 2019
  • Indonesia's Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya, has announced that the country is developing disaster mitigation technology that officials will place in tourist destinations. The technology will improve the competitiveness of Indonesia's tourism industry, helping the country advance its position in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index.
    PreventionWeb News on Friday, 22 March 2019
  • Traditional infrastructure systems worldwide rely on built solutions to support the smooth and safe functioning of societies. in the face of multiplying environmental threats, this approach alone can no longer provide the climate resiliency and level of services required in the 21st century. Natural systems such as forests, floodplains, and soils can...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Friday, 22 March 2019
  • This report summarizes the key findings of research done through a literature survey and field visits to Mabi between November 2018 and January 2019, after CWS Japan responded to a flood event in the town. It aims to study and understand important lessons from this flood disaster, focusing on the ten most important issues.The Western region of Japan...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Friday, 22 March 2019