Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A climate change vulnerability index

A press release for a climate risk assessment tool, via Market Watch: The newly released Maplecroft Climate Change Risk Report includes the first-ever climate change vulnerability index and a set of best-to-worst rankings for more than 168 countries worldwide. It identifies the world's highest carbon dioxide (CO2) emitters as well as those countries most and least vulnerable to climate change. The report finds many of the world's biggest CO2 emitters are also the countries least vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Despite being the biggest emitter, the United States is the 12th least vulnerable to climate change. And Canada is "the best haven from climate change". At the same time about 75% of the 20 nations most vulnerable to climate change are found in Africa, the continent with the lowest CO2 emissions.

The report incorporates an innovative new approach to measuring climate change risks and ...
-- Is an ideal tool to help government and company decision-makers ensure climate change vulnerability is included in planning and strategy as well as to assist in mitigating the impacts of climate change.
-- Includes detailed country scorecards and analysis of climate change vulnerability and risks in 168 countries.
-- Includes GIS maps of climate change vulnerability at a sub-national level - providing insight into high risk cities, towns or regions as well as the impact of climate change on business operations and value chains....

3 comments:

TheEnergyLady said...

This has to be the most important and significant work published. Publication is timely as the world wakes up to reality. (Except for President Bush).

Is this study to be public knowledge or just for industries with a vested interest?

Anonymous said...

The report is available to the public. Go to www.maplecroft.com for more information

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