Normative approach to risk management for insurers

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 29 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41558-021-01031-8

Private insurance is a key component of strategies to manage physical climate change impacts, but existing scenarios used by insurers are not well suited to making business decisions. We call for a complementary normative approach, based on business objectives, that delivers actionable information to decision-makers.

Carbon loss from forest degradation exceeds that from deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 29 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41558-021-01026-5

Carbon loss from forests occurs through deforestation or the degradation of existing forest. The loss of forest area in the Brazilian Amazon was higher in 2019 than following drought and an El Niño event in 2015, yet degradation drove three times more biomass loss than deforestation from 2010 to 2019.

Disturbance suppresses the aboveground carbon sink in North American boreal forests

Nature Climate Change, Published online: 29 April 2021; doi:10.1038/s41558-021-01027-4

Disturbance regimes from fire, drought, harvest and insects will probably intensify in the future and under climate change. Despite partial offsets from regrowth, disturbance from fire and harvest reduces carbon uptake and storage in boreal forests, impacting the strength of this carbon sink.

Ohio industry, business groups want specifics in Biden’s climate plan

Paige West, Environmental Anthropologist, Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

A Q&A with the anthropologist, who plans to continue her work supporting Indigenous land stewardship in Papua New Guinea and is also working on a new book.

Experts Issue Urgent Call for Action After ‘Our Planet, Our Future’ Summit

Support pollinators this spring with flower ‘billboards’

Fire Season Heats Up, Toxic Threats Increased

Talking to. water experts about the developing drought in the US west – which scientists say is part of a larger pattern of “acidification” due to climate change. The current drought is actually a continuation of a pattern, partially natural, exacerbated by human emissions, that has deepened since the beginning of this century, and is […]

Biden Addresses Climate, Infrastructure

If you missed Joe Biden’s speech last night, on the occasion of his 100th day in office – it was cogent, urgent, ambitious, and possibly historic, if the vision for climate action translates to action. Above, remarks specific to climate, but climate as a theme was woven throughout the address – below, as part of […]

Biden Interior nominee questioned on past work for fossil fuel industry