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Stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and organizations, discussion and commentary of new trends in private sector development, and the latest events and publications.

Is global climate change good for business?

By Steve Wilson

In addition to increasing temperatures and rising sea levels, global climate change represents a complex exercise for the great majority of businesses, which must frame the meaning, the costs, and the business and investment opportunities associated with this ongoing phenomenon.

COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco

By Steve Wilson

The UNFCCC’s COP22 will take place in Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016, the focus of which is to bring action to last year’s historic Paris Agreement and have countries ratify their agreements by identifying INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) and NAPs (National Adaptation Plans).  While this official process will be discussed inside the official UN Blue Zone, numerous simultaneous side events are taking place outside, organized by UN agencies, multilateral development organizations, civil society and ONGs, research institutions, think-tanks, and other stakeholders, offering discussions on topics that range from energy efficiency and green infrastructure, building bridges between market-based approaches and climate financing institutions, de-carbonizing transport, Water-Energy-Food (WEF) frameworks, among many others.  See more at

The Challenge and the Opportunity of Private Sector Climate Resilience

By Steve Wilson

How does the private sector anticipate and build climate resilience in the face of increasing risks, such as cyclonic winds, flooding and storm surge, drought, heat waves, sea level rise and wildfires?  Answering this question depends very much on whom you ask. In public policy circles, private actors are often characterized as relatively unconcerned about the threat of climate change, more focused on short-term financial results, and discounting climate risk as an issue in the distant future. 

The market for climate resilience: Hidden in plain sight?

By Steve Wilson

Households, businesses, and communities everywhere are vulnerable to a growing array of risks related to climate change. These risks arise as a result of climate variability, caused primarily by the long-term emission of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide. Climate risks are manifold: floods, drought, extreme winds, heat waves, sea level rise, invasive pests, and wildfires, among others. Understandably, extreme weather events such as hurricanes and major floods receive the most attention. But longer-term, incremental changes (such as in temperature and precipitation patterns) can be at least as costly and can threaten our very survival—endangering our food supply, water and energy security, health, businesses, livelihoods, and human settlements.

Financial Innovation in Climate Resilience at Proadapt Conference

By Steve Wilson

The financial sector is undergoing a transformation in the area of climate finance.  Despite rapid change in technologies, policies and relative fossil fuel prices, markets are now able to identify and assess financially attractive projects in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Climate resilience, on the other hand, confronts investors with major uncertainties regarding the timing and magnitude of climate-related damages that complicate financial calculations and risk management practices.