The market for climate resilience: Hidden in plain sight?

The market for climate resilience: Hidden in plain sight?

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.
miércoles, 11 de mayo de 2016/Author: Steve Wilson/Number of views (15219)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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¿Por qué el cambio climático representa una oportunidad para el sector microfinanciero?

¿Por qué el cambio climático representa una oportunidad para el sector microfinanciero?

En una reciente entrevista, la Secretaria Ejecutiva de Naciones Unidas para el Cambio Climático, Christiana Figueres, mencionó 3 razones por las cuales un mayor número de empresas han decidido abordar el cambio climático:

  • Por qué la continuidad de sus negocios se ve amenazada de no hacerlo
  • Por qué tomar acción es rentable en su balance final
  • Por qué nos movemos inevitablemente hacia una sociedad baja en carbono, por lo que tomar la iniciativa ahora les dará ventaja competitiva
jueves, 22 de octubre de 2015/Author: Alma García/Number of views (5251)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

The energy, water, and climate 'win-win-win-win' solution

What normally comes to mind when thinking about the nexus between energy, water and climate change?  Probably things like energy-efficient water pumps, solar panels for water purification, or methane recovery in wastewater treatment plants - all routinely discussed in conferences and seminars around the world, and featured in the scientific literature grappling with climate change mitigation and water scarcity issues.

martes, 20 de enero de 2015/Author: Filippo Berardi/Number of views (16467)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Private sector finance for the communities most impacted by climate change


To date, many of the important discussions about climate change have focused on national level challenges - strengthening national government departments, building climate smart infrastructure, setting national GHG emissions targets - which are critical given the magnitude of the climate challenge. But here at the MIF we view climate change from the lens of our clients: small firms and farms, and poor and low income families. Our challenge is to translate global and national conversations to the individual communities by providing training and finance for clean and efficient energy, making communities more resilient and identifying new business opportunities. 

lunes, 23 de junio de 2014/Author: Carrie McKellogg/Number of views (8672)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

International climate finance: the role of the MIF

October 27

The Copenhagen and Cancun accords of 2009-10 represent key milestones in the international discussion on climate finance, as they set quantitative targets for the volume of financial resources developed countries will need to make available to fund the needed shift to a lower carbon economy. With those agreements, developed countries jointly committed to mobilize 30bn in ‘fast-start’ finance for the three year period 2010 to 2012, and 100bn/year thereafter, to finance climate mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries. With the period to pledge fast-start finance now closed, and as advanced economies start focusing on how to mobilize $100bn/year by 2020, we at the MIF have been working to ensure that finite resources are spent in an effective, yet timely, manner.

jueves, 2 de mayo de 2013/Author: Filippo Berardi/Number of views (11880)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating