Small and young businesses disproportionately bear the costs of climate change

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Report provides eye-opening new insights into the demographics of commercial victims of climate change. Young firms, which comprise not only the lifeblood of many communities but are central to national economies, do not insure against what they consider to be less frequent, extreme events, and are therefore, disproportionately bearing the costs of the vagaries of weather resulting from climate change.

With the frequency and severity of extreme weather events and unseasonal weather increasing as a result of climate change, Weather & Economics has reported on the far-reaching effects to a wide range of sectors, including agriculture (particularly for farmers of citrus fruits, avocadoes, cocoa, viticulture, and cereals) as well as for the sectors of finance, sporting events, travel, transport, automobile parts, fashion and apparel, construction, food and beverages, and snow removal, to name but a few.

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The Paris climate agreement is ratified – What does this mean for businesses?

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On the heels of the entry into force of the historic Paris agreement on climate change, a legal opinion declares that directors who don’t properly consider the material impacts of climate change on their business risk personal liability for breach of duty. With this, business leaders are inexorably confronted with the need to consider climate change and sustainability risks for their companies, and to price, mitigate, and manage them accordingly. Is your business ready to bring climate change and sustainability to the board?

This past month the world celebrated the ratification of the historic Paris climate change agreement, years sooner than expected, particularly given that is the single largest piece of climate change legislation ever enacted. The agreement, signed by 196 attending parties, achieves a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. It was the outcome of the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Paris from 30 November to 12 December 2015.

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Meteo Protect and BNP Paribas launch innovative solutions for weather risk management

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Meteo Protect, the European leader in weather risk management, has entered into a strategic partnership with BNP Paribas to offer BNP Paribas’s corporate and institutional clients a complete range of weather risk financial management solutions.

Meteo Protect and BNP Paribas today launched a unique and comprehensive range of financial risk management solutions for BNP Paribas corporate and institutional clients. As a result of this alliance, BNP Paribas is the first bank in France to allow its clients to put in place effective financial solutions to manage their exposure to the increasing risk of adverse weather conditions.

BNP Paribas customers may now also access consulting services to assess and manage their weather risks. Meteo Protect’s team of meteorologists, climatologists, quantitative analysts and actuaries will provide BNP Paribas’s customers the means to manage volume, yield and price risks.

“Thanks to this alliance, clients of BNP Paribas whose activity is affected by the weather at any point along the supply chain may now cover against increased costs, offset declines in turnover, or limit the volatility of their financial results from one year to the next,” says Dr. Jean-Louis Bertrand, Director of Research and Development of Meteo Protect.

“This exclusive partnership allows our customers to analyze and better understand their exposure to changing weather. This approach is fully in line with our purpose to serve our clients better by offering innovative services to support the growth of their business in a sustainable manner, “says Mr. Frédéric Rochoux, Head of Business Development Business in Retail Banking in France of BNP Paribas.

How avocadoes became the poster fruit for climate change and unprepared risk managers

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It’s being called an avocado-pocalypse. With rising prices, increased knowledge of the burdens both to farmers and to the environment of farming water intensive crops, and the impacts of the changing environment on all industry sectors, it is time to kiss the guac good-bye? Are avocadoes the tipping point in consumers waking up to the effects of climate change in their day-to-day regime, or are they the poster fruit for businesses and investors with their heads in the sand about the extent of weather risks in their portfolio? Any way you peel them, avocadoes are bringing attention to the contributors, risks, and mitigation strategies risk managers need to consider today.

They are calling it an avocado-pocalypse. Prices of the extremely trendy green fruit have sent shockwaves through hearts (and wallets) around the world. Recently touted as one of the world’s healthiest food, full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, potassium and vitamins B and E, avocados are no longer just the humble base for guacamole. Nowadays, they are spread on toasted bread, replace cheese in a variety of recipes, and are even incorporated into beauty routines as a moisturizer. It all got a bit too much for even the most ardent avocado fans when a video went viral earlier this year demonstrating how to prepare the (inedible) seeds for consumption.

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