2018

Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help

Source: BBC Representatives from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Poland for talks on climate change – aimed at breathing new life into the Paris Agreement. The UN has warned the 2015 Paris accord’s goal of limiting global warming to “well below 2C above pre-industrial levels” is in danger because major economies, including the US and the EU, are falling […]

Emissions Gap Report 2018

Foreword by Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director United Nations Environment Programme “The world is at last beginning to tackle its fossil fuel addiction. Coal is no longer competitive, and wind farms and solar installations are gathering pace – in Australia, northern Europe, China, India and elsewhere. Electric mobility and ride sharing are redefining transport, especially in cities tired of breathing dirty air. Huge strides in energy efficiency are being […]

Daniel Kahneman: Your Intuition Is Wrong, Unless These 3 Conditions Are Met

Emily Zulz | Thinkadvisor At the World Business Forum, Kahneman explained when people can trust their intuitive judgment and when they shouldn’t. Can intuition play a role in investing? According to Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Memorial Prize-winning behavioral economist, no. During a speech given at the World Business Forum in New York City, Kahneman explained when people can trust their intuitive […]

“Human beings are the biggest risk to innovations”

Inaugural lecture Mariëlle Stoelinga. The Dutch have no problem texting while cycling and are happy to install solar panels, but are troubled by nuclear energy and afraid of terrorist attacks. These are just a few situations in which people act and react based on intuition instead of reason. Because looking at the statistics, one can see that a terrorist attack […]

Cyber risk measurement and the holistic cybersecurity approach

McKinsey&Company. Comprehensive dashboards can accurately identify, size, and prioritize cyberthreats for treatment. Here is how to build them. Damaging cyberattacks and streams of suspicious digital communications have made cybersecurity a top concern of the world’s business leaders. So say the overwhelming majority of responding board members in a recent McKinsey survey. Their answers are further evidence that cyber risk is […]

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040

By Coral Davenport | The New York Times. A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.” Read more 

Summary for Policymakers of IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

Incheon, Republic of Korea, October 8 – Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, […]

Value and resilience through better risk management

Source: McKinsey&Company Although the risk environment is growing more perilous and costly, leading companies are blazing a path to resilience and value by embedding strategic risk capabilities throughout the organization. Today’s corporate leaders navigate a complex environment that is changing at an ever-accelerating pace. Digital technology underlies much of the change. Business models are being transformed by new waves of […]

Large potential reduction in economic damages under UN mitigation targets

Source: Nature International climate change agreements typically specify global warming thresholds as policy targets, but the relative economic benefits of achieving these temperature targets remain poorly understood. Uncertainties include the spatial pattern of temperature change, how global and regional economic output will respond to these changes in temperature, and the willingness of  societies to trade present for future consumption. Here we combine historical […]

Why whistleblowers are crucial to risk compliance

Source: Inside Financial & Risk. The role of whistleblowers in UK companies is essential in order to establish a culture of risk compliance. What can firms do to ingrain a whistleblower culture within their firms and to protect the whistleblowers themselves? A recent case highlighted the importance of whistleblowers in UK companies and their role in reporting compliance and risk […]

Insider threat: The human element of cyberrisk

Tucker Bailey, Brian Kolo, Karthik Rajagopalan and David Ware | McKinsey&Company Cyber programs often miss the significant portion of risk generated by employees, and current tools are blunt instruments. A new method can yield better results. Insider threat via a company’s own employees (and contractors and vendors) is one of the largest unsolved issues in cybersecurity. It’s present in 50 percent […]

A decade after the global financial crisis: What has (and hasn’t) changed?

Source: McKinsey&Company The world economy has recently returned to robust growth. But some familiar risks are creeping back, and new ones have emerged. How secure is the global financial system, a decade after the crisis? Great strides have been made since 2008 to prevent a recurrence of the financial crisis and recession that followed. Yet there is more debt than […]

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Source: The New York Times. “This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by […]

Planet at risk of heading towards “Hothouse Earth” state

Stockholm Resilience Center. An international team of scientists has published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) showing that even if the carbon emission reductions called for in the Paris Agreement are met, there is a risk of Earth entering what the scientists call “Hothouse Earth” conditions. A “Hothouse Earth” climate will in the long term […]

Stories of Resilience Courage and Spiritual Transformation

In the aftermath of Maria, Caribbean students at St. Thomas University create short story collection. On April 23, St. Thomas University will be unveiling a rich and diverse short story collection “Student Narratives on Hurricane Maria” written by Caribbean students displaced by Hurricane Maria. Nineteen students, mostly from Puerto Rico and one from the Dominican Republic, came together to share […]

Vlaanderen investeert in expertise in blauwe en diepe energie

De Vlaamse regering maakt 735.400 euro vrij voor het project Blue Accelerator in Oostende. Er komt een testplatform op zee in de nabijheid van de haven van Oostende dat breed inzetbaar zal zijn voor het testen van golf- en getijdenenergie, offshore wind en ondersteunende technologieën zoals drones en rov’s (remotely operated vehicles of onderwaterrobots). POM West-Vlaanderen: “De Noordzee is een […]

Climate of Hope

The 2016 election left many people who are concerned about the environment fearful that progress on climate change would come screeching to a halt. But not Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope. Bloomberg, an entrepreneur and former mayor of New York City, and Pope, a lifelong environmental leader, approach climate change from different perspectives, yet they arrive at similar conclusions. Without […]

Deltares: “Gevolgen versnelde zeespiegelstijging hacken”

Deltares, 18 april 2017. Drie meter zeespiegelstijging binnen honderd jaar en nog eens vijf meter honderd jaar later. Nieuwe studies laten zien dat de Antarctische ijskappen veel sneller voor een zeespiegelstijging zorgen dan eerder werd gedacht. Zulke sterke zeespiegelstijging roept vragen op: zijn er grenzen aan de klimaatadaptatie in de Nederlandse Delta? Waar krijgen we mee te maken als de […]

Using water to create resilient cities

Source: UToday. European project CATCH, with the UT as one of its partners, wants to prepare cities for climate change and resulting extreme weather events – by putting water in the center of urban design. It’s starting with seven pilot cities, where new climate adaptation measures are being tested. Enschede is one of them. >>

Risk and Confidence Survey: taking the pulse of business. Spring ’18

Source: CNA Hardy. ‘Perfect storm’ of risk suppresses confidence Over the past six months there have been some dramatic changes in the risk landscape. Cyber and regulatory risk have pushed political and economic risk off the risk radar. As the frequency and severity of cyber risk increases and oversight, via the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) steps up, so […]

ISO 31000:2018

De nieuwe versie van ISO 31000 werd gepubliceerd op 15 februari 2018.  Er zijn enkele verbeteringen ten opzichte van de vorige versie. Zo zijn onder meer de clausules ‘Framework’ en ‘Process’ beter afgestemd, zijn duidingen waar mensen zich niet comfortabel bij voelden, zoals ‘Level of Risk’, ‘Risk appetite’ en ‘Time frames’ verwijderd en de stappen ‘Risk evaluation’ en ‘Risk treatment’ […]

How to confront uncertainty in your strategy

By Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt, and Sven Smit | McKinsey&Company Lack of certainty about the future is the very reason you need a strategy. Instead, embrace probability. “Predictions are difficult, especially about the future,” quipped Yogi Berra (and, before him, physicist Nils Bohr). This rings especially true for those trying to run a strategy process. Uncertainty is not only everywhere in […]