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Archive for January, 2012

Climate Change and Financial Risk

By Kieron L Jones, on 31 January 2012

The policy discourse on climate change has tended to focus primarily on mitigation in order to reduce carbon emissions and minimise a global temperature rise. However, with growing evidence pointing to a likely global average temperature rise of more than 2ºC, possibly within decades, it is apparent that future efforts also need to focus much more seriously on adapting to the effects of climate change that are now inevitable.

This event will consider the financial risks associated with climate change adaptation, or the lack thereof. It will address potential scenarios of climate change and adaptation, and explore the degree of awareness among business leaders and policymakers of the risks presented by a changing climate.

Through a particular focus on water, the event will address some of the specific financial risks of climate change in more depth. It will investigate the financial and business risks of both flood and drought, including the challenges facing the continued operation of business, and increasing and unpredictable insurance exposure to such risks.

The event will also reflect upon the actions that businesses will need to take in order to adapt to changed circumstances brought about by climate change, and the role of policymakers in mitigating the associated risks and establishing the appropriate policy frameworks.

Speakers

Rob Bailey, Senior Research Fellow for Energy, Environment & Resource Governance, Chatham House
Dr Sarah Bell, UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Darius Campbell, Head of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, DEFRA
Dr Julien Harou, UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Lisa Horrocks, Project Director for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, AET Technology
Professor Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical & Climate Hazards, Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre
Bill Peck, Head of Corporate Planning, Aon
Bob Piggott, Head of Group Contingency Risk, HSBC

The event will be chaired by Julian O’Halloran, BBC.

Organised by UCL Public Policy in conjunction with Aon

5pm, 1 March 2012

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Wilkins Building
UCL
Gower St
London
WC1E 6BT

Followed by a drinks reception in the South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, UCL

To register for this event or to read more about UCL Public Policy, please see our website.

Newly acquired books

By Kieron L Jones, on 9 January 2012

Performance auditing : contributing to accountability in democratic government / edited by Jeremy Lo
Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, c2011.
PUBLIC POLICY H 97 LON

Room, Graham.
Complexity, institutions and public policy : agile decision-making in a turbulent world / Graham Roo
Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, c2011.
PUBLIC POLICY H 97 ROO

Lipsky, Michael.
Streel-level bureaucracy : dilemmas of the individual in public services / Michael Lipsky.
New York : Russell Sage Foundation, c2010.
PUBLIC POLICY HV 41 LIP

Political communication in European parliamentary elections / edited by Michaela Maier, Jesper Strö
Farnham : Ashgate, c2011.
PUBLIC POLICY JA 85 MAI

Global crises and the crisis of global leadership / edited by Stephen Gill.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
PUBLIC POLICY JC 330 GIL

Keen, Steve.
Debunking economics : the naked emperor dethroned / Steve Keen.
London : Zed, c2011.
ECONOMICS A 11 KEE

The legacy of the crash : how the financial crisis changed America and Britain / edited by Terrence
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
ECONOMICS J 44 CAS

Lybeck, Johan A., 1944-
A global history of the financial crash of 2007-10 / Johan A. Lybeck.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
ECONOMICS J 44 LYB

Kahneman, Daniel, 1934-
Thinking, fast and slow / Daniel Kahneman.
London : Allen Lane, 2011.
ECONOMICS R 40 KAH

Guthrie, Gary L.
Mathematics of interest rates and finance / Gary L. Guthrie, Larry D. Lemon.
London : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2010.
ECONOMICS R 11 GUT

Egypt Elections Watch

By Kieron L Jones, on 6 January 2012

 

Egypt Elections Watch – in association with Ahram Online, the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University). This has excellent introductions to election laws, profiles of parties and key figures along with maps, legislation and links to key news feeds and facebook pages (many in Arabic). It is a good complement to Egypt Votes which aims to encourage quality reporting by young Egyptian journalists. It is jointly financed by the Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade Canada and the German Federal Foreign Office. Some of the site is in Arabic, but the left-hand pane has interesting current comment.
Source: LIS-SOCIALSCIENCE@JISCMAIL.AC.UK