Data ReFined #14: How Tourism & Retail Companies Benefit from Physical Climate Risk Assessments

Curated industry news regarding climate risks, climate data, and regenerative finance. This edition highlights two case studies for Aegis, showcasing how our physical climate assessment platform can help companies in tourism and retail.

Data ReFined #14: How Tourism & Retail Companies Benefit from Physical Climate Risk Assessments
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August is one of the busiest months for holidays, making it a critical period for many companies in the tourism industry. However, not all tourist hotspots have been great holiday destinations this year.

Taking a European view, heat waves along the Mediterranean, wildfires in Greece, and floods in Slovenia have severely impacted tourism. These climate perils have been devastating for hotels, campsites, restaurants, and other businesses in the hospitality sector.

Physical Climate Risk Assessment for a Leading Hotel Chain

We recently published a case study showing how Aegis, our new physical climate risk assessment tool, can help major hotel chains take a proactive stance toward the impact of various climate perils. We conducted a climate risk assessment with over 1500 locations.

Read more via the link below!

Case Study: Climate Risk Assessment for Tourism
The tourism and hospitality industry is directly exposed to climate risks. As the economic impact of climate events continues to escalate, executives are increasingly urged to consider climate-related disruptions in their decision-making and business planning. dClimate leverages its extensive repo…

Physical Climate Risk Assessment for a Major Retailer

To showcase the versatility of Aegis, we also conducted a physical climate risk assessment with over 2500 locations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico belonging to one of the biggest North American retailers.

You can see the results of this assessment via the write-up linked below!

Case Study: Climate Risk Assessment for Retail
The retail industry faces extreme climate risks across its supply chains and executives are pressured to consider these risks in their decision-making. dClimate, a data-driven climate solutions ecosystem, utilizes its extensive climate data to develop solutions that address emerging climate needs, p…

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If you are interested to learn more about how Aegis can provide insights for your business, please visit the product page and sign up to receive early access to our comprehensive climate risk evaluation platform.

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Industry News

Financial Institutions and Climate Risks

Pension funds have investment horizons of multiple decades and should therefore consider changing climate patterns. According to a report by Carbon Tracker, financial institutions such as pension funds and banks use incorrect or biased climate risk models, which can lead to significant issues.

"Widespread reliance on flawed research means a huge disconnect between current investment decision making, which assumes relatively trivial impacts from climate change, and the likely real-world effects of global warming."

Read the full article below for more details.

Millions of pensions at risk because investment consultants overlook threat of climate tipping points
Financial institutions, banks and politicians misled by ‘flawed’ economic research LONDON/NEW YORK, 27 July– Pension funds are risking the retirement savings of millions of people by relying…

The Climate Risk Management Space is Set to Grow

Any organization planning for the long term needs to account for the various aspects of climate risks. This can be physical risks such as acute or chronic climate events as well as transition risks, including changes in regulatory, political, and legal frameworks. The article linked below details what this means and how innovative climate (fin)tech companies can play a role.

"The convergence of a huge addressable market, a supportive regulatory environment and rising demand from corporates and investors means that the climate risk management space is set to grow further."

Why is climate risk management rising up the agenda of investors? - Maddyness UK
Paul Morgenthaler, Managing Partner at CommerzVentures asks Why is climate risk management rising up the agenda of investors?

Housing Insurance and Climate Risks

This 12-minute video from PBS Terra provides a valuable overview of the critical issues regarding U.S. housing insurance and increasing climate risks.

Surface Air Temperature for July 2023

Copernicus has published their monthly update report of global air temperatures, shining light on the warmest month on record.

"Globally, July 2023 was:

  • 0.72°C warmer than the 1991-2020 average for July
  • the warmest month (July or otherwise) in this data record
  • warmer than July 2019, the second warmest month on record, by the unusually large margin of 0.33°C
  • around 1.5°C warmer than the average for 1850-1900."
Surface air temperature for July 2023

IBM, NASA, and Hugging Face Collaborate to Open Source Foundation Model for Geospatial Data

The open-source AI foundation model developed by NASA and IBM can analyze geospatial data up to four times faster than other deep-learning models while needing only half the amount of labeled data.

"IBM fine-tuned the model to allow users to map the extent of past U.S. floods and wildfires, measurements that can be used to predict future areas of risk. But with additional fine-tuning, the model could be redeployed for tasks like tracking deforestation, predicting crop yields, or detecting and monitoring greenhouse gasses."

IBM open sources the largest NASA AI model on Hugging Face | IBM Research Blog
It aims to widen access to NASA satellite data and accelerate climate-related discoveries.

Brazil's New Climate Policies Reduce Deforestation of Amazon Rainforest

Since President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is leading Brazil, rainforest deforestation has been significantly reduced. According to preliminary government data, deforestation fell 34 percent in the first half of 2023 compared to a year ago. The goal of President Lula is to completely eliminate deforestation of the Amazon rainforest by 2030.

The deforestation rate grew by 75% from the previous decade under Bolsonaro, Brazil's former president. Current deforestation rates are at the lowest level in six years.

Bar chart showing lower deforestation rates in 2023 compared to 2022 across most months from January to July
Source: BBC
Amazon deforestation at six-year-low in Brazil after plunging 66% in July | CNN
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell by 66% last month compared to July 2022 and is now at its lowest rate in six years, according to preliminary data released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) on Thursday.

Using Climate Data to Forecast 2023's Hurricane Season

This long read, including numerous data visualizations, provides an extensive overview of this year's hurricane season. The observed marine heatwaves off the coast of Florida can significantly affect the intensity of the hurricanes later this year.

Hurricane Season 2023 forecast: How could the hottest-than-ever North Atlantic Sea Temperature contribute to tropical activity as we head toward the peak months?
El Nino means less tropical activity, but Hurricane Season 2023 could take advantage of record high North Atlantic waters, lead to more intense storms.

New Youtube Series about Extreme Weather Events

Yale Climate Connections has launched the first episode of its new Youtube series, which dives deeper into the climate science of extreme weather events. The first episode covers hurricanes. You can find the video in the article below.

Introducing new Eye on the Storm YouTube series on extreme weather » Yale Climate Connections
Meterologist Alexandra Steele wants to make climate change and weather relatable to everyone.

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Voluntary Carbon Market Landscape Guide

Our partners at the Climate Collective, in collaboration with RMI, published a detailed report about the Voluntary Carbon Market.

The guide explores the key issues and potential solutions, such as digital MRV technologies and Web3 infrastructure, that can help to increase the quality, integrity, and transparency of voluntary carbon offsets.

Download the report here.

Renewable Energy Credits

Jasmine Energy's platform and marketplace for renewable energy credits (RECs), also known as energy attribute certificates (EACs), is now live! Check it out here.

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