Businesses Acting on Rising Seas

American Sustainable Business Council

Overview: The American Sustainable Business Council represents more than 165,000 businesses nationwide and advocates for sustainability in the economic sector.

How to Use This Resource: Businesses suffer significant losses because of climate change, which inflates healthcare, energy and transportation costs. The organization has initiatives in Massachusetts and South Carolina to unite business owners around adaptation to rising seas.

Adaptation Strategies and Adaptation Mitigation Nexus

Asian-Pacific Adaptation Project

Overview: The Asian-Pacific Adaptation Project is an organization within the United Nations Environmental Programme, working to build climate change resilience in Asian nations.

How to Use This Resource: This archive holds reports, news updates and data on adaptation strategies in the Asian-Pacific region.

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Overview: The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is a network of international cities that share information and collaborate on climate change action. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a key funder.

How to Use This Resource: The site’s database allows journalists to search among participating cities for adaptation and other initiatives. Its research menu provides access to extensive reports, case studies and data, including on adaptation and on low carbon emissions in cities.

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Climate News Coverage

Overview: Mashable is a global media company that caters to the digital generation. It reports 45 million monthly unique visitors and 25 million social followers.

How to Use This Resource: Mashable’s climate coverage is led by Science Editor Andrew Freedman, one of the most prolific climate reporters in the United States. He covers breaking climate news, writes long-form analyses, and digests complex data on climate change. He publishes on a daily basis.

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Climate-Smart Planning Platform

World Bank

Overview: The Climate-Smart Planning Platform, from the Climate Policy and Finance Department of the World Bank, assists developing country policymakers with low carbon growth and climate resilient development by connecting them to relevant tools, data, and knowledge.

How to Use This Website: Journalists can use this PDF to understand the challenges of planning for climate adaptation, to collect World Bank sources, and as a gateway to World Bank data on climate and weather data by region or sector.

Connecting People to Build Inclusive Urban Climate Change Resilience

The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network

Overview: The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network works to contribute knowledge, create resources, and promote agendas to build inclusive urban climate change resilience.

How to Use This Resource: Journalists will find an archive of reports, research and data on the progress of climate change adaptation in developing Asian nations.

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Finance Research and Data

Inter-American Development Bank

Overview: The Inter-American Development Bank provides financial and technical support for countries in South and Latin America to reduce poverty and inequality  in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.

How to Use This Resource: Journalists will find reports and data on adaptation finance in Latin and South America.

Global Sustainability and Resilience

The Wilson Center

Overview: The Wilson Center is a non-partisan policy forum that addresses global issues through independent research to draft actionable policy recommendations.

How to Use This Resource: The Global Sustainability and Resilience Program is an overarching initiative that combines the ongoing efforts of the Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, China Environment Forum, Maternal Health Initiative, and Urban Sustainability Laboratory. There is extensive research, access to experts and events. Regular updates are found on the blog.

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Low Carbon Transformation Research

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Overview: Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership is a University of Cambridge institution that publishes scholarly articles on issues of global concern with a strong focus on climate change.

How to Use This Resource: This archive of reports and scholarly articles focuses on the need to adapt to cleaner energy sources and details initiatives taking place in the financial sector.

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ND-GAIN Global Adaptation Index

The University of Notre Dame's Environmental Change Initiative and Climate Change Adaptation Program

Overview: The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (GAIN) researches strategies for increasing resilience in climate change-vulnerable communities across the globe.

How to Use This Resource: The GAIN index maps the world’s climate change readiness based on water, food, health infrastructure data on every continent.


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Regional and Country Profiles


Overview: Eldis is an information service publishes diverse research on development issues worldwide.

How to Use This Resource: This database is an excellent resource for current reports on financing climate change adaptation in the developing world.

Research on Adaptation and Vulnerability Database

The Stockholm Environmental Institute

Overview: The Stockholm Environmental Institute is an independent research institute that analyzes and proposes sustainable policy at local, national, regional and global policy levels.

How to Use This Website: The Stockholm Environmental Institute regularly archives their reports on the financial elements of adaptation and sustainability.

Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change to the United States

The Risky Business Project

Overview: The Risky Business Project is an independent assessment of the economic risks posed by a changing climate in the United States. It is the product of economic research firm Rhodium Group, which specializes in analyzing disruptive global trends, led by project co-chairs former New York Major Michael R. Bloomberg, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and philanthropist Tom Steyer.

How to Use This Resource: This extensive and high-profile financial risk-assessment report outlines a range of potential negative impacts if climate change adaptation lags for each region of the United States, as well as for selected sectors of the economy. More extensive reports have since been released on the Midwest, Southeast and California.

Seizing the Global Opportunity

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Overview: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is an independent think tank, commissioned by Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom, to address the financial concerns caused by climate change.

How to Use This Resource: This report explores initiatives that would result in both stronger economic growth and a better climates in developing countries.

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The Climate Group

The Climate Group

Overview: The Climate Group is an international nonprofit that advocates for a low carbon energy economy.

How to Use This Resource:  The Climate Group develops climate finance mechanisms and business models which promote innovation, and supportive policy frameworks which are available on this site.


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Climate Adaptation: Seizing the Challenge

World Economic Forum

Overview: The World Economic Forum is an independent, international organization that collaborates with decision makers in the political and business spheres to shape global policies.

How to Use This Resource: Sub-Saharan African nations are among the most vulnerable to climate change and the least ready to adapt, according to this World Economic Forum report. Journalists will find data on the climate change and economic factors that weakens these nations.

Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons From Urban Economics

NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management

Overview: The NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management specializes in urban economies research, their reports feature important data on how climate change influences urban markets.

How to Use This Resource: This paper develops a dynamic model for measuring the contributions urban residents and businesses make to readying their cities for climate change.


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Climate-Resilient Development: A Framework for Understanding and Addressing Climate Change

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Overview: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers investigates, develops and maintains the nation  environmental resources.

How to Use This Resource: This toolkit offers a  five-stage program for policymakers and developers to help them assess climate risks and prioritize climate-resilient action.

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Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Overview: Bloomberg Philanthropies is a nonprofit led by Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, that promotes municipal climate change adaptation.

How to Use This Resource: Journalists interested in innovative city responses to climate change should examine Stockholm’s biochar project and Houston’s new recycling technology.

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Resilient pathways: The Adaptation of the ICT Sector to Climate Change

UN Agencies

Overview: Three United Nations Agencies – the International Telecommunications Union, UNESCO and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – collaborated on this report, which calls for updated policy on climate change policy.

How to Use This Resource:  This report explores the impacts of climate change on the information and communication technology sector, the potential for adaptation, and recommends new standards that need to be developed in order to protect economic growth.

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Africa’s Adaptation Gap: A Technical Report

United Nations Environment Programme

Overview: The United Nations Environment Programme represents the environment within the United Nations system.

How to Use This Resource: Africa’s Adaptation Gap Report is a stark analysis of where Africa stands in relation to its adaptation goals. The continent serves as a cautionary indicator of what may happen should the emissions gap remain.

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Climate Change and the Small Business Sector

Small Business Majority and the American Sustainable Business Council

Overview: Small Business Majority is a network of 12,000 small business owners that conducts polling, focus groups and economic research to better inform policy makers about the concerns of their constituents. The American Sustainable Business Council represents more than 165,000 businesses nationwide and advocates for sustainability in the economic sector.

How to Use This Resource: To illustrate how American businesses are responding to climate change, this report presents six case studies from a wide range of sectors, including roofing, retail, tourism, landscape architecture, agriculture, and small-scale manufacturing.


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How Climate Change Action is Giving Us Wealthier, Healthier Cities

The Carbon Disclosure Project and C40

Overview: This Carbon Disclosure Project report surveyed 110 municipal governments worldwide to research the effect of climate change action on cities. It found it would enhance the municipalities’ economies, as well as the health of their residents.

How to Use This Resource: Journalists will find data on the municipal governments: which policymakers are addressing climate change, what they are doing, and how their efforts are working. The study found 91 percent of cities believe cutting greenhouse gas emissions will improve their economies, 55 percent are combatting climate change by promoting walking and cycling, and more than 75 percent of cities reported that their action will improve the health of their residents.

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Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding: Strategy Stronger Communities, A Resilient Region

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

Overview: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Hurricane Sandy  is a federal agency that oversees disaster relief funding and investment in resilient infrastructure.

How to Use This Resource: This report has extensive data on Hurricane Sandy’s impact on Connecticut, Maryland,  New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and the Shinnecock Indian Nation. It also clearly outlines the strategies federal government has taken and will take to repair and strengthen the coastline’s infrastructure.

Natural Disasters: Saving Lives Today, Building Resilience for Tomorrow

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Overview: The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is an international research organization based in London that campaigns for sustainable policies worldwide.

How to Use This Resource:  The rapid increase of people living in cities and is worsening the world’s susceptibility to natural disasters. This report details the ramifications of that susceptibility and makes economic and policy recommendations to improve urban resiliency.

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Overwhelming Risk: Rethinking Flood Insurance in a World of Rising Seas

Union of Concerned Scientists

Overview: The Union of Concerned Scientists is an independent consortium of scientists and advocates that work to develop and promote sustainable policies worldwide.

How to Use This Resource: As sea levels and flood risks rise, coastal development and a growing population put more people in harm’s way. This report studies how flood insurance reform can better manage growing risk.

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The Plumbing of Adaptation Finance: Accountability, Transparency, and Accessibility at the Local Level

World Resources Institute

Overview: The World Resources Institute is a global research organization that focuses on the critical elements of achieving sustainability worldwide.

How to Use This Resource: This report analyzes adaptation financing in Nepal, the Philippines, Uganda, and Zambia to examine how much finance is available within developing countries and whether the needs of the most vulnerable are being met.

Which Coastal Cities Are at Highest Risk of Damaging Floods?

The World Bank

Overview: The World Bank is an intergovernmental financial institution based in Washington D.C. that fights poverty by providing loans to developing countries, sponsoring research and promoting policy change worldwide.

How to Use This Resource: The cost of urban losses from flooding in coastal cities will rise 850 percent in 50 years, according to this World Bank report. Its findings are summarized in this article, which includes a link to purchase the full report. The report is part of a series,  “Turn Down the Heat,” that looks at expected rises in sea level and their impact on vulnerable regions around the world.

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Business Risk Assessment and the Management of Climate Change Impacts: Eight Philippine Cities

World Wide Fund for Nature

Overview: The World Wide Fund for Nature is an international conservation organization working to reduce the impact of human activity on the environment and wildlife.

How to Use This Resource: Journalists will find extensive reporting on the business of funding climate change adaptation in the Philippines.

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Population Dynamics, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development in Africa

The African Institute for Development Policy

Overview: The African Institute for Development Policy is an an African-led nonprofit, established to help bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice in the areas of population change, public health, and the environment in Africa.

How to Use This Resource: Sub-Saharan African nations need more funds to combat climate change, but weak political systems make it difficult to channel those funds where they are needed. This report analyzed the data and found that improving health, schooling, and economic opportunities would greatly increase the continent’s capacity to adapt.

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