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Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts

– How could Earth’s changing climate impact socioeconomic systems across the world in the next three decades? A yearlong, cross-disciplinary research effort at McKinsey & Company provides some answers.


A Mediterranean basin without a Mediterranean climate?

– The Mediterranean’s signature climate drives tourism and agriculture in the region. What impact is climate change likely to have?

Can coastal cities turn the tide on rising flood risk?

– Coastal cities are on the front line of flooding. Two very different cities, Ho Chi Minh City and Bristol, help illustrate variations... in risks and approaches to adaptation.

Thomas L. Friedman: An interview with Mother Nature

– The New York Times foreign affairs columnist shares what the environment can teach us about thriving in an age of disruption... in a conversation with James Manyika.

How technology is reshaping supply and demand for natural resources

– The ways we consume energy and produce commodities are changing. This transformation could benefit the global economy, but resource... producers will have to adapt to stay competitive.

Resource revolution: Tracking global commodity markets

– Commodity prices, though off recent peaks, still reflect emerging-market demand, a challenging geology, innovative technology,... and improved resource productivity.

Game changers: Five opportunities for US growth and renewal

– Five catalysts can reignite the US economy—opportunities in energy, trade, technology, infrastructure, and talent development... can add hundreds of billions of dollars to annual GDP and create millions of new jobs by 2020.

Resource revolution: Meeting the world’s energy, materials, food, and water needs

– Resource prices are rising and becoming more volatile. Without a resource revolution, we all face the prospect of damage to global... growth, welfare, and the environment.

Averting the next energy crisis: The demand challenge

– Global energy-demand growth is expected to flatten in the short term but will rebound with recovery. Indeed, there is potential... for liquids-demand growth to outpace that of supply—risking a new spike in oil as soon as 2010 to 2013, depending on the depth of the economic downturn.

Fueling sustainable development: The energy productivity solution

– By choosing more energy-efficient cars and appliances, and selecting lower-energy-consuming production technologies, developing... countries could cut their annual energy-demand growth by more than half over the next 12 years.

Capturing the European energy productivity opportunity

– With energy-efficiency standards in Europe set higher than in many other regions, European companies are in a strong position... to make large energy-cost savings and innovate lucrative new markets in energy-efficient technologies and services, attracting worldwide demand.

The carbon productivity challenge: Curbing climate change and sustaining economic growth

– Meeting commonly discussed greenhouse gas abatement paths by 2025 while maintaining economic growth will require a tenfold increase... in "carbon productivity," the amount of GDP produced per unit of carbon equivalents emitted.
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