Tag: risk analysis

The Sixth Extinction?

Here an article from the old box, but still up to date, from the hand of  for The New Yorker. Subtitle: There have been five great die-offs in history. This time, the cataclysm is us.

“The town of El Valle de Antón, in central Panama, sits in the middle of a volcanic crater formed about a million years ago. The crater is almost four miles across, but when the weather is clear you can see the jagged hills that surround the town, like the walls of a ruined tower…

Of the many species that have existed on earth—estimates run as high as fifty billion—more than ninety-nine per cent have disappeared. In the light of this, it is sometimes joked that all of life today amounts to little more than a rounding error.

and

Once a mass extinction occurs, it takes millions of years for life to recover, and when it does it generally has a new cast of characters…”

Read more >

 

Scientist warns: ‘it will still take years to heal’

The Guardian

The lessons of a landmark moment in climate research have not been learned.

It is popularly viewed as one of the greatest environmental success stories of modern times. Exactly 30 years ago, UK scientists announced they had discovered a hole in the ozone layer in the atmosphere above Antarctica.

The hole threatened to spread, allowing increased levels of cancer-causing radiation from the sun to reach the ground. Within a few years of the discovery it was agreed to set up the Montreal Protocol, which banned the manmade chemicals responsible for depleting ozone in the upper atmosphere. Read more >

Malta failing in climate change preparation

November 9, 2008, Times of Malta

Malta has failed to prepare a plan on its climate change impact, vulnerability and adaptation – unlike other Mediterranean countries that “have prepared quite extensive climate change assessments”, according to the European Environmental Agency.

In a report entitled ‘Impacts of Europe’s changing climate’, the EEA states that the Mediterranean is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change.

The report is based on 40 key indicators and stresses the consequences of observed and projected changes, including an increased risk of floods and droughts, losses of biodiversity, threats to human health and damage to economic sectors such as energy, transport, forestry, agriculture, and tourism. Read more >

European freshwater systems at risk

Chemical pollution of European waters is stronger than anticipated

Source: The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Large-scale study shows: Ecological targets of the Water Framework Directive will presumably not be met.

“Substantial improvements in freshwater quality by 2015 have been a declared objective of the EU member states, manifesting itself by the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). A recent study conducted by the Institute for Environmental Sciences Landau together with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and fellow scientists from France (University of Lorraine and EDF) and Switzerland (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology – EAWAG) shows that this target is unlikely to be met due to the high levels of toxicants in the water bodies. One of the reasons: current measures for the improvement of water quality do not account for the effects of toxic chemicals. The study demonstrates for the first time on a pan-European scale that the ecological risks posed by toxic chemicals are considerably greater than has generally been assumed.

Up to now environmental authorities and parts of the scientific community have considered toxic chemicals to be rather a local problem affecting only a few bodies of water. The current study, however, reveals for the first time on a large scale the ecological risks emanating from chemical toxicants for several thousands of European aquatic systems. Chemical toxicity represents an ecological threat to almost half of all European bodies of water, and in approximately 15% of cases, the biota in freshwater systems may even be subject to acute mortality.” Read more >

 

 

Dossier sur la Sécurité Informatique

Le magazine l’Essentiel du CIG Grande Couronne consacre un dossier à la Sécurité Informatique des Collectivités. Le fichier PDF est disponible ici (en téléchargement libre).

“la Gendarmerie Nationale et ancien élu d’une ville de plus de 100 000 habitants, est expert en Intelligence économique et sécurité des systèmes d’information. Dorénavant, maître de conférences au Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), il enseigne les fondamentaux de cette science à l’ENA, l’ESSEC et à l’EM Normandie.

Auteur des ouvrages Intelligence Economique et Collectivités territoriales : des stratégies innovantes pour une meilleure valorisation des territoires et Les collectivités territoriales face à la Cybercriminalité, il pointe du doigt la fragilité des systèmes d’information des collectivités. Rémy FÉVRIER a accordé un entretien à L’essentiel afin de nous éclairer sur les risques et la vulnérabilité de collectivités face à la cybercriminalité.”

Rendez-vous en page 6.  >>

Rising activity in the Arctic

The Arctic Council is becoming increasingly important and must be subject to better control

Source: Riskrevisjonen

Climate change and increased accessibility poses significant environmental challenges in the Arctic. – Rising activity in the Arctic makes cooperation in the Arctic Council increasingly important. The Council can become more effective with better controls, organisation and reporting, says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss.

The investigation shows that the Arctic Council suffers from impractical organisation and management of the work is deficient as regards priorities, financing and reporting. For instance, the Council’s working groups function differently as regards mandate, activities and performance.

Read more >

Europe debates risk to bees

By Daniel Cressey for Nature

“Across the globe, hives of honeybees are dying off in a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. Among the proposed culprits are pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are supposed to be less harmful to beneficial insects and mammals than the previous generation of chemicals.

Debate over neonicotinoids has become fierce. Conservation groups and politicians in the United Kingdom and Europe have called for a ban on their use, but agricultural organizations have said that farmers will face hardship if that happens. Next Monday, European governments will take a crucial vote on whether to severely restrict or ban three neonicotinoids.” Read more >

Enterprise Risk Quotient and Supplier Risk Quotient

Source: ETHISPHERE  

“Risk Management from a New Perspective” Ensuring that the most pertinent risks to the viability of an organization are being addressed adequately is critical to an organization’s success. Many organizations have some form of a risk management program to help them manage and mitigate risks; however, understanding whether their program employs best practices and whether risks are being addressed adequately can be difficult without measuring effectiveness. More >

Risk Response Network

Source: World Economic Forum

“The World Economic Forum launches the Risk Response Network on the opening day of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. The world has fundamentally changed and this new reality calls for more foresight and collective action to address a broad range of global risks.

The network will address concerns about widening economic inequalities and failed global governance systems underpinning a raft of other interrelated risks ranging from financial governance to cybersecurity and resource scarcity. Uniquely placed to catalyse a collective response to this new landscape, the World Economic Forum is launching the platform to better understand, manage and respond to these complex and intertwined risks.”

Download press release Risk Response Network

  • 1
  • 2

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Want to stay updated about everything related to PRIMO & developments in Risk Management? Sign up for our Newsletter.

© All rights reserved.
PRIMO.

Member information

Follow Us