Ben has worked on climate adaptation for 10 years, with a focus on developing systems to manage climate risks, and a particular interest in the water sector. He leads GCAP's climate screening work. Follow him @bdp_smith on twitter.

Making the case for investing in adaptation

Sustainable house

There have been a slew of announcements this year which all point to one thing: business has figured out that there’s a lot of money to be made in the transition to a Green Economy. Be it record low costs for solar and wind energy, huge commitments to clean energy in both China and India, announcements from Volvo and BMW that herald the beginning of the end for petrol and diesel cars, or climate commitments from investor after investor, the message is clear. The momentum being generated as the global economy creaks into gear with the aim of decarbonisation means that the picture with regards emissions is brighter than it has been for years. And, while this shift has been encouraged by important policy commitments on reducing emissions, it is being driven by the fact that the economics make sense and there is money to be made from the transition – making the change we are currently seeing much faster and more sustainable than it would otherwise be.

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To adapt, we need to get the fundamentals right

Houston floods

As Houston and Louisiana start the long recovery process following Hurricane Harvey, and the Caribbean and Florida brace for Hurricane Irma, I’m reminded that in order to even start thinking about adaptation we need to get the fundamentals right.

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The Adaptation Academy 2017

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For the past week we’ve welcomed participants to our 8th Adaptation Academy, in Oxford. As ever it’s a diverse group, with expertise ranging from downscaled climate modelling to community engagement and participation to national and international climate policy.

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weADAPT is 10!


In previous lives both Tom and I were involved in founding weADAPT, which is run by our friends down the road at SEI Oxford. Amazingly, weADAPT is now celebrating 10 years as an online platform for sharing knowledge, tools and case studies around climate adaptation!

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Find us at ECCA 2017!


We'll be at the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Glasgow this week, mostly in the Business and Innovation sessions. We're excited to be pitching in the Resilience Innovation Challenge on Wednesday, and looking forward to seeing old and new faces! Hoping for lots of stimulating conversations and good discussion around our work on Private Markets for Climate Resilience. See you there!