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Navigating climate change in perilous times: Insights from the IPCC for building a resilient local economy and business community
Bruce will outline key findings from recent IPCC reports, especially the new report entitled: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. This report concludes with a call to action: “The cumulative scientific evidence is unequivocal: Climate change is a threat to human well-being and planetary health. Any further delay in concerted anticipatory global action on adaptation and mitigation will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.”
Furthermore, it points out that: “Societal choices and actions implemented in the next decade determine the extent to which medium- and long-term pathways will deliver higher or lower climate resilient development.” At the media release of the report, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said: I have seen many scientific reports in my time but nothing like this … this is an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership.
These are gloomy, even frightening statements. This address outlines the main findings of recent IPCC reports. It then asks two key questions: What do the IPCC findings mean for our local economy and business community? What can be done to enable more climate resilient development in these perilous times?
Bruce has worked as a government official, policy advisor and academic, mainly in South Africa, USA and New Zealand. He is a pioneer in integrating scholarship on coastal governance, natural hazards planning and climate change adaptation and in bridging gaps between science, policy and practice.
He played a key leadership role in the IPCC’s 6th Assessment (2016-2022), has co-edited six books, written over 100 scholarly publications and over 100 technical reports.
Bruce led the team that produced South Africa’s White Paper on Sustainable Coastal Development (2000) described as “the world’s first bottom-up Integrated Coastal Management policy.” Formally as the EQC Chair in Resilience and Natural Hazards Planning at Massey University, Bruce established the field of natural hazards planning in Aotearoa. He was co-chair of Future Earth Coasts (2016-2019) and is Editor-in-Chief of Ocean & Coastal Management.
Prior to Massey, Bruce was a founding partner of an environmental consulting firm and advised on a wide range of diverse issues. He has advised many governments, regional and international bodies and developed training, capacity building and professional development programmes for people across the globe.
He also provided guidance for UNESCO and UN member nations on community-based coastal hazard risk reduction (2021).
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