Risk Metrics Climate Change Resource Center
Resource by RiskMetrics Group
Review by Erin Weber
Issue 3 Spring 2010
The Climate Change Resource Center is a virtual library that is connecting readers with critical information, enabling them to recognize and articulate the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. The Resource Center features research articles, analysis reports, podcasts and regular blog posts. The RiskMetrics Group, a consultancy for financial institutions, compiles and regularly updates the content featured in the Resource Center. The Climate Change Resource Center was established with the goal of providing financial investors with risks and opportunities to consider when evaluating whether or not to finance companies and initiatives.
The Climate Change Resource Center also fills needs beyond its intended financial audience. The content can inspire the design of climate-safe solutions based on the challenges and risks presented in the reports and articles. The content also introduces outside resources such as the Water Footprinting Network, which is working on establishing standards by which to measure water usage. The article entitled A Watershed Moment: Calculating the Risks of Impending Water Shortages, uses Coca-Cola as a case study to illustrate opportunities for decreasing water usage and offer solutions which could possibly inspire innovative design managers to redesign current processes.