Seminar keynote speaker Danish climate scientist and TV weatherman Jesper Theilgaard told risk managers that they should not regard climate change as a disaster so terrible that nothing could be done to reduce or mitigate its impacts. “The biggest risk in dealing with climate change is to treat it as Doomsday and think there is nothing we can do about it. It is very important when we talk about climate change that it is not as a Doomsday scenario but as risks and opportunities,” he said.
Theilgaard gave the Seminar an overview of many inter-related ways that the emission of greenhouse gases is continuing to change the environment from more extremes of weather, higher sea levels, toxic air pollution and the migration of disease agents and crop pests. There are, he advised, certainly enormous risks but also great opportunities in developing long-term mitigation and local adaptations to these changes. Continue reading
Danish climate scientist and TV weatherman Jesper Theilgaard has told risk managers from some of Europe’s leading companies that they should not treat climate change as a “Doomsday” scenario. Instead, he said, they should look for the business opportunities in helping to mitigate the possible impacts and make local adaptions to the changing environment. Continue reading
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“No risk manager can be unaware of the issues of climate change,” says Helle Friberg, a member of the board of the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) and chairman of the programme committee for the 2014 FERMA Seminar. Continue reading
Jesper Theilgaard is a familiar face in Denmark and increasingly in other parts of Europe. By background, he is a meteorologist and worked for the Danish national weather service. But as weather science started to get more model-oriented, he decided it was not as enjoyable as before, and in 1990 he became a television weatherman. “That I enjoyed a lot,” he said. Today, however, he is less often in front of the cameras with the forecast, but more as a commentator on the climate, and that is what he will be discussing at the FERMA Seminar. Continue reading