Infrastructure networks are so complex and interlinked, that in reality we are looking at a chain of chains. And yet, as in all chains, the key to resilience lies in strengthening that weakest link, and valuing the ability to be nimble, says Resilience Shift Board member Peter Chamley
Resilience is a cross cutting element of the UN’s sustainable development goals – from access to clean water and energy to creating sustainable cities and communities. Improving infrastructure resilience is critical in creating the world we want says Resilience Shift board member and Arup’s Global Sustainable Development Leader, Jo da Silva, DBE.
The UK has commitments in place to reduce carbon emissions to 0% by 2050. However to achieve this, carbon reduction needs to be embedded in the planning, design and whole life of assets. Engineers have a key role to play in enabling this to happen by understanding how climate change affects their roles in terms of mitigation and adaptation. WFEO committee member Davide Stronati examines the climate change position in the UK.
Kenya has experienced an increase in droughts and floods in the last few years due to the effects of climate change. WFEO Engineering and the Environment committee member Christine Adongo Ogut looks at how climate change is affecting Kenya, and what is being done to reduce carbon emissions in the latest WFEO climate stories blog curated by ICE.
How do you measure resilience? The Resilience Shift talks to resilience pioneer, Dr Murali Chandrashekaran, about why people do the things they do, and the need for a human-centred approach to resilience – along with solid data to support it.
In France, 83% of citizens view climate change as a major threat, although an unusually high proportion (20%) think it is already too late to stop the worst effects. In our latest WFEO Climate Stories blog Lylian Coelho Ferreira, WFEO Committee member, looks at how climate change is affecting France, and what the home of the Paris Convention on Climate Change is doing to tackle carbon emissions.
The second largest country by area, Canada is starting to feel a range of climate change effects. As part of our WFEO Climate Stories series, curated by ICE, Darrel Danyluk and David Lapp look at the situation in Canada and how you tackle climate change in such a large and diverse landmass, and why local responses are key.
The call to action is clear, but how do you make change happen? Peter Hall is one of those helping to reshape Wood as it evolves further towards embedding sustainability and resilience across everything it does. He tells us about the journey so far.