Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
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Climate Risk

As the dual quests to transition to a post-carbon economy and adapt to a warming planet continue, humanity urgently needs new approaches to managing climate risks.  

Climate change poses multiple, interacting risks to the well-being of humans and the environment, including higher sea levels, warmer seas, extended periods of extreme heat, and an increase in the frequency and severity of catastrophic weather events. Additional global warming is only expected to intensify these risks. Meanwhile, many new decarbonization technologies bring uncertainty in reliability and risk.

Nicholas Institute experts are creating new resources and developing purposeful partnerships across the public sector, private sector, and civil society to reduce risks and increase the resilience of communities and ecosystems. Among other efforts, Nicholas Institute experts are working with leaders from the insurance and finance industries—both of which have unique capabilities to address risk—to identify how they can help communities counter climate threats.


Heat Policy Innovation Hub

The Heat Policy Innovation Hub brings together scientists and communities to develop and deploy innovative policy solutions that reduce the impacts of extreme heat on human health and well-being.

Climate Risk Analytics and Insurance Innovation in North Carolina

This pilot program explores how insurance industry tools and innovations could help North Carolina communities protect their people and economies from climate threats.

CIRCAD - Center for Innovation in Risk-analysis for Climate Adaptation and Decision-making

CIRCAD seeks to bring together experts from academia and the insurance, finance, and data service sectors to develop innovative climate solutions.

Resilience Roadmap

The Resilience Roadmap makes recommendations for how to build greater climate resilience in the United States through federal action.