Business action on climate change unpostponable

 
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The "unpostponable" action of companies to mitigate the effects of climate change, should be considered as the first priority, "not an option", because it is threatening the profitability of companies, said  a group of business experts in Panama on Wednesday, May 30

The problem was discussed at the celebration of the V Sustainability Forum "Profitability of business in the face of climate change, impact, solutions and opportunities", held by the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama (AmCham).

The president of AmCham, Miguel Bolinaga, said that in addressing the risks created by climate change, "we feel we are contributing to the development of a more just, humane society, sensitive to issues that we cannot leave to discuss tomorrow."

Gerardo Herrera, general director of Marsh's advice for Latin America and the Caribbean, detailed a recent global report on risks caused by climate change, which measured the trends caused around biodiversity, the water crisis and "low perception that exists about digital risk."

He emphasized that the "risk of corruption has grown exponentially" in Latin America, according to the study conducted by Marsh in partnership with another global risk measurement center and higher education entities.

The thirteenth study developed by Marsh stated that "the extreme climate appears as number one" in the concern for the productivity of companies and cited as an extreme example the ravages of hurricane María ten months ago on Puerto Rico, because  it was said that there were less than 100 deaths and today it is shown that there  were more than 4,000.

"That only shows that they did not want to see" the situation " ...and that happened in the United States," he said ironically, adding that in 2018 there is in Latin America "greater awareness of biodiversity" and its impact on daily life.

Another effect of climate change is "involuntary migration", added to "social instability". "It's a priority issue, not a future issue," he said.

Everything has also been "complicated" with the expansion and diversification of the Internet in different platforms, which multiplies the cyber risk, and noted that the development of artificial intelligence should be on the agenda of all states so that "it does not create differences "between nations.

Steve Tochilin, general manager of Environment and sustainability of Delta Airline; Leonardo Veintemilla, Sales Manager of Maersk Lines; and Álvaro Uribe, from the Directorate of Urban Planning of Panama Metro, shared the actions they adopt in their daily work to mitigate the risk of climate change by seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This is due to the decrease in fuel consumption by the Maersk fleet, or Delta's better use of airplane fuel and the solution by doubling the mass transit capacity of the Panama Metro.

The idea is to "eliminate the problems to accelerate world trade," suppressing the use of paper in paperwork, and thus contribute to preserving forests, for example, Tochilin said.

The goal is to achieve by 2020 the reduction of 30 percent of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

Cities like the capital of Panama, that concentrates e half of the four million inhabitants of the country, should replicate the capacity of transport of passengers with a network of eight metro lines while it "reframes" the urbanization, at the moment "disconnected" because housing developments become walled.

All these realities impact the logistics development expected by a country because this is based "on interconnection," Uribe said.



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Richard Charron

Yes of course these organizations should concern themselves with and spend their resources on the nothing burger called climate change of which they have absolutely no control. That's fine because the businesses that tend to business will simply gobble them up. As to procreation there is no need for education because a larger and larger percentage of today's millennials can't even decide which sex they want to be let alone create any offspring. If they were going to create more snowflakes it's probably just as well. I have a feeling you would be comfortable if we were still living the depression years of the 20s and 30s. As I read your post I can't help but think of how prescient Orwell actually was. Big brother will tell you how many children you can have and when you can have them.

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eugenie

it is encouraging to hear a pro-business organization express concern for issues regarding climate. one of the first and simplest things the Chamber must do to validate it's concern, is to support procreation-limiting education. regardless of which environmental problem you consider, they all start with over population, over consumption, and creation of more waste than what is sustainable.

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FormerRepublocrat

Whoever the anonymous author is, he or she alleged that a business group said something on May 30. The article is clearly undated. No study is identified other than vague terms with no dates, no methodology, no authors. Like most progs, it talks a lot, calls a few names, plays the race card, all with no substance whatsoever.

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Richard Charron

I concur. The term "kick something to the curb" as you explain does not actually mean kicking something but is merely a term commonly used for getting rid of something. As to de-hyphenating Americans, this should have been done long ago. As a child, because of my heritage, I was referred to as a Franco-American and had friends who were called Italian-Americans. Neither of these terms are commonly used today as they shouldn't be. I believe the terms Afro-American has also outlived its usefulness and should be discontinued. BTW I think Candace Owens is a rock star. Perhaps with a few more like her and Kanye we can begin to educate minority "communities" that they are no longer "communities" but are part of the general population.

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mhogan

When the Left has no argument, they deflect with words like "racist". Besides trying with rhetoric to make you feel guilty "kick [Puerto Ricans] to the curb" and other examples , they also see racism in everything, even when it does not exist. I support the movement to de-hyphenate Americans and applaud recent positive actions by Candace Owens, Ebbie Banks, Kanye West, et al. Canadians don't hyphenate (except French-Canadians) their nationality but they have a whole slew of problems now under Liberal leadership. Anyone notice the similarities between Canada's leadership and the Dims of the U.S.? All feelings, no brain!

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Richard Charron

Your premise that I and or President Trump are Alt-right Racists is flawed. Please let us know how, other than in the MSM which freely throws these words around, does the President or myself conduct ourselves as racist. I do what you won't do and that's call people out for what they are regardless of their ethnicity or race. If the people of PR won't get off their lazy asses, throw out the bums that have decimated that country, and rebuild that beautiful piece of real estate into paradise and I call them out for it that doesn't make me a racist. The only road to Armageddon is the one followed by you snowflakes and fortunately you are quickly becoming a smaller minority on a daily basis. We are simply not going to allow political correctness to take over common sense without a fight.

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observer

The "article" is dated May 30, and in the second paragraph the "report" names the source. With reactions like yours and the increasingly more Neanderthal viewpoints of Charron, who has clearly identified himself with the Trump Altright racists, we are surely headed to Armageddon. Whatever happened to real Republicans with moral standards, or did they never exist?

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Bob

mhogan go back to Canada...really don't care what you think about PR.

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mhogan

Ain’t gonna change how a vast number of continental Americans view PR especially in light of their apparent and blatant corruptive views and wont for handouts from their centralized (main continent) citizens. “Kick them to the curb” is a typical over-exaggerated phrase designed to elicit feelings of guilt. Maybe we should make “reparations” for this injustice as well. Hell, while at it and on top of the 150 year old injustice to American blacks, let’s include every so-called injustice to everyone except straight, white, working whites. It’s the Liberal thing, like the AT&T ad — “their THING”

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mhogan

But, it’s a hoax that makes elitists rich—er!

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Richard Charron

Yes I do and if I had my way I would kick California back to Mexico.

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Banjaxed

Regardless of what you or others think Puerto Ricans ARE American citizens. Yet you think it's a good idea to "kick them to the curb". Interesting.

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Richard Charron

If they concentrated all this wasted effort on running their businesses instead of this phony politically correct issue du jour, they would be far ahead of the curve. As to Puerto Rico and the lack of coverage / empathy it is important to point out that many people do not even think about PR as being part of the U.S. and therefore don't think about it at all. Many American citizens would love to see the U.S. just kick PR to the curb and let them deal with their own self administered financial problems instead of burdening the U.S.

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FormerRepublocrat

The article has no author and no date. It cites studies with no names, done by anonymous that prove nothing. It reference unsubstantiated rumors, but no facts. It is just more empty hot air about global cooling, warming or the fence riding catch-all, climate change. You can call a hoax by any name, but it is still a hoax.

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