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Resilience First response to Climate Champions on COP15: Biodiversity Summit

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According to the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report (2020), more than half the world's GDP ($44tn) is at risk of disruption due to nature loss. Nature-positive business models on the other hand, have the potential to generate $10 trillion in annual business opportunities and create 395 million jobs by 2030. Resilience First responded to the Race to resilience Campaign on the significance of COP15 and the role that the UNFCC High Level Climate Champions can play in putting a spotlight on the biodiversity conservation agenda.
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Resilient Mindsets — for a Whole of Society Approach to Resilience

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Personal Resilience is a Mind Set. Most of our formal education and training systems don't produce this quality as a learning outcome in their graduands. If we are to achieve a whole of society approach to national resilience, then we also have to have a 'whole of the person' approach to education, training and learning.
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Professionalising Purpose

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July 2022 was the month that Boris Johnson resigned, and the launch of PAS 808. One gained more press attention than the other. However, whilst Boris is consigned to the backbenches, purpose is gathering momentum. As businesses face an increasingly uncertain 2023, the words of The Purpose Upgrade resonate. “Change your business to save the world. Change the world to save your business”.
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Implications for businesses from the Phase 2 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

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The tragedy that occurred in June 2017 was completely avoidable. 5 years on, there are still important lessons to learn. Resilience First, in partnership with the Fire Protection Association, brought together a panel of industry experts over a live session discussing the outcomes of Phase 2 of the inquiry, the revised regulatory landscape and the implications for businesses. What does the Grenfell Tower Inquiry mean for business from a regulatory and advisory standpoint?
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Business Resilience on Industrial Sites

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An industrial fire, or indeed any major incident will significantly disrupt a business. How well prepared and resilient that business is, will be critical in determining the scale of the impact. In this article, we will look at the effects of industrial fire and what businesses can do to improve their resilience. But first, what do we mean by resilience?
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Resilient Urban Growth – the Greater Manchester challenge

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Decarbonising the world is the defining resilience challenge of the early 21st century. The UK is the fastest decarbonising of the G7 countries with 50% of electricity in the UK last year generated by low carbon sources. 70% of carbon emissions come from urban populations. How will the UK achieve this decarbonisation and how do you make already green city regions like Greater Manchester even greener?
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COP27 in Review 

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The priorities of the rotating Presidency of the United Nations Framework Conference for Climate Change (UNFCCC), this year held by Egypt, included the reduction of emissions, scaling-up of adaptation efforts, enhanced financing and just transition. Resilience First, together with the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure and the Resilience Rising consortium, has proudly supported the Conference with a series of fringe events and the launch of two flagship reports.  
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Launch of New Series of Scientific Reports to Inform & Increase Urban Climate Action

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Today at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, the Summary for Urban Policymakers (SUP) launched a three-volume series of scientific reports to distill the most relevant climate science for urban actors from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Reports (AR6). As a result of a year-long process of co-creation, the SUP reports capture the latest climate science as targeted and accessible messages. It demonstrates how local governments and business leaders can meaningfully accelerate and deepen climate action across the world.
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Why we should all be concerned about ‘white gold’

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As the world moves on from the pandemic, you would hope that life would become easier. Along with worries about energy supply and inflation brought about by the conflict in Ukraine, the pandemic has thrown up real issues around future supply of materials that we’re all going to need in the fight against climate change, and real concerns around what it may mean if demand cannot be met.
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How businesses can embrace EVs in their sustainability efforts

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As increasing numbers of businesses become aware of climate change and what it takes for them to limit its effects on the world around us, sustainability is becoming more of a focus. Transport in particular, is something concerning both individuals and companies – in 2019, this sector was responsible for 27% of the UK’s total emissions.  While consumers are more widely embracing the electric vehicle, it also makes sense for businesses too. In this article, we’re going to focus on the ways in which companies can utilise EVs as part of their overall sustainability strategy, while helping employees and customers alike understand how electric cars are good for the environment.
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Are we in for unrest?

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Significant rises in fuel and food bills across the board in the UK will increasingly bite over the coming year and particularly if there were to be a long, harsh winter. The important question that arises from the cost-of-living crisis is whether pressures could see current industrial unrest over pay escalate into wider social disobedience and even civil disorder. The momentum of campaigns like ‘Don’t Pay UK’ and ‘Enough is Enough’ in one indicator. If a large swathe of the population cannot afford to heat its homes or to feed itself, or both, then wider civil unrest may not be far around the corner.
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Climate Adaptation in the UK – what it means for business

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The UK government is seeking to review its approach to climate change adaptation and is currently consulting with stakeholders on this. The National Adaptation Programme is the Government’s strategy to address the main risks and opportunities identified for England and is reviewed every five years. DEFRA is now in the process of gathering evidence for the next review to be released in June 2023.
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Learning from the Pandemic – were we prepared?

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COVID has taught us that we should always be prepared for an unexpected external shock that will disrupt our normal business operations. Resilience First has been working with our members, CIS Security, on our Operational Resilience guide, focusing on Preparation. The full report is now available but let’s look at some of the key messages that we can learn from their experience of the pandemic and what preparation meant to them.
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Changing work practices and how to cope

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If the pandemic did nothing else, it certainly provided a renewed focus on how we work. For some people, this was a radical change – their home became their office and their private and professional lives became entwined. Now - with COVID still about but not the same restrictions – these workers have fallen into a hybrid situation with often informal guidance on what that means.
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this difficult time. As people around the world are mourning this great loss, we would like to thank Her Majesty for her dedication, service, and extraordinary resilience throughout the seven decades of her reign.
Greater Manchester – a model for resilient urban growth?

Greater Manchester – a model for resilient urban growth?

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Greater Manchester is made up of ten districts which includes two cities, Manchester and Salford. The region has a population of almost 3 million people and represents the biggest economic area in the UK outside of London. It’s been at the core of resilience thinking for the last 20 years and released its own Resilience Strategy in 2021. Its population is predicted to grow by 10% over the next 20 years. This will require around 179,000 new homes in the region by 2037. Can it remain resilient in light of such significant growth and what can other cities learn about urban growth from the Greater Manchester story?
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Collaboration is the key to building climate resilience – Resilience First heads to CW NYC 2022

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As the climate changes, physical risks brought on by heat waves, flooding, wildfires, droughts and hurricanes will have a greater, sustained impact on businesses. Direct damage to assets or supply chain disruption could mean significant financial consequences. Collaboration between the private and public sector has never been more vital for building climate resilience.
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Taylor Swift, Aston Villa, and lessons in ESG

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The recent raid by German police and financial regulators on the offices in Frankfurt of DWS – the majority-owned Deutsche Bank asset manager - has made everyone sit up and take notice of Environment, Social & Governance (ESG). Latest news stories of celebrities and football teams using up carbon for what many feel was unnecessary travel is further example that people are giving a greater green scrutiny to those in the public domain.
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Resilience First joins ICSI's Board of Directors

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Resilience First is delighted to join the ICSI’s Board of Directors, with Tom Lewis as its representative. ICSI is an engineering-led coalition with the aim to make resilience and sustainability a cornerstone of every decision in the infrastructure lifecycle of every community around the globe. Resilience First and ICSI have been working together to speed up the implementation of sustainable and resilient infrastructure.
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IPCC SUP Global Dialogue Convening Wrap-up

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Last week the team at Resilience First, along with a selection of our Champion Members took part in the IPCC SUP Global Dialogue Convening, contributing to future climate action for urban investment worldwide.

Tony Travers, Director of LSE London ended the forum with a thought-provoking speech which highlighted how the increasingly unpredictable climate presents a real test for all cities.

Building Climate Resilient Cities with IPCC AR6 Summary for Urban Policymakers Global Convention

Building Climate Resilient Cities with IPCC AR6 Summary for Urban Policymakers Global Convention

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The first-ever Red Extreme Heat warning was issued in the UK last Friday (15th July) by the Met Office as temperatures were expected to reach 40C in London on Monday and Tuesday. Such temperatures make it extremely challenging for cities and society to cope.

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How to talk in the sweltering heat

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When any emergency strikes at the heart of society, we often need ways of getting information out to as many people as possible. We saw this during recent pandemic lockdowns, and it’s very evident again with the UK’s first ever red heat warning and temperatures expected to approach 40C in southern Britain and across much of western Europe in the coming days.
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Reducing Carbon for SMEs

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There are many reasons for wanting to reduce the carbon emissions from your business. It can enhance your reputation and keep you on the good side of your customers. It can save you money or prepare you for future government policies and regulation. Or, of course, you might just worry about the effects of global warming like the rest of us and want to do your bit.

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London Prepared: A city-wide endeavour

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Resilience First shares the latest thinking on the role of business in managing the response to and the recovery from terrorist activity in the capital. If the capital is to be resilient towards terror activity in the future, then the business community has a critical role to play and needs to work more closely with emergency services to achieve this.
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The next big economic shock?

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Ever wonder what might be round the next corner? Few of us predicted a global pandemic on the scale we’ve just seen. Not that many factored in a Russia-Ukraine conflict into their 2022 planning. There will always be ‘known unknowns’ but it helps to be better prepared.
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Disrupting global supply chains

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As we seek to recover from the pandemic’s disruption to manufacturing and retail, the impact from the Russia-Ukraine conflict is certainly being felt through supply chains and transportation corridors and, of course, through disruption to yields, even temporarily, in food commodities, including wheat and sunflower oil. Now added to this are impacts from China as the country continues to try to achieve COVID-zero status.
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UK government pushes ahead with new energy strategy – what can business expect?

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The UK government has published its much-awaited Energy Security Strategy. With a focus on securing a more resilient UK energy supply free from foreign dependence, and retain the UK’s net-zero ambitions, there was no surprise that the government confirmed its intention to construct eight new nuclear reactors and to make planning systems for offshore wind turbines easier.
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How to Deliver on ESG Expectations?

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Built environment design companies consider a range of resilience metrics within their projects. However, the internal assessment of these factors within the company itself is harder to establish. Although risks can be measured against business operations, it does not capture the full extent of how resilient the company is, or what elements are missing to improve the organisation’s current status.
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Finding innovation to support resilient infrastructure

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Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure is the latest in a series of reports from our partner, The International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI), on sustainable and resilient infrastructure. ICSI’s new Innovation Action Track is designed to profile originality in engineering practice and solutions and support the sustainable and resilient learning for others from these.
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Resilience First reviews latest pressures on UK hospitality sector: What does UK hospitality need to become more resilient?

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Two years on from the UK’s first lockdown, the hospitality sector remains at the forefront of major pressures when one considers the global uncertainty the pandemic continues to generate, the labour and supply fallouts from Brexit, climate change, and now the conflict in Ukraine.
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World-leading engineering firms join forces to advance infrastructure sustainability, resilience and climate action

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Resilience First, in partnership with the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI), has today announced the launch of the Engineering Leadership Group (ELG), a new engagement platform to capture the voice of global engineering firms.
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Green Bonds - the need to address climate change

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On 15 February 2022, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced he was committing £90M to help unlock more than £500M of private sector investment through green bonds. With the move towards green investment and an increasing focus on Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) strategies, green bonds are rapidly emerging as an attractive proposition for many cities, governments, and private companies.
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Summary for Urban Policymakers

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Resilience First is part of a unique collaboration to co-create a Summary for Urban Policymakers (SUP) that will present the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments in accessible and targeted summaries that can help inform action at the city scale. It will be published as a four-volume series over the course of the 2022 calendar year culminating in a report to be released at COP 27.
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Early warnings: learning lessons

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The Kedarnath tragedy in Uttarakhand (India) in mid-2013 highlights lessons around resilience which are still pertinent today. Savin Bansal, as Master's student at UCL, reviews some of those lessons and the need not just for better early warning systems but also the people to put the warnings into practical effect.
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Resilience – from acorns grow

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How can we help improve resilience of young people, knowing that they will become the leaders of tomorrow and wanting the skills and resolve to rise to new challenges. Here are some pointers that may help, pointers that identify the key ingredients of what it takes to be resilient.
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Converting warnings into actions

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As the scale and frequency of severe disasters are likely to increase in the coming years, climate change being just one driver, then it is important to overcome the impediments to inaction and not place an over-reliance on early warning systems to overcome people-centric deficits. A new report sheds light on how to enhance warnings.
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Protect Duty - a further step to legislation

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A Ministerial statement published on 11 January gives the government's position on the outcome of the consultation exercise around any potential 'Protect Duty' legislation to improve security measures that could protect the public from terrorist attacks. Resilience First has been very supportive of the initiative since the beginning and reviews the latest response.
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The rapid advance of AI

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Resilience First, in partnership with Cranfield University and Accenture, will soon be releasing a report on digital resilience that will look at developments to enhance and challenge the resilience of organisations.
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Holding back the water

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With more properties at risk of flooding, certain insurers are adopting new ways to help customers deal with the trauma and the damage. We can expect to see more innovation from the sector as costs rise for all parties.
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Our CEO, Michael Rooney, reflects on Resilience First at COP26

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As with any other year, COP26 has not been without controversy. From charges of a locked-out Global South to ableism to the high carbon footprint of the conference menu, COP26 has attracted significant criticism in the media and on social channels. It’s difficult, too, not to come to the conclusion that the COP has largely become a PR circus, as actors across governments, NGOs, and activism jostle to advance their respective climate change agendas.

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October's newsletter is now out!

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This month’s edition looks at cyber security, organisational resilience, and learning as well as two important features on terrorism in the light of the 9.11 anniversary. It also includes details of the launch of Resilience First’s latest guide for SMEs and our involvement in the Race to Resilience campaign.
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Consequences of Kabul

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Sir David Veness CBE QPM, former Under-Secretary General of the UN Department of Safety & Security, offers his thoughts on the retreat of Western forces from Afghanistan and the possible consequences in terms of terrorist activity.
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Something to watch!

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Recent earthquakes around the Teneguía volcano on La Palma in the Canaries suggest that the mountain is becoming more active. Previous studies have suggested potentially severe consequences should a major eruption occur.
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A Citizens' Army - the ELSC

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The ELSC or Staff Corps is a valuable contribution to the UK's military establishment, proving expertise and skills in emergencies and disasters. As the government looks at a civilian reservist cadre, the ELSC provides an example of a long-standing service.
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If crisis or war comes

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First appearing on the National Preparedness Commission's website, Ed Persson, an Executive Assistant with the Commission has turned his knowledge of Sweden’s preparedness measures into lessons for the UK in an emergency.
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What are the decarbonisation opportunities for the aviation sector and which technologies can help?

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The aviation industry is one of the hardest sectors to decarbonise as no low-emission alternatives currently exist for long-distance flights that can match the speed of air travel. However, technology is emerging that can decarbonise short- and medium-haul flights and help achieve net-zero aviation.
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What are the decarbonisation possibilities for the manufacturing sector and which technologies can help?

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The manufacturing sector is a large part of the economy and decarbonisation will be a major undertaking. Manufacturing has been characterised as a significant source of carbon emissions as it uses a lot of energy and relies on fossil-fuel-burning transportation.
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Adapting to change

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If you haven’t heard of the Choluteca Bridge then you are in the majority. But it is worth learning more as this bridge in Honduras is a symbol for what can happen if we are not prepared to adapt when the world around us changes in profound ways.  
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The prospect of social unrest

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The danger of civil unrest on the back of the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be discounted. A recent report by SAGE outlined some of the risks and challenges for the government, particularly the police. A survey by a student from UCL reinforces the concerns of some and lack of preparedness of others beyond the basic level. A historical perspective is also offered.
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July newsletter is now out!

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The July edition of the Resilience First newsletter focuses on a green, resilient recovery. Several articles from external contributors such as the Environment Agency and UK Green Building Council provide some insights to coincide with London Climate Action Week.
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A second wave?

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The prospect of a second, or even a third, wave of the current Coronoavirus pandemic cannot be discounted. History tells us that we should be alert to a danger which would have a greater or lesser impact and affect a different age group.
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Safer public places

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To help adapt and manage public and green spaces in order to facilitate social distancing, the government has issued guidance on some of the principles to adopt as well as the identification of key issues and management considerations.
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Facing a hot summer

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As this summer may see more high-temperature records being broken, it is appropriate to focus on what events and actions are planned to raise awareness of the 'heat island' effects in urban areas.
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NIC Report - Anticipate, React, Recover: Resilient infrastructure systems

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The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its final report on national infrastructure resilience on 28 May. 'The Commission’s framework provides a road map ... and I urge government, regulators and businesses to consider its lessons and get to work on implementing them.' (Chair, Resilience First)
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Protect Duty

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In the April edition of Professional Security, Resilience First explored the Protect Duty responsibility of government. An update, with a response from the Minister for Security, is provided here.
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Flybe is no more

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The resilience of airlines is being severely tested with a competitive market, the cost of operating and now the hit on passenger numbers with the coronavirus outbreak. The latest casualty is Flybe. It follows the path of Monarch and Thomas Cook. 
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The Coronavirus outbreak - Lessons from SARS/MERS for business

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Introduction

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (designated WN-CoV or 2019-nCoV) originating in China is viewed in the UK as a high-consequence infectious disease and a 'moderate' health risk. It is being carefully monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO) which has now declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. (See Useful References below.)

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Learning Lessons

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The first phase report of the Grenfell Tower inquiry has highlighted the importance of learning lessons so as to avoid other tragedies. This article considers what the broader lessons to be learnt might be.
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Lessons from a crisis

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The October edition of Professional Security magazine features the third of a series of articles on resilience by Resilience First. This item looks at the lessons from Chief Security Officers (CSOs) outlined at a presentation to members on 9 July.
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Airports – the new centre of attention

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With the collapse of Monarch in 2017 and now the demise of Thomas Cook, the travel industry – and particularly airports – is facing unprecedented pressures. The return of around 150,000 passengers to the UK, known as Operation Matterhorn, is the largest repatriation since WW2. This will place strains on airlines and airports alike: both need to demonstrate resilience.

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CT Summer Security

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Staff at the UK’s biggest summer events are to be trained in how to react in the event of a terrorist incident as part of Counter Terrorism Policing’s second annual ‘Summer Security’ campaign.

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The Global Village – London’s community resilience and lessons from elsewhere

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Marshall McLuhan coined the term “the Global Village” over half a century ago. The inference was that everywhere had become our neighbourhood. Through media coverage of other countries we know something of what it is like to be threatened by ISIS, to suffer extreme weather or to be exposed to fallout from a nuclear accident. In effect, what happens “over there” doesn’t stay over there. We cannot insulate ourselves from the dynamics that affect resilience elsewhere in the world.