Krymsk, Russia (photo courtesy Ilya Schurov, Creative Commons)

Geoffrey K. Willis is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Natural Resources and Environmental Practice Group with Sheppard Mullin. With years of experience advising the private and public sectors, Willis understands the roadblocks that can keep many corporations from swiftly embracing the adaptation agenda, as well as the incentives that can help business overcome this “inertia.”

Corn Drying to Perfection

Corn crops across the U.S. Midwest are suffering. Healthy corn crops, as shown above, will be limited this year as compared to previous growing seasons, according to the USDA. (photo courtesy Alternative Heat, Creative Commons)

the Kanmon Strait between Honshu and Kyushu, Japan

Kanmon Strait between Honshu and Kyushu, Japan (photo courtesy Justin Friend, Creative Commons)

Toil. Dust Bowl Corn Field, ca1937

U.S. temperatures have soared above even those during the drought and dustbowl of the 1930s.

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Crane Moor Road Flood

Torrential rainfall in the United Kingdom led to vulnerable areas being flooded and roads shut down. 

Dr. DaboubGAIN Founding CEO Dr. Juan José Daboub

Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) Founding CEO Dr. Juan José Daboub was recently appointed Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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Iwokrama Rainforest, Guyana


Dr. Ian Noble, GAIN Chief Scientist

GAIN Chief Scientist Dr. Ian Noble traveled to his country of origin, Australia, to participate in their national adaptation discussion. Australia is a leading country in the world in terms of its focus on the urgent need to adapt to climate change, urbanization and population growth, Dr. Noble said. 

Conference entrance

Entrance to the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

WASHINGTON, DC – Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) Founding CEO Dr. Juan José Daboub will present the GAIN Index during a meeting at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday. The GAIN Index ranks 161 countries in terms of vulnerability and readiness to adapt to global challenges such as climate change.

Mark Way, Swiss Re Head Sustainability Americas Hub, understands that the insurance industry must predict change and plan for it. On the Swiss Re team since 1994, Way  is leading his sustainability team in developing new adaptation services and extending insurance coverage to the most vulnerable in emerging markets. He attended the Global Adaptation Institute’s Annual Meeting & Scientific Convening May 9-10 in Washington, D.C., to participate in the adaptation conversation and spoke on the Private Sector Service Providers Panel.