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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Climavision, a new "weather services and intelligence platform," emerged out of stealth mode Wednesday with a goal of helping customers manage the growing risks of extreme weather spurred on by climate change.

Why it matters: Competition in the weather and climate risk management space has heated up as climate change drives an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather and climate events.

At the same time, new technology is becoming available to observe and predict such events, from satellite constellations to ground-based sensors.

The details: Climavision is spinning out of Enterprise Electronics Corporation (EEC), a firm that manufactures weather radar systems used by 95 countries.

  • According to Climavision CEO Chris Goode, the company will deploy its own network of proprietary radars to plug the gaps that exist in the National Weather Service's extensive network of Doppler radars.
  • Such gaps exist in places ranging from rural areas of the Plains to some metro regions, such as Charlotte, where the nearest Doppler radar is too far away to detect low-altitude weather phenomena.
  • Goode told Axios the company will also take advantage of new data coming from space-based platforms, through a data agreement with GeoOptics. That company's satellites work to measure conditions in the upper atmosphere.

The intrigue: The $100 million in funding for Climavision comes from TPG's global impact investing arm, known as The Rise Fund, which boasts $5 billion in assets under management. The funding is unusually high for a company at such an early stage. Most of Climavision's peers have raised Series A rounds in the $10 to $30 million range.

  • According to a press release, fund managers view backing Climavision as a way to manage the increased risks from climate change-induced extreme weather.
  • “The Rise Fund understands the need and urgency to invest in technologies that will empower businesses and governments to navigate increasingly dynamic weather patterns, particularly as the world economy endures the inevitable challenges associated with climate change," Goode stated in the release.
  • The Rise Fund has also invested in C3.ai, a big data aggregation and analytics platform, and CLEAResult, an energy efficiency provider.

Yes, but: Climavision joins a crowded field of firms vying to help manage escalating weather and climate risks, from well-established and deep pocketed players like IBM (which owns The Weather Company) to expanding upstarts such as Tomorrow.io (formerly known as ClimaCell).

What they're saying: Goode told Axios that Climavision's observational data will set it apart from the competition. "What we're out to do is fundamentally change that landscape, and fill in all of these significant gaps that exist," he said, rather than aggregate existing data streams like many companies are currently doing.

Go deeper: Prominent investors jump into the climate risk space

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Sep 8, 2021 - Economy & Business

A new climate venture capital fund with big-name backers

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

This morning brought the launch of a climate tech VC fund that's notable for its prominent backers and connective tissue to communities on the front lines of global warming.

Driving the news: Earthshot Ventures is a new early-stage investor in hardware and software companies that announced its presence today and the close of its first fund at $60 million.

The hard math behind America's labor shortage

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressional Budget Office; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, the pandemic has created unusual temporary labor market dynamics. But in the bigger picture, the 2010s were a golden age for companies seeking cheap labor. The 2020s are not.

The big picture: In the 2010s, the massive millennial generation was entering the workforce, the massive baby bo0m generation was still hard at work, and there was a multi-year hangover from the deep recession caused by the global financial crisis.

Advocates fret Roe v. Wade's 49th anniversary could be its last

Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Women's March Inc

As Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion access in the U.S., advocates warn the ruling is "more at risk now than ever."

The big picture: The Supreme Court in December heard a challenge to a Mississippi 15-week abortion ban that could throw Roe's survival into question, or at least narrow its scope.

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