Recent news about the insurance industry and the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change, water scarcity, energy transitions and other sustainability issues.
New Obama order aims to prepare communities for severe weather
Nov 01, 2013
- In another move to address the impact of climate change, President Barack Obama ordered a bipartisan task force on Friday to help U.S. communities brace for longer heat waves, heavier downpours, more severe wildfires and worse droughts.
One Year After Sandy: Ceres Report Highlights Growing Taxpayer Burden from Climate Inaction
Oct 28, 2013
- A new Ceres report documents rising taxpayer costs to federal programs that provide flood insurance, crop insurance, wildfire protection and disaster relief. Some extreme weather-prone states such as Florida and Texas are also facing more acute financial exposure.
IPCC climate report sets upper limit for global emissions
Sep 27, 2013
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, just released its new report on global warming. It reinforces the conclusion that global warming is predominantly caused by human activity and sets an upper limit for the carbon emissions the world's economies can create.
New IPCC Report Confirms What Companies Already Know: Climate Change is Changing How Business Gets Done
Sep 27, 2013
- In the wake of a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report re-confirming the reality of climate change and clarifying its effects, business and investor leaders talked today about the ways in which global warming is already affecting their bottom lines and their strategies.
Two New States to Require Climate Risk Survey; More Companies Must Now Respond
Aug 13, 2013
- Connecticut and Minnesota regulators have decided to join California, New York and Washington in requiring insurers to respond to a survey on climate change.
Bold leadership from US insurers is needed to tackle climate change
Aug 13, 2013
- The insurance industry's core business is to protect people – and businesses – in harm's way. With the rise of extreme weather across the US, insurers are increasingly connecting the dots between climate change and its costs.
Insurance Coverage Crossroads: The Insurance Industry Appears Largely Unprepared to Weather Risks of Climate Change
Jul 08, 2013
- Data is now confirming that warming of the atmosphere and oceans is playing a direct role in the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events. According to a recent report by Ceres, many insurers are unprepared to weather these changes.
Heeding Sandy’s Lessons, Before the Next Big Storm
May 09, 2013
- It has been six months since Hurricane Sandy redrew the northern Mid-Atlantic coastline with its record storm surge and strong winds, paralyzing New York City for days, all the while offering a disturbing preview of what future storms may do to other coastal locations as sea levels continue to rise.