EXPERTS ADDRESS OPPORTUNITIES TO BOOST CLIMATE
RESILIENCE, CELEBRATE SUCCESSES AND DISCUSS
LESSONS LEARNED AT CLIMATE CHANGE:
RESPONSE AND RESILIENCE LEADERSHIP FORUM

We hosted government and business leaders along with scientific and environmental experts to discuss the impact of climate change on the natural disasters that devastate American communities at the Climate Change: Response and Resilience Leadership Forum at Columbia University in New York City on November 20, 2019.  

Communities throughout the United States suffer from the damaging and sometimes devastating effects of tornadoes, floods, droughts and other natural disasters. Additionally, this is the fourth consecutive year that the Atlantic hurricane season has delivered an above-average number of storms and the fifth consecutive year that a storm has formed before the official start of the season.

Sponsored by RenaissanceRe, the forum was the 14th in a series of award-winning events aimed at developing risk mitigation techniques to safeguard communities and supporting efforts that reduce economic turmoil following disasters. In conjunction with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the Climate Change: Response and Resilience Leadership Forum featured 30 expert speakers who explored how policymakers and government agencies can better protect communities facing extreme weather events.

“There is no doubt that climate change is making extreme weather events more frequent and more severe. Communities across America and the world are increasingly exposed to climate-related risks including floods, hurricanes and wildfires,” said Stephen Weinstein, group general counsel of RenaissanceRe and chairman of the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation. “We are pleased so many thought leaders gathered together to tackle these urgent issues and improve our nation’s response to these destructive events. Through collaboration and innovation, we can work together to enhance the physical and financial resilience of households, businesses and governments in even the most high-risk regions.”

Experts gathered for the Climate Change: Response and Resilience Leadership Forum at Columbia University in New York City on November 20, 2019 included, Back row from left to right: David I. Maurstad, FEMA, Dail Rowe, WeatherPredict Consulting Inc., Craig Tillman, WeatherPredict Consulting Inc., Stephen Weinstein, RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation, RJ Lehmann, R Street, Arlene Fiore, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Daniel Dietch, Mayor, Town of Surfside, Adam Sobel, Columbia University, Robert Field, Columbia University, Sean Solomon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Front row from left to right: Peter Sousounis, AIR, Michael Cohen, RenaissanceRe, Jessie Ritter, National Wildlife Federation, Chia-Ying Lee, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Beth Dwyer, Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Roy Wright, Insurance Institute for Business & Homes Safety, John Huff, Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers

ARTICLES

"How climate change is making record-breaking floods the new normal", Report by UN Environment Program - March 6, 2020
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"The fiscal challenges of climate change", by Linda Shi, Boston Globe - March 5, 2020
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"Global warming fast shrinking rainforest role as climate protector", by Michael Taylor, Reuters - March 4, 2020
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"Bond measure would put $5.5 billion toward fighting climate change", by Andy Nguyen, Los Angeles Times - March 3, 2020
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"Dry California winter prompts wildfire and drought concerns", by Diana Leonard, Washington Post - March 2, 2020
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"New Analysis of FEMA Data Demonstrates How the NFIP Subsidizes the Wealthy",Bezinga - March 2, 2020
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"Garamendi Introduces FEMA Disaster Preparedness Improvement Act", The Patch - March 4, 2020
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"Regulators boost PG&E's wildfire fine to $2.1 billion", by Michael Liedtke and the Associated Press, Fortune - February 28, 2020
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"IBM seeks developers to tackle climate change with open source technology innovations, by Sebastian Klovig Skelton, Computer Weekly - February 27, 2020
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"Studies Sound Alarm on "Badly Out-of-Date" FEMA Flood Maps", by Thomas Frank, Scientific American - February 27, 2020
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"Climate change: Pressure on big investors to act on environment", by David Shukman, BBC – February, 27 2020
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"California's a climate leader? These six proposals show how much more we have to do", by Jacques Leslie, Los Angeles Times – February 26, 2020
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"Natural disasters causing spike in mortgage defaults", by REW, Real Estate Weekly Online – February 25, 2020
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"Climate change could be a 'catastrophic' national security threat, report warns", by Doyle Rice, USA Today – February 24, 2020
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""Where it can rain, it can flood." Still, most Americans do not have flood insurance.", by Samantha Fields, MarketPlace – February 24, 2020
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"Colorado Legislature works to expand access to wildfire mitigation funds", by Sawyer D'Argonne, Sky-Hi News- February 22, 2020
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"Think Tank (R Street) Urges Flood Insurance Program to Stop Enabling Building in High Risk Areas", Insurance Journal – February 20, 2020
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"FEMA's target for FloodSmart Re 2020 cat bond rises to $400m", by Steve Evans, Artemis – February 14, 2020
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"PG&E's Fire Victims Are Set to Become Its Biggest Shareholders", by Katherine Blunt, The Wall Street Journal – February 13, 2020
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"Earth just had its hottest January on record as climate change accelerates", by Emma Newburger, CNBC – February 13, 2020
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"Report: 2019 Was 7th Year in Last Decade with 10 or More Disasters of $1B-Plus", by Don Jergler, Insurance Journal – February 12, 2020
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"'Rivers in the Sky' Causing Billions in Flood Damage in U.S.", by Brian K. Sullivan, Insurance Journal – February 12, 2020
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"Southern California Edison Files 2020-22 Wildfire Mitigation Plan", by Edison International, CSRWire – February 11, 2020
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"Unlike Global Warming, Climate Change Is Here To Stay", by Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg Green – February 11, 2020
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