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

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"2019, Second-Warmest Year, Caps Decade of Rising Temperatures", by Robert Lee Holtz, The Wall Street Journal - January 16, 2020
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"YouTube Has Been 'Actively Promoting' Videos Spreading Climate Denialism, According to Report", by Ciara Nugent, Time Magazine - January 16, 2020
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"'Urgent' Need for Businesses to Adapt to Growing Threat from Climate Change", by Pippa Stevens, CNBC - January 16, 2020
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"Microsoft Pledges to Remove More Carbon Than It Emits by 2030", by Jay Greene, The Washington Post - January 16, 2020
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"As Sea Levels Rise, Florida Homes Could Lose Up To 15% of Value by 2030 , by Alex Harris, Miami Herald - January 16, 2020
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"Floods and Fires: South Carolina Faces 'Elevated' Risk from Climate Change, Study Says", by Tyler Fleming, Myrtle Beach News - January 15, 2020
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"Climate Crisis Fills Top Five Places of World Economic Forum's Risk Report", by Larry Elliott, The Guardian - January 15, 2020
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"Global Warming to Increase Violent Crime in the United States", by University of Colorado at Boulder, Science Daily - January 15, 2020
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"Analysis Confirms that climate Change is Making Wildfires Worse", by Donna Lu, NewsScientist – January 14, 2020
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"World's Largest Asset Manager Puts Climate at the Center Of its Investment Strategy", by Laurel Wamsley, NPR - January 14, 2020
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"California Governor Proposes $12B Climate Change Mitigation Push", by Richard Nemec, Natural Gas Intel - January 13, 2020
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"EPA to Help Cities Adapt to Climate Change, Officials Say", by Bobby Magill, Bloomberg Environment - January 9, 2020
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"The Pentagon Says Wildfires, Driven By Climate Change, Are a Growing National Security Threat", by Jacob Margolis, 89.3 KPCC - January 9, 2020
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"A Growing Threat For Military Bases in California and Beyond: Wildfires Driven by Climate Change", by Jacob Margolis, LAist - January 9, 2020
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"Fires, storms, and floods cost $150 billion in 2019. More disasters are on the way", by Hanna Ziady, CNN - January 8, 2019
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"Earth posts second-hottest year on record to close out our warmest decade", by Andrew Freedman and Jason Samenow, The Washington Post - January 8, 2020
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"FEMA Disaster Preparedness Report Ignores Climate Change", by William Sprouse, CFO Journal - January 8, 2020
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"Trump Rule Would Exclude Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning", by Lisa Friedman, The New York Times - January 3, 2020
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"Everyday weather is linked to human-caused climate change in new study", by Andrew Freedman, The Washington Post - January 2, 2020
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