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

"California Bans Insurers From Dropping Policies Made Riskier by Climate Change", by Christopher Flavelle and Brad Plumer, The New York Times – December 5, 2019
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"How Much Damage Do Atmospheric Rivers Cause?", by Jill Cowan, The New York Times – December 5, 2019
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"Atmospheric rivers caused 85 percent of recent flood damage in Western U.S.", by Mike Branom, Washington Post – December 4, 2019
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"Climate Change Is Accelerating, Bringing World 'Dangerously Close' to Irreversible Change", by Henry Fountain, New York Times – December 4, 2019
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"Four Ways the Climate Crisis Could Trigger a 2008-Style Economic Crash", by Geoff Dembicki, Vice – December 3, 2019
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"Teaching Resilience in the Face of Climate Change", by Janine Zeitlin, The New York Times – December 2, 2019
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"John Kerry Launches Star-Studded Climate Coalition", by Lisa Friedman, The New York Times - November 30, 2019
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"Congress must allow private sector protection of post-disaster flooding", by Steve Pociask, Opinion Contributor, The Hill – November 29, 2019
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"FEMA Envisions High-Tech Flood Insurance Program Using Parametrics, Blockchain", by Jim Sams, Insurance Journal – November 26, 2019
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"Post-Flood Home Buyouts Are Emptying Midwest Towns", by David A. Lieb, Insurance Journal – November 26, 2019
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"One city's plan to combat climate change: Bulldoze homes, rebuild paradise", by Frances Stead Sellers, The Washington Post – November 26, 2019
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"In bleak report, U.N. says drastic action is only way to avoid worst effects of climate change", by Brady Dennis, Washington Post - November 26, 2019
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