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Adaptation and Regeneration

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 03.12.2024

 

To support the shift from an extract/manufacture/toss linear economy to a zero carbon/methane/waste circular economy, we must support natural processes and leave more room for nature to thrive. Sustainability and reducing emissions are no longer enough. We’ve run out of time. We now need to focus on actively improving Spaceship Earth’s ecosystem via Regeneration.   […]

 

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Parts of Spaceship Earth are Becoming Uninsurable

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 02.20.2024

 

The rate of climate change surged alarmingly over the past decade, posing a ‘code red’ emergency for the world and the insurance industry.   $122 billion total insured losses worldwide from weather-related natural catastrophes in 2023. (Swiss RE)   250% rise in economic losses over the past three decades due to climate change. (Capgemini)   […]

 

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Climate Models Did Not Predict This

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 01.29.2024

 

Gavin Schmidt is a climate modeler at NASA. Climate modeling takes in all of the climate data (climate is an extremely complex and highly interconnected system) from thousands of sensors on the land at different altitudes, and in the oceans at different depths, around the world and uses software to run models of what we […]

 

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Voting for the Environment

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 11.14.2023

 

Human-driven global warming has long been a divisive issue in the U.S., thanks in part to decades of polarizing messaging from industry, political figures and others. As the world experiences extreme heat and other climate change-driven events with increasing frequency, people’s views on what’s happening still vary widely, but they are changing.   The political […]

 

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Systems Changes Needed in Governance, Insurance and Disaster Preparedness

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.31.2023

 

I was in the room seven years ago when David Houle, the futurist, addressed the annual conference of Sarasota County realtors. If you don’t know, Sarasota is a seaside city on the Gulf coast of Florida. It has several heavily populated barrier islands just a couple feet above sea level. He said, “When will it […]

 

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A Clear and Present Danger

Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist 09.17.2023

 

To many, my desk is a cluttered mess or a jigsaw puzzle of disconnected pieces that can never be assembled into a coherent picture. To me, my desk is a highly organized panorama of easily accessible tools of my craft interspersed with remembrances and waypoints of travels, adventures, people, places, joys, sorrows, hopes, philosophies, beliefs […]

 

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Resetting the Realities of Our Climate Crisis

David Houle - Futurist 09.11.2023

 

Reality, and one’s perception of reality, can change with a single event. An example would be the “earth rise “ photo taken by NASA astronauts in 1968. Though we knew that the earth was round, it was not until that photo that we saw it as a round planet in space.   Another might be […]

 

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How to ‘Be Prepared’ in 2023

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 08.21.2023

 

I was a Boy Scout. Since 1907 the motto of the global Scouting program has been, “Be Prepared”. Yet the 2023 Scout Jamboree was woefully unprepared for a myriad of severe weather-related issues that befell it in South Korea in early August.     First, prior to the opening of the Jamboree, torrential monsoon rains caused […]

 

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We Are All Earthlings

Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist 08.14.2023

 

There is a scene early in the movie Top Gun: Maverick to which I am particularly sympathetic. It immediately follows the moment when Maverick (Tom Cruise) has tested an experimental aircraft past its breaking point. We then see Maverick walking into a small rural town, entering a diner and after drinking a glass of water […]

 

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Insuring Climate Risks w/ AI, IoT, Satellites & Big Data

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.20.2023

 

Insurers are being overtaken by the pace of change. Our climate crisis (among several other factors including technology) is redefining the nature of risk. The industry needs to move quickly to keep up with consumer expectations, close protection gaps, and respond to emerging threats.   Now is a moment of truth for insurers to consider their […]

 

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