THE most deadly weather-related disasters aren't necessarily caused by floods, droughts or hurricanes. They can be caused by heat waves, like the sweltering blanket that's taken over 2,500 lives in India in recent weeks.
In work one of us (Robert Kopp) led for the Risky Business Project, we found that over the period from 1981 to 2010, the average American experienced about four dangerously humid days, with wet-bulb temperatures exceeding 80 degrees. By 2030, that level is expected to more than double, to about 10 days per summer.
The Risky Business Project, in partnership with the Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, hosted 'Investing in a New Climate,' an event with Tom Steyer, investor, philanthropist and clean energy advocate, and Robert E. Rubin, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
California could face significant disruptions to its water supply, agricultural productivity, and coastal infrastructure unless businesses and policymakers take immediate action to address climate change.
We all know there are those who have doubts about the problems presented by climate change. But if these doubters are wrong, the evidence is clear that the consequences, while varied, will be mostly bad, some catastrophic. So why don't we follow Reagan's example and take out an insurance policy?
On February 24, 2015, former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Risky Business Committee Member Robert Rubin spoke at the Climate Leadership Conference in Washington DC on the economics of climate change and the cost of inaction.
New Report: Risky Business Project Finds Midwest Agriculture, Labor, and Manufacturing Industries Face Economic Risk from Climate Change
The Midwestern United States faces potential disruptions to its agricultural economy, and dangerous levels of heat in many of its largest cities, if climate change continues unabated, according to a new report released today by the Risky Business Project.
Former HUD Sec. Henry Cisneros: "For the past decade, Texans have enjoyed a robust economy, buoyed by an enduring oil and gas boom, a surging real estate and jobs market, and a new wave of transplants ... But looking into the not-to-distant future, several pillars of our economic engine could be threatened by a changing climate."
Too often in the U.S., the climate conversation falls down one of two partisan rabbit holes—ending up either focused on the question of whether the science is “real” or whether one particular policy solution is a job killer or creator. In falling into these familiar debates, both supporters and opponents miss a basic question: How much economic risk do we face from climate change?
Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe explains how climate change is taking dollars and jobs away from New England's fishing communities.