Author: Eric Holthaus

How to reduce weather risk (and make a little green)

by | 5.1.2011 at 5:42pm
Lightning strikes near buildings in downtown Atlanta (credit: flickr user 'brendanlim')

People understand that weather can affect certain markets — especially energy prices and other commodities — but its impact on portfolios more broadly might surprise. Just last week, a new study was released that estimated $485 billion of annual weather-related economic impact in the United States alone. Another calculated the effect at nearly 10 times that amount [...]

An Active Hurricane Season Predicted

by | 6.2.2010 at 7:38pm

The IRI’s latest forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season, which started June 1, points to significantly increased hurricane activity this year. In fact, the likelihood of having an above-normal year is more than three times that of having a below-normal year. This could spell trouble for highly vulnerable Caribbean nations such as Haiti – still [...]

Economics of Climate Change: Example from Ethiopia

by | 11.9.2009 at 1:14pm | 1 Comment

Experts from Swiss Re, Oxfam America, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society recently participated in a panel discussion at Columbia recently on weather index insurance for climate change adaptation. The event, organized as part of efforts to support Climate Week in New York, was sponsored by the New York Committee for Oxfam [...]