Pennsylvania Insurance Dept to Hold Climate Change Conference

October 30, 2008

Insurance leaders, policymakers, financial and scientific experts will meet in Harrisburg next week to discuss how climate change will impact many segments of business and industry, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario said.

“The insurance industry is the first in line to face the financial hazards related to climate change,” Ario said. “Insurers must play a lead role in measuring the risks of climate change, and helping to mitigate those risks through their investments and product offerings.”

The Climate Change and Insurance Forum will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, in the auditorium of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The keynote speakers will be Dr. Brenton Yarnal, a Penn State University geography professor and expert on the interaction of environmental hazards, global environmental change, and socioeconomic development; and Mindy S. Lubber, president of Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations and public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change.

Also headlining the event will be Eric Nordman, director of research for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, who will discuss the work of the NAIC’s Climate Change and Global Warming Task Force.

There is no cost to attend the forum. Complete meeting information is available at Call 717-787-0636 to register.

Source: Pennsylvania Insurance Department

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