Tag Archives: Climate Change

Silence on the Climate Front

By Alex Auden Schendler from the Aspen Skiing Company was adamant about the need to get Fortune 500 CEOs to speak more openly about climate change. Through this comment I’d like to explore some key reasons why CEOs aren’t going on record with a firmer stance on climate change. It’s my hope that elucidating some […]

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Cat Bonds and RMBS: Safer

By John Macomber Our class on property/casualty insurance and catastrophe bonds ended with several passionate comments about how Catastrophe Bonds are just like Mortgage Backed Securities. On a philosophical level they might both be financial instruments that lead to mischief and trading abuses; but in structure they are quite different. The key aspects should be […]

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How can we further encourage climate change insurance?

By Daniel An issue raised during the Aspen Skiing Corp case focused on the varying levels of susceptibility of companies to the impacts of climate change. It makes intuitive sense that the industries an companies most exposed to the threat of climate change are loudest in leading the call for change. Despite this, there is […]

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Why Aren’t CEO’s tweeting about Climate Change?

By Jair At the end of our Aspen case, Auden was asked what the ask of CEO’s across America should be. Auden mentioned that business leaders seldom publicize their viewpoint on climate change and global warming and they should start with that simple request. Why aren’t they already doing that? The first question is to […]

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Psychology in the climate change discussion

(See also a related post here – John M) By Torsten Climate change driven by green house gas (GHG) emissions is a growing problem, the rational global response is to find the most cost-effective intervention and undertake the necessary investment in mitigation and adaptation measures. Whilst this approach has significant costs and would require spending, […]

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Demand: The Low Hanging Fruit?

By Andrew Despite being a divisive issue, climate change continues to be a topic that is gaining widespread publicity. Indeed we are all aware of the push to increase the share of ‘green energy’ in our energy mix and the importance of reducing carbon emissions. Reaching the Copenhagen Accord goal of containing global warming to […]

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Alumni Steps -RE: HBS Reunion Panel: Climate Change

IB2E students will be alumni sooner than you think. Here is a snippet of correspondence as part of a larger thread. A blog topic might be to explore what alumni could effectively do that is additive (in addition to suggesting proposed teaching material or postulating about economics in capital letters). Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 […]

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Why psychology is important in the climate change discussion and what to do about it

(See also a related post here – John M.) By Anonymous Why psychology is important in the climate change discussion and what to do about it. According to a September 2012 Yale School of Forestry Report, 70% of Americans believe that climate change is occurring. Additionally, 54% of Americans believe that global warming is caused […]

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Global Water Shortages and Potential Solutions

By Nick Ling Around 70% of the surface of our planet is covered by water, but less than 1% of this water is fresh and can be used sustainably by humans. The “sustainable water” is not distributed equally around the globe and does not match the distribution of population across the globe (see Figure 1). […]

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Cat Bonds offer an opportunity to depoliticize our response to natural disasters

By Patrick Griffin Catastrophe bonds are a necessary tool to de-politicize the debates around disaster relief in the United States. The increasingly expensive property damage due to “super-storms” and droughts is demonstrating something that we might have already known about today’s Washington: markets can adapt to changing realities much more quickly than our divided lawmakers […]

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