Climate Change “Already Visible,” Say Insurers

Photo: Mila Zinkova (CC)

Photo: Mila Zinkova (CC)

In 1980 there were just 60 floods, blizzards, or thunderstorms, but in 2010 there were 247. “It’s likely that the number of strong storms involving rain, snow and hail is also rising because of warming temperatures,” says the head of the Corporate Climate Center at Munich Reinsurance, adding “we believe we have indications that climate change is already, at least to some extent, visible.”

The number of damaging storms rose from 50 reported thirty years ago to 150 in 2010, notes this environmental blog, adding that “While politicians bicker over the reality of climate change, insurance companies are dealing with its reality.” In fact, altogether the past year saw 950 disasters worldwide, where 30 years ago the number was a mere 400.

But wouldn’t it be interesting if the single most powerful lobbyist on the issue of climate legislation became the insurance companies?

10 Comments on "Climate Change “Already Visible,” Say Insurers"

    • Oo, maybe in the process of sorting this all out, they will eat each other alive…. Not really seeing a downside here.

  1. Hadrian999 | Jan 17, 2011 at 12:35 am |

    so, would this mean “act of god” can no longer apply to these natural disaster because they are growing out of global warming, an act of man?

  2. Hadrian999 | Jan 16, 2011 at 8:35 pm |

    so, would this mean “act of god” can no longer apply to these natural disaster because they are growing out of global warming, an act of man?

  3. WhiteRose | Jan 17, 2011 at 1:28 am |

    Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out natural climate changes vs/+/- blah blah blah the tons of chemicals are not helping. Whiskey seems to be the cure all, worked for my grand parents 🙂 The kids are just going to have to fend for themselves like we did…

  4. WhiteRose | Jan 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm |

    Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out natural climate changes vs/+/- blah blah blah the tons of chemicals are not helping. Whiskey seems to be the cure all, worked for my grand parents 🙂 The kids are just going to have to fend for themselves like we did…

  5. Oo, maybe in the process of sorting this all out, they will eat each other alive…. Not really seeing a downside here.

  6. “Climate Change” is indeed man-made:

    Abu Dhabi weather project ‘creates man-made rainstorms’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/unitedarabemirates/8236350/Abu-Dhabi-weather-project-creates-man-made-rainstorms.html

    I’d be curios too find out more about Helmut Fluhrer, the founder of Metro Systems International, the Swiss company in charge of the project. Anybody?

  7. “Climate Change” is indeed man-made:

    Abu Dhabi weather project ‘creates man-made rainstorms’

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/unitedarabemirates/8236350/Abu-Dhabi-weather-project-creates-man-made-rainstorms.html

    I’d be curios too find out more about Helmut Fluhrer, the founder of Metro Systems International, the Swiss company in charge of the project. Anybody?

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