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With Growth of Renewables, Increased Demand for Weather Insurance

For the fifth consecutive year, investment in new renewable power capacity was roughly double the investment in fossil fuel generating capacity, reaching USD 249.8 billion in 2016. The world now adds more renewable power capacity annually than it adds in net new capacity from all fossil fuels combined. However, wind and solar energy producers and distributors face unique challenges in both volumetric and price risks. The remarkable progress being made in renewables requires innovative risk mitigation solutions in order to ensure that the pace of investments in wind and solar continues. Continue Reading

100% of Spanish olive farmers covered for unseasonal weather received payouts following extreme temperatures

Spain’s agricultural cooperative, Asaja-Jaén, today announced that 100% of the cooperative’s membership who subscribed to parametric insurance to reduce the financial consequences of extreme temperatures on their olive fields this spring have already received compensation as a result of their coverage through Meteo Protect, following the warmest spring in the region since the beginning of the 21st century. Continue Reading

How spinach shortage reminds us of mounting consequences of climate change

It’s enough to make Popeye give up all hope of winning Olive Oyl’s heart. With Spain’s spinach crops nearly wiped out due to heavy rains and retailers unable to maintain their stocks, could this be the superfood crisis that leads consumers to wake up to the increasing effects of climate change in their day-to-day regimes? At the same time, could these be a great green reminder to businesses and investors of the extent of weather risks in their portfolios? Whether you take them canned like Popeye or in a smoothie like Deliciously Ella, spinach may be bringing attention to the weather risks and mitigation strategies managers need to consider today.

“I’m strong to the finish, ‘cause I eats me spinach,” famously sang Popeye the Sailor Man. Romantics and comic book enthusiasts everywhere may shudder at the idea of Popeye losing out on his one true love, Olive Oyl, due to a spinach shortage. Not to mention the millions of New Year’s Resolutions foiled by grocery stores not being stocked with the makings of a good green smoothie. Yet, this January, this is exactly the predicament facing British health fiends and Popeye wannabes, as the nation relies on Spain for 80 per cent of its spinach supply during winter months.

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Small and young businesses disproportionately bear the costs of climate change

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Report provides eye-opening new insights into the demographics of commercial victims of climate change. Young firms, which comprise not only the lifeblood of many communities but are central to national economies, do not insure against what they consider to be less frequent, extreme events, and are therefore, disproportionately bearing the costs of the vagaries of weather resulting from climate change.

With the frequency and severity of extreme weather events and unseasonal weather increasing as a result of climate change, Weather & Economics has reported on the far-reaching effects to a wide range of sectors, including agriculture (particularly for farmers of citrus fruits, avocadoes, cocoa, viticulture, and cereals) as well as for the sectors of finance, sporting events, travel, transport, automobile parts, fashion and apparel, construction, food and beverages, and snow removal, to name but a few.

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