May 2009

Florida Domestic Insurers - The 2009 Audit of this Niche

May 10, 2009 18:18
by J. Wylie Donald
A central theme of our practice in the climate change area is that there are certain to be lots of opportunities created. The renewable energy sphere is one, carbon trading is another. Niche insurance coverage is a third. There will be exotic products addressing the viability and deliverability of carbon and renewable energy credits. And extensions of typical products to cover things like green buildings. But even something as prosaic as basic property insurance will see innovation and opportunity precipitated by climate change risks. We have written before of the potentially dire situatio...


Swine Flu: Some Questions of Coverage and Climate Change

May 3, 2009 17:34
by J. Wylie Donald
"If pigs could fly" is used to belittle wishful thinking. If only words could solve a different kind of airborne porcine problem, swine flu, which international airline travel has catapulted to the nation's, and the world's, attention. Two questions relevant to this blog suggest themselves: 1) is this new H1N1 virus a result of climate change, and 2) is there insurance for this sort of thing? We'll take the easiest question first, is there insurance? It depends. With respect to liability policies, there is nothing to preclude a claim, for example, that inadequate airplane ventilation le...



The business case for the development of renewable energy projects, from biodiesel and ethanol to wind, solar, and distributed generation, is more compelling than ever as tax and regulatory incentives combine to attract investments. Emerging issues in environmental law and increasingly recognized principles of corporate social responsibility are encouraging public companies to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions, install clean energy alternatives, and invest overseas in projects under the Kyoto Protocol to respond to climate change concerns.

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