Actuaries Tackle Global Warming

Katharine Hayhoe, research associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University, said it was important for insurers to consider how warming oceans will affect hurricanes. “If I look at all of the areas in which climate change may affect us and pick the top three most uncertain areas, hurricanes would be on that list,” she said. “There is no question that ocean surface temperatures have warmed. This is a concern because it means we are increasing the amount of energy available to tropical cyclones or hurricanes.”

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