Adaptation is not enough: why insurers need climate change mitigation

Liam Phelan, Susan Harwood, Ann Henderson-Sellers, Ros Taplin

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    Current insurer responses to anthropogenic climate change are generally adaptive and weakly mitigative rather than strongly mitigative. In this chapter, we argue successful insurance system adaptation to anthropogenic climate change depends on returning the climate to a stable, familiar and relatively predictable state. Effective mitigation is therefore a necessary precondition for successful longer-term insurance system adaptation to climate change. To make this argument, we highlight important ways the Earth system, the global economy and insurance are all inter-connected.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnglish through climate change
    EditorsWalter Leal Filho, Evangelos Manolas
    Place of PublicationOrestiada, Greece
    PublisherDepartment of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Print)9789609698047
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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