Geography academic gives keynote speech on 'Climate Change and resource depletion' to Institute of Actuaries

On 4th November 2010, Dr Stephan Harrison was invited to The Institute of Actuaries in London to give a keynote talk entitled: 'Climate Change and resource depletion: the challenge for actuaries'.  The talk was attended by over 50 actuaries, including two former Institute Presidents and the Government Actuary.

The event explored the challenges posed for actuaries around the theme of climate change and resource depletion and will also launch a review of research by the Resource and Environment Group into the impact of climate change and the opportunities for actuaries.

Dr Harrison is one of the co-authors on a report on the impacts of future climate change in the Caribbean which was published for the international UN COP16 meeting in Cancun recently.   The report on the effects of sea level rise suggests that, with a sea-level rise of one metre, which is now regarded as highly likely by the end of the century, the Caribbean would see "at least 149 multi-million dollar tourism resorts damaged or lost" and would also see loss or damage of 21 of the Caricom airports, and the inundation of land surrounding 35 of the region's 44 ports.

The report was covered by the Independent, Times, Guardian and Daily Telegraph newspapers.

Date: 8 December 2010

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