Linking Weather Events and Climate Change

Twenty years ago, the Trends editors predicted that the economic case for the “climate change crisis” and related solutions championed by then-Vice President Al Gore in his 1992 book, Earth in the Balance, would prove inadequate to persuade the public to foot the associated bill. As that forecast has played itself out over the past decade, the Green Industry has been forced to focus increasingly on a supposed link between destructive weather and alleged Anthropogenic Global Warning (AGW). The latest explicit linkage was built into the recently released U.S. National Climate Assessment. What does the available evidence tell us about the cause-and-effect-relationship between weather disasters and AGW? What are the economic implications? What does this mean for managers, investors, and citizens? We’ll provide the answers.

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