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Numbers Don't Lie: Insurance guy Bob Johnson has become a go-to source on the statistical effects of climate change
Among the scientists, policy makers, and natural resource experts speaking at November’s Preparing Minnesota for Climate Change: A Conference on Climate Adaptation, there’s a paper-pushing, tie-wearing insurance guy who’s become one of Minnesota’s most sought after experts on the costs of climate change.
Bob Johnson is the president of the Insurance Federation of Minnesota (IFM), a nonprofit state insurance trade association representing more than 50 insurance companies and other related organizations. Originally founded in 1914 to help insurers and policy holders navigate Minnesota’s worker’s compensation laws, the IFM spends much of its time these days representing insurance companies in the risky world of catastrophic insurance—the kind of insurance that protects homeowners against natural disasters such as floods, tornados, fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
Over the past few years, Johnson has increasingly been called upon by policy makers and politicians including Senator John Marty and former Senator Ellen Anderson to testify on Minnesota’s alarming insurance rate hikes due to natural disasters.
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Minnesota's increasing weather extremes will demand smarter water resources management, says state climatologist, weather historian Mark Seeley
A professor in the University of Minnesota’s department of Soil, Water, and Climate and Minnesota Extension and a graduate advisor in the Water Resource Sciences Graduate Program, Seeley is Minnesota’s most recognized expert on weather trends. His ability to explain the complexities of climate change’s impact on weather with down-home charm has made him a popular media commentator and speaker at convocations, workshops and special events throughout the region.
So when Seeley speaks on the coming effects of climate change, he isn’t shrill, but his warning is dire. Read full article>>
June 2012's torrential rains devastated landscapes and wiped out the Highway 210 approach to the Thomson Bridge in Jay Cooke State Park, ten miles southwest of Duluth. Photo credit: Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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News and Upcoming Events
Water Resources Center co-director candidate presentations
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Applied Research for Improved Global Health
Linking Engineering to Water Policy and Practice December 9, 2013
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Wilkins Room 215
Sarah Marks, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins Global Water Program More information>>
Preparing Minnesota for Climate Change: A Conference on Climate Adaptation November 7, 2013
Science Museum of Minnesota More information>>