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Insurers push G20 on climate commitments

Insurers push G20 on climate commitments

The Port Kembla industrial area and steel works, Wollongong, Friday, June 1, 2007. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING

The Port Kembla industrial area and steel works, Wollongong, Friday, June 1, 2007. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING

Insurers with $US1.2 trillion under management have called for the Group of 20 to set a timetable to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels by 2020 when they meet at a summit in China this weekend.Aviva, Aegon NV and MS Amlin said fossil fuel subsidies were at odds with commitments by G20 nations to combat global warming agreed by almost 200 countries last year at a Paris summit.’Climate change in particular represents the mother of all risks,’ Aviva CEO Mark Wilson said in a statement.The companies called on the G20 leaders, who meet in the Chinese city of Hangzhou on September 4-5, to set ‘a clear timeline for the full and equitable phase-out by all G20 members of all fossil fuel subsidies by 2020…

 

Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes, study says

Apparently sexism isn’t just a social problem — if you’re in the path of a hurricane, gender bias might actually kill you.  A study suggests people prepare differently for hurricanes depending on whether the storm has a male or female name.  “Feminine-named hurricanes (vs. masculine-named hurricanes) cause significantly more deaths, apparently because they lead to a lower perceived risk and consequently less preparedness,” a team of researchers wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  In other words, a hurricane named “Priscilla” probably wouldn’t be taken as seriously as a hurricane named “Bruno,” which might spark more fear and prompt more people to flee…

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