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Hurricanes Nudge Financial Policy

Paula DiPerna
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Paula DiPerna

The cost of extreme weather has increased dramatically in recent years. Hurricane Katrina was the most expensive weather event of past thirty years with a total price tag of more than $150 billion. Harvey is expected to be in that range, and we are still watching Irma and Jose unfold.

Are these economic impacts changing policy or behavior more broadly?

Paula DiPerna is an environmental and philanthropic policy advisor who has worked broadly at the intersection of finance and environment. She’s currently a Special Advisor to CDP, the Carbon Disclosure Project, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She joined us in our Woods Hole studio.