[ONLINE] - Insuring Our Uncertain Future


In 2021, the massive Dixie Fire blazed across nearly a million acres in Northern California, torching more than 1,300 homes and other structures. Many people who lost their homes and businesses had no homeowner’s insurance, an increasingly common predicament in California and other fire-prone regions. Areas vulnerable to flooding find themselves with similar challenges, as we recently saw in Kentucky. The recurrence of catastrophic natural disasters is pricing out many at-risk markets from any meaningful coverage.

Still, some experts see this dilemma as an opportunity: Insurance can be a powerful tool to shape human behavior and the economy. Some even think that new forms of insurance, built on technological advances in data collection and machine learning, could be one of the most effective ways to protect the planet and make communities more resilient to climate change.

On Tuesday, September 27, at 9 a.m. Pacific/12 p.m. Eastern, join Annual Reviews, Knowable Magazine, and Future Tense for a conversation that will change the way you think about insurance.


Alice Hill
, @Alice_C_Hill
Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Carolyn Kousky 
Associate Vice President for Economics and Policy, Environmental Defense Fund


Emily Underwood
, @em_underwood
Science Content Producer, Knowable Magazine