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UNGA 76: Towards Uncommon Coalitions standard

The time has come to form uncommon coalitions—focused on action—to manage multifaceted global problems. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights This is not a drill. As heads of state gathers for the United Nations General Assembly marking the 76th anniversary of the venerable institution, the world seems ill-prepared to mount a meaningful response to the series of challenges arrayed against humanity. The event itself may be an unceremonious blend of in-person and virtual discussions among world leaders. The issues on the agenda are no longer faint matters on the horizon doomsayers, Cassandras, and superforecasters were warning about. These are now ever-present, multifaceted, and tangible risks not only ...

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The Calamitous Surfside Condo Collapse: A Climate Resiliency Lesson All Insurers and the Government Can Learn standard

While no evidence has linked climate change and the Surfside collapse, many speculate it could be a factor. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights The impact from the tragic condominium building collapse in south Florida is still reverberating throughout the country. This horrific disaster has raised new concerns as well as renewed the debate around climate change’s crippling effect on the nation’s infrastructure. As rescue efforts continue, elected officials are reviewing existing regulations, and insurers look to reduce their exposure in the region. Rather than working in isolation, both should be focused on implementing new climate resilient building standards to ensure we can better safeguard the public and the country’s ...

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A Post-Pandemic Trend: Retraining from Within standard

As the U.S. economy returns to normal, businesses turn to upskilling their workforce to navigate the challenges of the post-COVID world. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights Companies are facing modern business challenges spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic as organizations are forced to adapt to an accelerated shift to e-commerce. The surging demand for digital services has led to a shortage of available computer analysts and engineers, driving companies to pursue an alternative option to hiring new employees: retraining existing staff. Retailers Respond to Digital Demands The retail industry has seen artificial intelligence play an immense role as consumers increasingly prefer to shop online. However, a tight labor market ...

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The Colonial Pipeline Attack Proves We Urgently Need Minimum IoT Cyber Security Thresholds for Our Nation’s Infrastructure standard

A recent ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline left much of the Eastern U.S. in fear of serious fuel shortages. This attack highlights inconsistencies and weakness within the U.S. IoT cyber security capabilities. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights It seems that Texas’ energy infrastructure simply cannot catch a break this year. The February winter storm that crippled the Lone Star State’s power grid was rivaled by the virulent cyber attack that crippled the 5,500 mile Colonial Pipeline in early May, which transports fuel from the Gulf Coast to locations throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. This attack serves as a national security threat from several perspectives, not only does it expose vulnerabilities in ...

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What to Look for in Healthcare 2021: A Struggling Hospital Industry and Security Concerns in the Age of Telehealth standard

Hospitals weathered massive financial hits in 2020 and it's likely that COVID-19 will impact the industry throughout 2021. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights The hospital industry faced a massive financial crisis in 2020 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as systems struggled with low patient volumes and massive hits to financial resources and liquidity. The pandemic will likely continue to have a substantial impact on the hospital industry throughout 2021, from increased hospital consolidation to a volatile payer mix and a surge in telehealth. Mergers Likely to Increase for the Greater Good Healthcare experienced a significant movement toward hospital consolidation prior to the pandemic, and this trend is likely ...

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3 Global Health Achievements to Celebrate as We Mark COVID-19’s One-Year Anniversary standard

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the world can accomplish a lot when countries work together. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights Dante Disparte, a member of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council, highlighted opportunities to learn from COVID-19 in the face of future pandemics in a recent report. These include the need to restore institutional trust, fund preventative measures, and ensure access to emergency health care. “The key to avoiding the specter of COVID-19 becoming a seasonal threat is to combat the effects and short termism of vaccine nationalism and to ensure globally available vaccines, particularly for developing and emerging countries,” Disparte told Global Citizen. “Against the threat of ...

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America is Woefully Unprepared for Climate Change standard

To enact a meaningful climate plan, investing in climate-resilient infrastructure needs to be a top priority. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights Our climate plan has failed. For any in doubt, look no further than Texas. Extreme weather like the recent arctic winter storm that crippled the Texas power grid and left millions in freezing temperatures without heat or water, is our current climate reality. While net-zero targets remain crucial to curbing rising global temperatures, they do nothing to address the effects climate change are having on infrastructure and on our daily lives today. To enact a meaningful climate plan, investing in climate-resilient infrastructure needs to be a top priority. The nation’s long-neglected ...

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RC Quick Takes – Will the February Freeze Spur Change in Texas? standard

While the debate over extreme weather causality rages on, the impact these harsh events have on U.S. infrastructure cannot be disputed.  Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights As Texas and U.S. authorities continue to analyze what went wrong in the aftermath of February’s winter storm, the future of our nation’s infrastructure once again remains front and center. This country, and the world for that matter, must take a two-pronged approach to remain resilient in the face of catastrophic weather events, which will continue to become more frequent and severe.  First, global economies must prepare to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage citizens and businesses to engage in climate-friendly ...

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California Hardwired Energy Security Into Code, And The World Should Follow Suit standard

Originally published about California in May 2018, this article could just as easily answer the question, "How can we build energy resilience and avoid future crises?" in the aftermath of Texas' devastating February 2021 energy failure. Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights The state of California, recently anointed as the 5th largest economy in the world, is no stranger to complex risks.  From the infernal wildfires that set parts of the state ablaze claiming 43 lives and setting records in terms of costs, to the oscillation between droughts and infrastructure-threatening rain, set against perennial seismic risks, California has long been a proving ground for the innovations needed for societal ...

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Preparing for the next pandemic: Early lessons from COVID-19 standard

Even though pandemic preparedness and biodefense have had ardent and clarion supporters, COVID-19 proved how ill-prepared we were to combat a 100-year pandemic.  Stay informed. Our Insights Newsletter highlights the latest news and analysis on global strategy, policy and risk.  Subscribe to Insights COVID-19 has caused more than 109 million confirmed cases, claimed more than 2.4 million lives, and even brought prosperous nations and well-run healthcare systems to their knees. Few countries have been spared. Even in the economically powerful U.S., the tension between maintaining social freedoms and engaging in efforts of collective defense against the virus has led to politicization (e.g., mask wearing, social distancing and vaccine refusal). Sadly, the U.S. is bearing the heaviest human toll from the virus with ...

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