Insurance companies understand risk better than most of us, which puts them in a surprisingly unique position to grapple with the gamble we're taking with our planet.

This article titled “Why the insurance industry gets climate change” was written by Jules Boykoff, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 28th June 2011 16.00 UTC

When it comes to climate change, the US Congress is a hornets’ nest of political dysfunction. Last month, President Barack Obama nominated energy executive John Bryson to lead the commerce department. From the response of congressional Republicans, you might have thought Obama had nominated Ed Abbey and Rachel Carson’s imaginary love child.

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