Home > News > Nanotechnology, climate change, infrastructure among top risks
November 23rd, 2007
Nanotechnology, climate change, infrastructure among top risks
The four emerging risks facing insurers moving forward are nanotechnology, climate change, aging infrastructure and "the unknown," Robert Landry, president and CEO of Zurich's Canadian operations told delegates of the Property Casualty Underwriters Club luncheon.
While the science is still new, Landry compared the development and use of nanomaterials to that of asbestos. With so many unknowns, and such widespread use (by 2008 the demand for nanoscale materials will be $28 billion), we cannot be sure that there is not a risk to human health somewhere, he said.
The industry, he continued, needs to be proactive in addressing climate change. Changes are already apparent and will have a ripple effect, he warned.
"Right now the best place to grow a tree is in central British Columbia. In 80 years, it will be just north of the Yukon border. Think of the effect that will have on your clients in the forestry industry."
Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts/Journals/White papers
Strength in numbers: Researchers develop the first-ever quantum device that detects and corrects its own errors March 4th, 2015
Energy-generating cloth could replace batteries in wearable devices March 4th, 2015
Experiment and theory unite at last in debate over microbial nanowires: New model and experiments settle debate over metallic-like conductivity of microbial nanowires in bacterium March 4th, 2015
Magnetic vortices in nanodisks reveal information: Researchers from Dresden and Jülich use microwaves to read out information from smallest storage devices March 4th, 2015
Colon + septic tank = unique, at times stinky, study: Researchers use lab-scale human colon and septic tank to study impact of copper nanoparticles on the environment March 2nd, 2015
Potential toxicity of cellulose nanocrystals examined in Industrial Biotechnology journal February 19th, 2015
A breakthrough in nanotoxicology by INRS researchers: Silver nanoparticles and inflammation February 18th, 2015
“Nanorama Laboratory“: Free Tool on Safe Handling of Nanomaterials Now Available in English! February 4th, 2015