The End of the World as We Know It? The Consequences of Extreme Climatic D...

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The Wharton School

8th Floor Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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In the wake of a number of extreme weather events in 2017 that are likely to have been either caused or made more severe by climate change and global warming, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria in the Atlantic Ocean, record-setting wildfires in the western United States, and record-breaking monsoons in Asia, this conference examines the future consequences of an increasing expected frequency of extreme weather events for two of the most fundamental institutions of our civilization: free enterprise and democratic government. The conference will gather experts from academia, business, the military, and national intelligence services to realistically and seriously assess the risks associated with these kinds of extreme weather events and their social consequences, and propose risk management strategies for reducing future losses that are likely to be implemented.

AGENDA - Wednesday April 18, 8:30am

8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Breakfast

9:00 – 9:05 Conference Introduction: Eric Orts, Faculty Director of Wharton IGEL

Welcome: Wendell Pritchett, University Provost

9:15 – 10:45 Panel One: The Consequences of Extreme Climate Disruption for Business & How Businesses can Prepare and Support Communities

Moderator: Gary Survis, Senior IGEL fellow


Bernard David, Founder, Co2Sciences

Linda Froelich, Director Corporate Sustainability, FMC

Elinor Haider, Vice President, Veolia North America

Eunice Heath, Global Director, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability, Dow

Lisa Manley, Director Sustainability Engagement, Mars

Anthony Wagar, Executive Vice President, Environmental Practice, Willis Towers Watson

10:45 – 11:00 Questions & Audience Participation

11:00 – 11:15 Networking Break

11:15 – 11:45 Morning Keynote: Karissa Kruse, President, Sonoma Winegrape, Inc.

11:45 – 12:00 Questions & Audience Participation

12:00 – 1:15 Panel Two: The Paris Agreement and How Academic Research can Mitigate Strategically and Promote Policy Change

Moderator: Eric Orts, Faculty Director of Wharton IGEL


David Grinspoon, Chief Scientist, Planetary Science Institute

Howard Kunreuther, Wharton Faculty

Carolyn Kousky, Director for Policy Research and Engagement, Wharton Risk Center

Edward L. Rubin, Vanderbilt University Faculty

Bethany Wiggin, Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

1:15 – 1:30 Questions & Audience Participation

1:30 – 2:00 Networking Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 Panel Three – How Extreme Weather Events Affect National Security

Moderator: Sarah Light, Wharton Faculty


Ann C. Phillips, Admiral, U.S. Navy

Mark Nevitt, Penn Law Faculty

3:00 – 3:15 Questions & Audience Participation

3:15 – 3:30 Closing Keynote

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