Most Americans Convinced 11/09/05 FOX News Poll: Global Warming Thursday, November 10, 2005 By Dana Blanton NEW YORK — Most Americans believe global warming exists and a majority thinks it is a major problem — if not a crisis, according to a recent FOX News poll. Even so, less than half think they personally can do anything about the problem. The new national poll finds that 77 percent of Americans believe global warming is happening
Producing plastics, for packaging and fibers, from 100% annually renewable resources 2005 new green power purchase 59 million kWh/year of Green-e ® certified RECs Generated by 22 MW of wind turbines in Great Plains Business case Offset 100% of the company’s net greenhouse gas emissions from polymer production and the world’s largest lactic acid plant NatureWorks ® PLA is now the world’s first greenhouse-gas neutral polymer Photo courtesy of Sterling Planet Insert photo of PLA product
Modified from an original advertisement appearing in: The Financial Times: Special Report Section. October 18, 2005. p. 3. “ Today, climate change is a fact. And change presents us with both risks and opportunities.” Ivo Menzinger and his team identify environmental risks and help develop sustainable strategies to cope with them. Swiss Re was among the first to recognise the potential impact of climate change on the financial services industry and to study effective ways of managing associated risks. Combining expertise and financial strength, Swiss Re is ideally positioned to provide your company with tailored solutions to mitigate your exposure and protect your balance sheet – ensuring, in a climate of uncertainty, that you feel secure. www.swissre.com
The Frequency of Weather- Related Disasters Source: Swiss Re 2005
Global Weather Losses from “Great” Events, 1950-2004 Source: Swiss Re 2005
Total = 185 megawatts (MW) ProductMW Wind RECs138 Low impact hydropower 42 Solar & other3 Biomass RECs2 2005 projects & purchases In 2005 the Group doubled its use of renewable energy, hitting the 360 MW mark Total = 360 MW Total projects & purchases since 2000 Wind RECs Landfill gas thermal & electric projects Hydrogen fuel cells Low impact hydropower Biomass RECs Landfill gas RECs Wind power Solar & other 161 MW 42 37 35 34 21 9 21
EarthTrends: The Data Behind the Report http://earthtrends.wri.org
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