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Parem de assegurar o desastre climático

RIPTON, VERMONT – No mês passado, o Reino Unido desfrutou pela primeira vez, desde o início da Revolução Industrial, de um dia inteiro sem necessidade de ter energia a carvão. Isto é uma notícia extraordinária – e uma previsão futura do avanço que o país que começou o romance secular da humanidade a queimar combustível proveniente das pedras negras começou a ter.

Tal como o faxe deu lugar ao email e o óleo de baleia deu lugar ao querosene, também o carvão está a dar lugar a formas mais limpas de energia. E essa passagem acontecerá mais depressa – talvez depressa o suficiente para nos deixar pelo menos abrandar o ritmo das alterações climáticas - se a indústria imensa e poderosa das seguradoras fizer a sua parte.

Ao subscrever o desenvolvimento da nossa sociedade industrial e o carvão que a tem alimentado, a indústria seguradora foi um dos ativadores cruciais, mas frequentemente negligenciado da Revolução Industrial.

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