Verisk Perspectives

An ISO Emerging Issues Report

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In this edition, Verisk Perspectives offers commentary and analyses from experts across multiple Verisk business units on a range of health and safety topics including civil unrest, COVID-19, the environment, oil, gas, and energy, among many others.

Car Burning On Fire

A dangerous new era of civil unrest is dawning in the United States and around the world

Spurred by recessions, the pandemic and local political factors, civil unrest is roiling populations around the globe. The U.S. is no exception.

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Drought

Drought X: Understanding the risks of a flash drought

What could happen to insurers and food supplies if a once-in-a-century drought struck the U.S.? Buckle up.

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Coal Mining

Why human rights in supply chains are a growing concern

Human rights abuses in countries critical to products like batteries and hand sanitizer could introduce new risks for companies.

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Covid 19 Molecule

COVID-19’s long tail: Why we may be living with the effects of the disease for years to come

As deadly as the pandemic has been, its survivors may face life-altering complications and lingering effects from the novel coronavirus.

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Obesity

How the obesity epidemic could impact insurers

As more research is undertaken on the causes of obesity, could food be “the new tobacco” when it comes to litigation risks?

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Air Pollution

How human emissions heighten health and safety risks

From suffocating wildfire smog to climate altering greenhouse gases, global air pollution causes millions of deaths a year and severe economic damage.

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Stethoscopes

How will climate change impact human health?

It’s no secret that a warming planet could introduce scores of property and natural catastrophe risks. But don’t overlook the health impacts that could result as well.

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Oil And Gas

How COVID-19 created new risks, and opportunities, for the oil and gas industry

Thought buying toilet paper was tough? COVID-19 played havoc with energy supply lines and created new risks in the process.

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Energy Sources

What does COVID-19 mean for energy transition risks?

Will the pandemic derail efforts to go green, or will it spur a renewed push for greater sustainability?

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Science Experiment

Why understanding and communicating uncertainty are crucial parts of risk management

When it comes to communicating risks, particularly around chemical safety, the truth is rarely simple.

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About ISO Emerging Issues

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About ISO Emerging Issues

The ISO Emerging Issues team covers more than 40 emerging risks and trends to help insurers and risk management professionals better identify and understand the risk exposures of the future. Our research also informs product development at Verisk. Visit the Emerging Issues website to access the latest research and to subscribe to a weekly newsletter with insights and analysis on the newest developments in emerging risk.

Meet the team

William Mauro

Vice president and head of coverage for ISO commercial lines at Verisk

Since joining Verisk in 2003, Billy has been involved in many of ISO’s commercial lines coverage initiatives, including those related to commercial property, general liability, commercial auto, commercial umbrella/excess, businessowners, cyber and other ISO commercial lines of business. Billy also leads the Premium Audit Advisory Services, CourtSide and ISO Emerging Issues units at Verisk, has authored articles for several insurance publications, and is a frequent presenter at industry events.

Andrewblancher

Director of ISO commercial automobile product development and ISO Emerging Issues at Verisk

Andrew is responsible for overseeing the development, revision, and maintenance of ISO's commercial automobile forms, rules, and loss costs programs. He has more than 30 years of experience in commercial automobile insurance. As director of ISO Emerging Issues, Andrew manages a research team that analyses a host of technological, atmospheric, and societal changes and publishes timely content contextualized for the insurance industry. He has authored numerous articles for publications such as Rough Notes and Verisk’s Visualize. He is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at industry conferences and a teacher at accredited educational seminars. Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Binghamton University and has earned the designation of a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).

Christopher Sirota

ISO Emerging Issues product development lead at Verisk

Christopher is responsible for research in emerging risks that may affect the insurance industry to support product development and for maintaining the ISO Emerging Issues website. With over 20 years at Verisk, Christopher has previously been involved in product development for personal and commercial auto programs related to telematics and connected vehicles. He also has presented at industry events on the topic. Christopher has earned the designation of a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).

David Geller

ISO Emerging Issues senior analyst at Verisk

David is responsible for research in emerging risks that may affect the insurance industry to support product development and to maintain the ISO Emerging Issues website. David has presented at industry events and authored articles for several insurance publications covering a variety of emerging issues. David has helped develop new ISO commercial programs as well as file revised state endorsements in response to regulatory developments. Prior to joining Verisk, David was a liability claims examiner and commercial lines underwriter. David has earned the designation of a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and a Senior Claims Law Associate (SCLA).