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Energy storage system (ESS) market continues to grow

Energy Storage System Market

Energy storage systems play an increasingly critical role in energy infrastructure. But are they a major fire hazard waiting to happen?

Energy storage system (ESS) market continues to grow

According to the Department of Energy's (DOE) U.S. Office of Electricity, power plants generally produce a fixed amount of electricity but the demand for it can change, such as between night and day, or summer and winter. Therefore, utilities seek ways to store electricity for times when demand is high, so-called peak times.

This power storage becomes even more important for alternative energy supplies, like wind or solar, which can also fluctuate, for example due to lack of wind or sun, and therefore may need additional energy to meet the demand of users.

Hemp vs. marijuana: Cross-pollination concerns grow

Hemp Cannabis Cross Pollination Concerns

Industrial hemp farmers and marijuana farmers may be botanically at odds if their fields are located too close to each other.

Hemp vs. marijuana: Cross-pollination concerns grow

With some federal restrictions lifted, hemp farming has been expanding; according to the advocacy group Vote Hemp, licensed acreage has quadrupled to 511,442 across 34 states in 2019.

That said, industrial hemp farmers and marijuana farmers may be botanically at odds if their fields are located too close to each other: They may face cross-pollination.

Permafrost, peatlands, and the Arctic domino effect

Climate Change Arctic Domino Effect

Changing Arctic weather patterns are beginning to produce tangible results beyond the Arctic that could eventually reverberate throughout the world.

Permafrost, peatlands, and the Arctic domino effect

While the manifestations of climate change can be seen and felt on the ground level (record-breaking heat, increased flooding events, and more), the dynamics that underlie the shifts are more subtle.

The changes currently ongoing in the Arctic, which is reportedly warming at rates twice as fast as the rest of the world, may be guiding weather patterns that cause tangible issues for more densely populated regions.

Edge computing is coming: What is it?

What Is Edge Computing

Edge computing may be around the corner, delivering with it a host of associated benefits and risks.

Edge computing is coming: What is it?

Technology has gone a long way in defining the developments of the past decade. Ten years from now, our retrospective on the 2020s may very well be the same.

The ISO Emerging Issues team covers technological breakthroughs to glean a sense of how the risks of the future may develop. Among other technologies, we have covered and continue to monitor quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and 5G.

What could the future of food production and distribution look like?

Indoor Vertical Farming

How come some U.S. farmers are being compelled to waste so many food products when hundreds of millions of people—both at home and abroad—are dealing with crisis levels of hunger?

What could the future of food production and distribution look like?

For some Americans, technological advancements have embedded an expectation of convenience into virtually all aspects of life.

But COVID-19 may produce an innovation earthquake that compels society and its brightest minds to shift its focus into the aspects of our lives that have been staples for generations, namely health and food.

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Grey Swans and Black Elephants: Why We Keep Getting Surprised and What We Can Learn from Them

Rade Musulin, a Principal at Finity Consulting in Sydney, Australia shares his insights on crises during which the sudden onset of unforeseen risks led to serious financial turmoil and major changes in risk management.


Featured: Modern Cannabis 2021 and Beyond

The cannabis industry continues to evolve. What might we expect in the near future? Terradigm Co-founder, Sean Arnold, highlights some current commercial cannabis trends with a particular focus on certain standards in this industry and how they have evolved.

Verisk Perspectives

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.

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Is this the next major liability event?

New research from Verisk Emerging Issues explores whether PFAS "forever chemicals" have the makings of a major liability event.

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Top 5 Emerging Risks

Five top emerging risks on students' radars

What emerging risks are top of mind for rising insurance industry talent? Read on.

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What can be done about cryptocurrency’s energy use?

Cryptocurrency consumes immense amounts of energy, but these solutions may point the way to a greener future.

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Putting the next generation of insurance talent in focus

New research from Verisk Emerging Issues and students at ISU sheds light on the potentially staggering costs of a solar flare.

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