A major report titled Telling the Weather Story: Can Canada Manage the Storms Ahead? Has been released by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).

The report was prepared by Gordon McBean (author of ACT’s Extreme Weather Events Report), Paul Kovacs, Jim Bruce, Dan Sandink; and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) team building on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific literature and ICLR reports.

The report was presented on Monday June 4, 2012 to the Empire Club in Toronto. Find more information including a news clip at: http://www.ibc.ca/en/Natural_Disasters/Weather_Story.asp

For years, IBC has played a leadership role in conducting research and developing sound strategies to help Canadians protect themselves [e.g., the Dry House interactive display and iPad app]. Because sound research into severe weather trends is critical, IBC commissioned Dr. Gordon McBean – one of Canada’s foremost climatologists – to research climate trends in Canada. The goal of the research is to understand the role of severe weather in the increasing damages to personal and commercial properties.

This research will help IBC work with Canadians to manage the stormy weather ahead.