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Comments on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings (EDF, Institute for Policy Integrity)

These comments support an advance notice of proposed rulemaking by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as an important step in OSHA’s efforts to develop strong heat stress protections for workers. The comments recommend that OSHA consider climate change amplification of occupational heat risks and the…
Michael Panfil
January 26, 2022
Adaptation as Risk ManagementAgency FilingRisk Management

Comments to Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council on Minimizing the Risk of Climate Change in Federal Acquisitions

In the normal course of operation for federal procurement under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), care is taken to structure purchases and contracts consistent with principles of efficiency, risk management, and cost minimization. Existing procedures, however, do not yet incorporate and manage financial risks posed by the consequences of climate…
Michael Panfil
January 13, 2022
Agency FilingFinancial RegulationRegulatory Activities

Comments on Department of Labor Proposed Rule on Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights

These comments support a Department of Labor proposed rule that clarifies that retirement plan fiduciaries should consider climate risk and other ESG factors whenever relevant to financial risk-return analysis for investment and proxy voting decisions. The comments additionally offer suggestions on potential improvements to the proposal for the Department's consideration.
Michael Panfil
December 13, 2021
Adaptation as Risk ManagementBlog/News ArticleEnvironmental JusticeFinancial DisclosureFinancial RegulationPrivate GovernanceRisk Management

Climate Change Comes to Insurance

This opinion piece explains the risks climate change poses to insurers, both as underwriters and as investors. It argues that it is necessary to align incentives in the insurance industry to prevent widespread defaults that would leave policyholders unprotected and examine areas where risks are distributed inequitably.
Michael Panfil
December 3, 2021