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Former New York mayor and part-time Bermuda resident Michael Bloomberg was unveiled last night as the keynote speaker for the Bermuda Climate Risk Forum this month.

A Bermuda Tourism Authority spokeswoman said Mr Bloomberg will kick off the forum at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club with a conversation on climate risk with David Burt, the Premier .

Kevin Dallas, the BTA chief executive, said the organisation was honoured to have Mr Bloomberg — an entrepreneur and philanthropist — involved in the event.

Mr Dallas added: “We hope the forum provides a platform for stimulating community discussion on this critical issue, showcasing our corporate, science and government stakeholders — and also providing another great reason to bring clients, brokers, board directors and other guests to the island for our ‘Bermuda-fall' PGA Tour event.”

The forum will be held by the BTA on October 30, in association with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and the Bermuda Championship.

Bill Curry, the president and CEO of Bios, said: “We're very pleased to be a part of this important conversation about climate risk, along with industry and public-sector stakeholders.

“We have a long history of studying the climate from an ocean perspective and conducting research into risk with our partners in the insurance industry through our Risk Prediction Initiative.

“This forum gives us an opportunity to explore the intersection of climate science and an increased understanding of risk from multiple perspectives.”

Mr Bloomberg and Mr Burt will be followed by two panel discussions, one on the problems created by climate change and the other on science and business of risk and resilience.

Mr Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg LP, launched his information technology start-up in 1981 and built it into a global organisation that employs nearly 20,000 people in 120 countries.

He served three terms as mayor of New York City and has tackled the issue of climate change through Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Mr Bloomberg recently launched Beyond Carbon, the largest campaign to fight the climate crisis in the US, designed to speed up the closure of coal plants and stop the construction of gas plants.

Registration for the Bermuda Climate Risk Forum is $175 per person and includes attendance at the morning event, followed by lunch and ferry transport to and from the invitation-only Pro-Am of the PGA Tour: Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton.

To register for the Bermuda Climate Risk Forum online, visit the event's page at cvent.com

Michael Bloomberg, speaking at the BDA's New York Executive Forum (Photograph supplied)

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Published October 18, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated October 18, 2019 at 3:37 pm)

Bloomberg to speak at Bermuda forum

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