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Tom Di Liberto: Plan for extreme weather but be optimistic

August 31, 2015

"America's Science Idol" DiLiberto says data tools are available to provide a fairly accurate picture of what extreme weather events will happen in the future. He's a meteorologist with the Famine Early Warning System, which forecasts flooding and droughts in the developing world, 

Along with working to mitigate climate change, Di Liberto suggests that businesses plan around a future of extreme weather, using data to figure out where it will occur.

"You have to think ahead and plan, think about your entire supply chain, how everything can be affected by weather and climate, about whether your business is resilient enough to withstand any kind of climate extreme," he advised a VERGE 2014 audience while in conversation with GreenBiz Director of Engagement Shana Rappaport. 

Yet rather than succumb to gloominess about this future, Di Liberto also suggests that people and businesses realize the opportunities before them to improve things.

"We have so much to do," he said, but at the same time, "there is this opportunity to shape the world in a way that can be the best for everybody" in both the developed and developing worlds.