Climate Change and its Possible Effects on the US Paper Industry, Paper360º July/August 2016
Almost 200 years after the first fourdrinier paper machine was installed in the United States, the paper industry may be looking at substantial risks in the way we do business. Climate change could affect core resources that drive our industry.
Although there is general consensus among most climatologists on the cause and effects of global warming, there is a portion of the US population that still remains skeptical. This article is not an attempt to provide conclusive evidence on either side of the issue. Rather, the authors wish to discuss some of the potential effects on our industry and, we hope, open further discussion on possible actions that the industry might take. The fundamental core of business management is risk analysis and, by planning ahead, the investment decisions we make now may help reduce our costs in the future. To quote Yogi Berra, “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
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