Climate change and severe weather could increase insurance rates for everyone

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Even homeowners who don’t reside in areas struck by recent hurricanes could feel the pinch. Homeowners across America wouldn’t likely be surprised to hear that climate change and the severe weather coming with it could raise insurance rates in areas like Florida and Texas. That said, just because an area wasn’t struck by Harvey or Irma, it doesn’t mean rates won’t rise there, too. Motorists and homeowners throughout many U.S. states will likely watch premiums rise over the next while. Insurance companies are being increasingly affected by climate change. Severe…

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Climate change may have a higher economic impact than previously believed

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The damage rising global temperatures is causing may become much more expensive than predicted. A recently published report has placed the spotlight on the “urban heat island” effect of climate change. This effect was detailed in the Nature Climate Change journal, revealing that urban centers will see a considerably greater expense from global warming. The report was based on an analysis of 1,692 cities around the world and the impact changing temperatures will have. The analysis determined that the economic impact of climate change may be 2.6 times greater than…

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Climate change challenges getting the best of most insurance companies

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A recent report showed that the majority of insurers are not keeping up with the trends when making investment decisions. When it comes to the climate change challenges faced by insurance companies, many are not being met. In fact, a recent study said 90 percent of insurers are failing in this important area. Insurance companies aren’t considering climate change when they decide on investments, said the report. This information was presented by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project in a report they published. The Asset Owners Disclosure Project conducted the research.…

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Will the global insurance industry save us from climate change?

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Earth Day turned a lot of heads toward the critical environmental issues we’re facing. The global insurance industry has stepped up and has shown that it was listening when scientists around the world made it clear that the top message they wanted to share on Earth Day 2016 was that the planet’s temperatures are rising. Regardless of whether people agree with the cause of the matter, it is happening in a measurable way. Why is the global insurance industry showing concern? For one thing, it’s made up of people who,…

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Climate risk insurance gets $30 million from United States

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The goal of this investment into the coverage is to help to ensure the poor will be protected against changing weather patterns. President Barack Obama recently announced that the United States would be contributing $30 million toward coverage from climate risk insurance programs throughout the Pacific, Central America and Africa. The announcement was made by the president while he attended a meeting in Paris with small island nation leaders. The U.S. Department of State added to the president’s announcement by explaining that these funds are a component of a larger…

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Climate change extremes force the insurance industry to form new strategies

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As the weather breaks away from historical trends and reaches record breaking highs and lows, insurers face increasing costs. Now that climate change has become a measured and broadly accepted occurrence – despite the ongoing controversy surrounding its cause – the insurance industry is finding itself facing the brunt of the costs generated by the damage caused by extreme weather and it is seeking new strategies to reduce those expenses. In order to do this, insurance companies are hoping that efforts can be made to reduce damages in the first…

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Climate change is proving unsettling for insurance agents

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Lloyd’s of London has revealed that it is starting to look into potential catastrophes from the new reality. Lloyd’s of London has just released a document that is rather unsettling to insurance agents in the way that it has shown that it is currently exploring potential apocalyptic disasters that could result from the impact of climate change on the current structure of the world. The report detailed the way that there could essentially be a worldwide meltdown from a food supply chain failure. This was far from the type of…

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Current insurance trends aren’t enough protection from climate change

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Wealthier nations can afford the premiums for coverage but poorer countries don’t have that privilege. The insurance trends that are currently in place do have a focus on providing protection for those who are the most vulnerable against the types of peril that the weather can cause, particularly in the case of farmers who are the primary suppliers of food. But as extreme weather becomes more commonplace, some wonder whether these efforts will be enough. While many believe that the necessary arrangements will be possible to protect against the damage…

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Insurance industry calls for action on climate change

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Report from coalition calls for better disaster preparedness A coalition of large insurer, consumer advocacy groups, and environmental organizations called SmarterSafer has release a report that is urging the U.S. to overhaul its disaster policies in light of increasingly disastrous weather related to climate change. The insurance industry has expressed concern over climate change for years, urging companies to prepare for violent weather and petitioning governments to take more action against this phenomenon or risk potential financial disaster. Report highlights the fault of the disaster framework in the United States…

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Wildfire insurance could continue in Oregon, but at a cost

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The state will be able to continue to purchase its unique coverage, but with a higher deductible and premium. Lloyd’s of London has now offered Oregon wildfire insurance coverage of up to $25 million for the upcoming season, but it will involve a greater expense than in previous years and the deductible will be notably higher. For instance, the coverage that will be provided will kick in only after the state has paid a $50 million deductible. After that deductible has been paid, the wildfire insurance coverage being provided by…

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