Climate change impact greater than insurance industry’s capacity to offset financial risk

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The affects of a warming planet will prove to be too expensive for coverage alone to keep up, say analysts. The financial risks associated with the climate change impact may become greater than what the insurance industry can cover, according to a new report. Analysts say that the financial risks are growing, from investing into coal-powered plants to the climbing premiums for flood insurance, the expenses are already rising and will continue to do so. That said, the difference that firms can make to control both the risks and the…

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Camp Fire in Northern California becomes states most destructive wildfire

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The wildfire has taken at least 23 lives and has left a massive trail of destroyed homes, cars and businesses. Northern California’s Camp Fire has officially become the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. The catastrophic blaze is leaving only charred remains of homes, businesses and vehicles. Even more devastating is the tragic loss of life, as at least 23 people have been killed. California has been plagued by wildfires in recent years, with this blaze already seeing the most destruction. The death toll rose over the weekend as…

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Insurance industry calculations required to change due to climate change impact

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Insurers have become the front line of the unpredictability linked with the Earth’s rapid warming. Insurance industry calculations are being forced to change as a result of the impact of climate change on the risks facing multiple sectors. Due to the nature of the business, insurance companies are among the first to face these issues. Measurably increasing rates of natural disasters are raising the number of claims and the size of those insurance claims to property, business, and auto insurers. Storms such as hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as droughts…

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Allstate releases its catastrophe loss estimate for July 2018

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The American insurance giant released the announcement of loss as well as its future predictions. The Allstate Corporation recently released its catastrophe loss estimate for July 2018. Throughout that month, it estimates having experienced loss from catastrophes reaching a pre-tax $262 million. This figure converts to $207 million after taxes are taken into consideration. The Allstate Insurance catastrophe losses were the result of 15 individual events in July. The July 2018 catastrophe loss estimate were the outcome of 15 separate catastrophic events. They brought with them losses of $220 million…

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Swiss Re insurance stops covering coal-dependent companies

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The massive insurer is a part of a growing movement finding that fossil fuels are becoming a liability. The Swiss Re insurance giant has implemented a new policy against covering firms highly reliant on coal. As the world works to eliminate coal power, firms are finding that the move is as good for their bottom line as it is for the environment. The insurance industry is starting to see many fossil fuels as a type of reliance too risky to cover. The new Swiss Re insurance coverage policy will refuse…

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Insurance drone use spikes as hurricane season gets rolling

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With each new season of potential natural disasters comes a much larger investment in this tech. Insurance drone use has been taking off – so to speak – with each new hurricane season. This year has been no exception. Every year, the tech proves itself in terms of improved safety for claims adjusters while simultaneously lowering costs. Insurance companies need to carefully plan their reactions to natural disasters for speed and reliability. When a hurricane happens, insurance companies need to move quickly. This requires substantial planning as well as tech…

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Flood insurance extension to be approved through new spending package

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The good news, however, may only extend until July when a new deadline may approach once more. A new flood insurance extension will take the pressure off the program for another four months. The $1.3 trillion federal spending deal will give the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) another reprieve. This is the fourth temporary extension the NFIP has experienced since September 2017. Washington lawmakers have now given themselves until July to either create another flood insurance extension or overhaul the NFIP. The alternative would be to allow the country’s flood…

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