Why Flood Insurance Policies Aren’t Ready For Climate Change

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Lucian Perkins
Home by the shore map photo
Lucian Perkins

Why Flood Insurance Policies Aren’t Ready For Climate Change

For our latest Heat of the Moment Twiter conversation, we took on the intricacies of this Heat of the Moment story about how when it comes to making wrenching decisions about sea level rise, coastal homeowners are basically on their own. Our guests, Dr. Benjamin Strauss of Climate Central’s Surging Seas team and Sam Evans-Brown, host of NHPR’s Outside/In, discussed why current policies aren’t set up to handle sea level rise.

Catch up below and send any other questions you have to @ben_strauss and @SamEBNHPR.

We started with some facts about sea level rise and the areas most at risk:

And how sea level rise affects coastal communities:

And why flood insurance policy doesn’t always reflect these risks:

We talked about future projections…

…and why this timeline makes it tough to understand climate change.

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