Year: 2017

Climate Change Has Damaged Historic Seminole Sites, Archaeologists Say

Despite some GOP members’ skepticism about the state of the environment, climate change continues to affect the geographically vulnerable ecology of South Florida. State politicians such as Gov. Rick Scott have circumvented the issue, denied its urgency, and even refused to acknowledge the existence of sea-level rise, worsening weather patterns, and erosion. But at the […]

Coastal Risk & Yep Insurance Announce Partnership to Provide Enhanced Flood Insurance Data and Tools

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Coastal Risk & Yep Insurance have announced a partnership today that presents a new-found hope for the challenging issues surrounding the complicated risks of flooding and the side-effects that come along with misunderstanding this unique force of nature. While thousands of Americans are currently struggling to recover […]

Flood Insurance Must Reflect Risk

Even if there wasn’t evidence of rising sea levels, flood insurance markets would be struggling to keep their heads above water. Decades of unchecked coastal development, particularly in Florida, have vastly increased the number of properties exposed to the risk of flooding, and the replacement values of those structures have skyrocketed. Under normal conditions, severe […]

Urban Land Institute Report Helps St. Pete Get Proactive in Fight Against Climate Change

ST. PETERSBURG — The summers are getting hotter. The sea is rising. And as the fallout from climate change becomes more drastic, St. Petersburg is among the most vulnerable cities in the country. But the city is trying to defend itself, exploring strategies to protect its most endangered neighborhoods. After receiving a $30,000 grant from […]

Greater Miami Officials Get in an Empire State of Mind (For the Sake of Urban Resiliency)

Miami-Dade County and the cities of Miami and Miami Beach each have a resilience officer who helps plan for long-term challenges like sea level rise, traffic and the high cost of housing. The resilience officers work with local officials and also with a prestigious international program called 100 Resilient Cities. Last week, the trio from […]

North Korea Aside, Guam Faces Another Threat: Climate Change

HONG KONG — The island of Guam made rare headlines this week when North Korea, responding to blustery language from President Trump, threatened to fire four ballistic missiles into waters near the American territory’s shores. Some Guam residents told reporters that they worried what might happen if North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, were actually to […]

A 1992 Hurricane Andrew Would Leave $50-60 billion Insured Losses If It Struck Today

25 years after the devastating Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida, Swiss Re calculated what the loss levels would be today if the same hurricane hit the region, revealing insured losses would double to reach $50-60 billion, and economic damage would exceed $80 to $100 billion. This is due to stark development and asset value growth […]