The insurance industry has a role in climate adaptation, flood reduction
Cities should protect and enhance "natural infrastructure" to reduce flooding. The insurance industry should pay for an education and outreach campaign promoting flood protection for homeowners and the real estate sector.
These were some key recommendations in a report released this month by Partners for Action, an initiative funded by the Cooperators and carried out by researchers at the University of Waterloo. This past June, representatives from major insurance companies and other stakeholders gathered to address extreme weather. Together, stakeholders identified â€œwinning conditions that must be established within Canada to help de-risk flood potentialâ€.
In 2013, the Canadian insurance industry paid out $3.2 billion dollars in claims related to severe weather â€“ the Alberta floods alone cost the industry $1.72 billion dollars. Flooding has overtaken fire as the highest cost to insurers in claims, and Aviva reported that the value of an average claim from water damage had increased 160% between 2000 and 2010. This is in spite of the fact that Canadian insurers (uniquely among G8 nations) do not offer residential coverage for overland flooding.
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Urban flooding bill introduced in Congress. US Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan Urban Flooding Awareness Act. The Act will help American communities identify innovative solutions that can protect their investments and environment. Read the act here.
DDOE approves first stormwater retention credit trade. The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has approved a trade of 11,013 Stormwater Retention Credits (SRCs) worth $25,000. SRC trading can increase the total volume of stormwater runoff being kept out of District waterbodies and provide other sustainability benefits, such as reducing the urban heat island effect and providing green jobs. For more information, visit ddoe.dc.gov/src.
Filters for stormdrains. A town in Massachusetts is installing filters on 52 storm drains to capture suspended solids, oils, hydrocarbons and phosphorus. The filters need to be replaced every 3-5 years and regularly cleaned. Do you have experience with filters for storm drains and their effectiveness for removing pollution? Discuss this on The Umbrella.
Living Waters Rally. 3-6 October, 2014. Freshwater lovers, advocates and colleagues gather for four days of education, celebration and inspiration in Ottawa-Gatineau.