05 Jan '12, 10pm

For Insurers, Climate Change is Very Real

Weather disasters taking a toll on the bottom line Hurricane Floyd approaching Florida in 2011. (Hal Pierce / NOAA) A vibrant climate change denial industry keeps telling Americans not to worry about global warming because the science is in dispute. The insurance industry begs to differ. A new report finds that climate-related disasters made 2011 an especially tough year for the sector that helps us rebuild after natural disasters. According to the Insurance Information Institute , some $32 billion in claims was paid out to help people rebuild homes and businesses damaged or destroyed by natural disasters in the USA last year. For every $1.16 paid out in claims, only $1 was came in as premiums. This is undermining insurers’ ability to stay in the business. Worldwide, $105 billion in insured loss topped the previous record in of $101 billion in 2005. Weather Disasters Incre...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2012-january/for-insurers-cl...

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