Home Insurance Likely To Be a 2024 Climate Story Near You

In the first of a two-parter for our 2024 Journalists’ Guide to Environment & Energy, TipSheet looks at what climate-driven disasters mean for the home insurance market. Storms, floods and fire rip through communities, yet a federal insurance program falls short, lawmakers shy away from real reform and insurers grow hesitant to cover the risks, while homeowners often attempt to rebuild in the same problematic locales. Plus, see part two on extreme weather and insurance.

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"New Saltwater Forecast Could Spare Most Of New Orleans, Jefferson Parish"

"Forecasts for when salt water advancing up the Mississippi River will reach the New Orleans area were drastically pushed back Thursday, potentially sparing most of the city and Jefferson Parish entirely from the threat while avoiding the need to build an emergency pipeline estimated to cost as much as a quarter of a billion dollars."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 10/06/2023

EPA Opens Civil Rights Probe Into Alabama’s Management Of Sewage Funds

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will investigate possible racial discrimination in Alabama’s management of funds that can be used to bolster sewage infrastructure."

Source: The Hill, 10/05/2023

Biden Declares Emergency, Pipeline Planned As Salt Threatens Drinking Water

"The White House declared an emergency Wednesday for four Louisiana parishes threatened by salt intrusion in drinking water and officials warned that barges would be insufficient to deal with the problem on the east bank of New Orleans and Jefferson, prompting an urgent plan to build a pipeline."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 09/28/2023

"New Orleans Declares Emergency Over Saltwater Intrusion In Drinking Water"

"The New Orleans mayor, LaToya Cantrell, signed an emergency declaration for the city on Friday amid concerns about saltwater from the the Gulf of Mexico that has been creeping up the drought-hit Mississippi River in Louisiana."

Source: Guardian, 09/25/2023

Okefenokee Swamp Refuge Will Be Nominated For World Heritage Designation

"The National Park Service announced Friday that the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge will be nominated as a World Heritage Site, which moves forward the proposal four decades after the refuge was first considered a contender for the honor."

Source: States Newsroom, 09/25/2023

61 Indicted In Georgia On RICO Charges Connected To ‘Stop Cop City’ Movement

"ATLANTA — Sixty-one people have been indicted in Georgia on racketeering charges following a long-running state investigation into protests against a planned police and firefighter training facility in the Atlanta area that critics call “Cop City.”

In the sweeping indictment released Tuesday, Republican Attorney General Chris Carr alleged the defendants are “militant anarchists” who supported a violent movement that prosecutors trace to the widespread 2020 racial justice protests.

Source: AP, 09/07/2023

"Biden Surveys Storm Damage In Florida, Without DeSantis"

"President Joe Biden traveled to Florida on Saturday to survey the destruction from Hurricane Idalia and comfort victims of the storm, but he did not meet with Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential presidential rival, who opted not to come."

Source: Reuters, 09/05/2023

Shuttered EPA Probe Could’ve Brought 'Meaningful Reform' In Cancer Alley

"As industrial plants have overtaken historic Black communities and burdened neighborhoods with toxic air pollution, environmental advocates and residents of Louisiana’s chemical corridor have spent decades calling for change."

Source: WWNO, 09/05/2023

"In Florida, Python Hunters Stalk Their Targets In The Dark Of Night"

"Donna Kalil was creeping toward the end of the levee, heading out of the swampy wilderness and back to civilization, when she spotted it. There along the canal, nearly invisible amid the brush, was the elusive tan and brown pattern she’d been after all night. “Right there is one — python!” cried Kalil, 61, her voice rising above the honking frogs and chirping crickets of the Glades."

Source: Washington Post, 09/01/2023


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