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Environmental Insurance Defined

Anthony Saunders is an insurance broker and specializes in the identification of environmental liabilities and creating environmental sustainability through insurance covers. Why? Without environmental insurance, the costs of rectifying unabated pollution weigh too heavily on society's ability to...

Environmental Insurance Defined

Anthony Saunders is an insurance broker and specializes in the identification of environmental liabilities and creating environmental sustainability through insurance covers. Why? Without environmental insurance, the costs of rectifying unabated pollution weigh too heavily on society's ability to...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Mayor Michael Bloomberg Pitches Sweeping Storm Protection Plan For NYC

NYC MAYOR PITCHES SWEEPING STORM PROTECTION PLAN: Last week, less than a year after Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard and with only 203 days left in his final term, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a sweeping plan to protect the city from future storms. The plan, laid out in a 438...

Supreme Court Denies Cert For Appeal of Ruling That Federal Government Not Liable For Flood Destruction From Hurricane Katrina

By Jennifer Hans, WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 refused to hear an appeal of a lower federal court's ruling that the application of the discretionary function exception (DFE) to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) completely insulates the U.S. government from...

Hurricane Sandy-Stricken Shore Towns Avoid Big Tax Hikes - For Now

One of the many fears created by last year's Superstorm Sandy was that it would cause so much property damage in coastal towns of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut that they would have to impose huge tax increases on surviving structures to make up the difference. But thanks largely to the more...

Flooded House

Department Of Insurance Experts Deployed To Assist Clover Fire Evacuees With Homeowners' Insurance Coverage

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) is currently tracking evacuations due to wildfires in the state, including the recovery efforts after the Clover Fire near Redding that left 68 residences destroyed, five damaged and the death of 56-year-old Brian Stanley Henry that remains under investigation...

On the Anniversary of Sandy, New Study Presents Lessons Learned from Existing Tools to Protect Coastal Communities

State and municipal governments have many legal tools at their disposal to relocate vulnerable communities away from risky coasts, according to a new study released by the Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law. Tuesday, October 29, marked the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and its...

Remembrance and Gratitude

We Remember This is a day for remembrance and gratitude. We, who live here in Canada, are among the luckiest people in the world, despite the follies and flaws of some of our leaders and governments. From my family’s experience, both in the Holocaust and now, I am acutely aware that peace...

Rating State Hazard Mitigation Plans

The Columbia Center for Climate Change Law has released a report (and accompanying Excel database ) surveying and ranking all 50 State Hazard Mitigation Plans. The Survey considers to what extent and in what manner climate change related issues are incorporated into existing plans. In accordance with...

Philippines Calls For “Emergency Climate Pathway”

By Meredith James In an impassioned speech at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Kyoto Protocol, the Philippines’ chief negotiator, Yeb Sano, called on the parties to take immediate, drastic action to tackle the climate crisis. IISD VIDEO: Philippines delegate Naderev Saño...

Florida's Move to Establish a Stronger Private Flood Insurance Market Provides an Opportunity for Insurers, Developers and Property Owners

The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 In 2012, Congress passed a law to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to make the program self-supporting without federal subsidies. Specifically, the law called for local flood maps to be updated. Existing subsidies and discounts...

New Center for Climate Change Law Paper: Envisioning Resilient Electrical Infrastructure

by Sam Nierop, Visiting Scholar Only last month, a powerful storm left thousands without access to electricity across Europe.[1] Last year, Hurricane Sandy left more than 8 million people without power in the Northeastern United States.[2] As climate change amplifies the frequency and severity...

Is That Covered? Roof Collapse Due to the Weight of Ice or Snow

As a result of our snowy Winter in 2013-14, policyholders may be faced with the issue of whether insurance covers damage to a business facility or home due to a roof collapse from the weight of heavy snow or ice? The answer depends on whether the policyholder's business property or homeowner's...

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Responding to Concerns About Affordability, Congress Pulls the Plug on 2012 Flood Insurance Reforms

Ethan I. Strell, CCCL Associate Director and Fellow President Obama has signed into law the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (2014 Act), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], whose stated purpose is to “delay the implementation of certain provisions of...

Hurricane Galvestion Flood Houses on Stilts 300

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards Millions in Federal Funding to Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Efforts in New York and New Jersey

Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan has announced the Rebuild by Design Competition’s six winners. Created by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force in 2013, ‘Rebuild by Design’ awards HUD funding to infrastructure projects...

Environmental Protection Agency Releases New Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a new Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation , building on the last policy statement released by the EPA in June 2011. In the statement, the EPA has developed a more direct, urgent tone in describing the initiatives to be taken in adapting to the...

The Napa Earthquake – The Time To Think About Insurance Coverage Is Now

By David Smith Last month's Napa earthquake served as a wake-up call for everyone living and working in the Greater Bay Area. As with all natural disasters, after the immediate clean-up is over the analysis will begin as to how to make buildings safer and how to prevent and minimize injuries...

How To Answer Sustainability Program Doubters

We’re coming to the end of the year - the time that companies think seriously about the future. Financial performance data is in; you know where you stand. What is the direction of your firm? If your firm does not already have an energy or sustainability program or has a middling one, there may...

In Sandy’s Wake, BIG U Promises Lower Manhattan Upped Coastal Protection

In 2013, President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force devised the Rebuild by Design Competition . Applicants were to design a “fundable and implementable” infrastructure project to mitigate the dangers of rising sea levels and increasingly frequent extreme weather events...

Is Your Business Prepared for a Crisis?

A crisis can destroy a business’s reputation and bottom line. A crisis can come from anywhere: a surprise EPA, OSHA, or other regulatory inspection, a natural disaster, or a man-made catastrophe like the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion last year. Though a business owner can never anticipate...