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Nov 6, 2023

In episode 194 of America Adapts, we take a deep dive on climate risk and the insurance sector. Earlier in the fall host Doug Parsons attended a two day conference hosted at American University in Washington DC. The conference was organized by Environmental Defense Fund, SBP and American University. The event brought together experts that focus on the role of insurance when it comes to building equity in disaster recovery, reducing future losses, expanding coverage with new innovations, and managing increasing climate-related disasters. You’ll hear the need for insurance companies to conduct climate risk analysis and the role of government in addressing these issues. Experts at this conference laid the intellectual groundwork on where the insurance industry will need to go and you’ll hear highlights in this episode.

This episode was generously sponsored by Environmental Defense Fund.

Transcripts available here.

Agenda from the Climate Risk conference available here.

Video recordings from the Climate Risk Conference available here.

  • Dr. Carolyn Kousky, Associate Vice President for Economics and Policy at Environmental Defense Fund 
  • Francis Bouchard, Managing Director, Climate, Marsh McLennan 
  • Helen Wiley, Disaster Preparedness Program Director, SBP
  • Janelle Kellerman, Founder The Center for Sea Rise Solutions
  • Rob Moore, Senior Policy Analyst, People & Communities Program, Natural Resources Defense Council 
  • Theodora Makris, Program Manager at Center for NYC Neighborhoods 
  • Kate Stillwell, Founder of Jumpstart Insurance 
  • Doug Heller, Director of Insurance, Consumer Federation of America

Topics covered:

  • Managing climate risk
  • Reducing Inequities in Recovery
  • Community Models of Insurance
  • Insurance and Local Government Financial Needs
  • Escalating Climate Risk and Insurance Markets
  • Rethinking public and private strategies for risk transfer
  • Linking flood insurance to buyouts

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Resources and Links in this episode:

Inclusive Insurance for Climate-Related Disasters: A Roadmap for the United States
SBP’s Prepare Program
Harnessing Risk Transfer to Support Immediate Post-Disaster Needs of Low- and Moderate-Income Households: A Meso-Insurance Pilot in New York City
Improving the Post-Flood Financial Resilience of Lower-Income Households through Insurance
Community-Based Catastrophe Insurance
Parametric Insurance for Disasters
Can Insurance Save us from Climate Disaster?
Background on home buyouts:
Jumpstart Insurance
California Climate Insurance Working Group
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