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Flood survivor Rob Bialowas at his home in Lismore. Jason O'Brien/AAP

Home insurance bills are soaring as climate risks grow. The government should step in

With average insurance premiums up 28% in the past year, there’s growing pressure on the insurance industry to rethink its opposition to a government-owned and run disaster reinsurance pool.
Damaged buildings sit in the water along the shore following Hurricane Fiona in Rose Blanche-Harbour Le Cou, N.L. in September, 2022. Fiona left a trail of destruction across much of Atlantic Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Canadians are unprepared for natural hazards. Here’s what we can do about it

As extreme weather events increase in frequency and severity, many Canadians are still unaware of how to prepare for a natural disaster.
Brendan Beirne

Supermarket shelves were empty for months after the Lismore floods. Here’s how to make supply chains more resilient

When the roads flooded around Lismore, it left supermarket shelves empty for months. Keeping everyone fed took a huge community effort. Now we need to make food supply secure.
Mississippi River flooding left parts of Davenport, Iowa, under water in May 2023. KC McGinnis/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

America’s aging flood control infrastructure is failing – federal funding is coming, but too often new construction relies on old data

Flood risks are rising, yet communities may spend millions of dollars in federal infrastructure funding on systems that aren’t built to handle them.
A placard placed by local activists in Calais, northern France, March 8, 2023. Rhetoric about the threat posed by climate-induced displacement does not accurately portray the reality for most of those affected. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Fearmongering about people fleeing disasters is a dangerous and faulty narrative

Recognizing the challenges posed by climate-induced displacement is important. But officials must avoid rhetoric about displaced people that can fuel xenophobia.

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