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Robert Thorson, a geologist, reports that, even as oil and coal tycoons deny that the climates they are a-changing, the insurance industry is taking action. Naturally, it’s an action that will fix nothing and cost the insured, because it’s all about paying for the risk, not about fixing anything.
Moody’s has already been considering the growing risks of sea level rise and flooding into account in rating coastal properties, particularly those created on filled-in wetlands. It’s now going to do the same regarding government-issued bonds (emphasis added; more at the link).
Within the last decade, the owners of Connecticut coastal properties have been kicked in the shins by rising insurance premiums. Now, the state and municipal governments with jurisdiction over those lands are being kicked by Moody’s Investors Service. This credit rating agency, arguably our nation’s most respected, has put coastal states and municipalities on notice that Moody’s credit ratings for state and municipal bonds will hereafter be tied to coastal preparedness.
The fiscally conservative and hazards aware part of me is loving this news because it proclaims an obvious truth that we geologists have taught for a half-century. Easy come, easy go. Lowlands created easily by shallow fill will be the first to go under. We’re talking about our national mall in Washington, D.C., much of the Bay Area in San Francisco, the Florida coastal strip, New York, Boston and countless other cities with large areas of low-lying fill within city limits.
It’s the last full week of October and I’m running the freaking air conditioner, for Pete’s sake.
When I was a young ‘un, back in the olden days, the trees would have already have lost their leaves and I’d be wearing winter coats by now.
We are doomed.
Eleven, eleven, can someone give me eleven?
Located in the central Atlantic about 760 miles southwest of the Azores, the hurricane poses no threat to land and would probably be unremarkable if not for its place in the record books. The last time a hurricane season produced 10 consecutive storms was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach, when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson deplores the influence of ignorance in our society.
At The Daily Banter, Bob Cesca looks at America’s response to climate change and despairs. A snippet:
Along those lines, it’s difficult to resist the instinct to feel utterly hopeless and cynical. We’re in it now, and a frustrating lack of political will mixed with public apathy or outright denial has completely stymied what should’ve otherwise happened years ago: an effort of the magnitude of the Apollo program to find affordable, clean, renewable energy sources while rapidly killing off entrenched yet archaic polluters. But we’re not a prevention nation. We’re a self-indulgent one. We’d rather continue our bad habits while finding ways to ease the side effects.
For example, rather than eating right and exercising, while supporting efforts to improve our food supply, we’d rather pop a few Lipitor to reduce our cholesterol, or a Nexium to reduce the acid reflux.
Addendum, Later That Same Day:
The Charlotte Observer reports on how coastal real estate developers are trying to weasel out of being honest about the dangers of flooding.
Dick Polman applauds while deriding Florida Governor Scott on Irma and climate change. A snippet; follow the link for the rest (emphasis added).
It’s great that Scott was front and center as the storm-on-steroids crept closer. It’s not so great that Scott’s regime barred its staffers from using the term climate change. According to one investigation, released in 2015, “[State] environmental protection officials have been ordered not to use the term ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming’ in any official communications, emails, or reports,” and Scott’s minions refused to use the term in public hearings — in the apparent belief that if the words weren’t uttered, the crisis would go away or cease to exist.