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Thu April 10, 2014
Adapting To Climate Change; Flood Insurance
Adapting to Climate Change
Over the last few decades climate change has moved from speculation to reality in many American’s minds, as average global temperatures continue to rise, and the world witnesses deeper droughts, wilder hurricanes and so-called “floods of the century” that seem to now happen every couple of years. Although scientists remain dedicated to slowing or even reversing the change, there’s another group also warning of our need to adapt: to build higher bridges, sturdier culverts, and change home insurance plans to adjust to these new realities. Now new numbers from UNH show just how much warmer and wetter the Granite State could become- as climate researchers here bring their work out of the ivory tower to help communities prepare.
- Cameron Wake – climatology professor at the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. He co-authored UNH’s report on climate change in New Hampshire.
- Michael Simpson – climate adaptation scientist and chair of Environmental Studies department at Antioch University New England, which just announced a new center to study climate change preparedness.
As floods become more of a threat, more people may need flood insurance. But there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the federal flood insurance program. For the last part of our program, we're looking at this issue with an AP reporter who has covered the issue.
- Rik Stevens – northern New England correspondent for the Associated Press. He has covered the issue of flood insurance in the state.