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Climate Change in 2015 Could be Bigger Than Religion – or Selfie

The phrase “climate change” yields roughly 108 million results in a Google search – in the ballpark in terms of numbers of results with “Jesus Christ,” “Mohamed” and “selfie” – and you can expect the phrase to become an even …

Family: Vail Misled Officials About Fatal Slide

The family of a teen killed in an avalanche at Vail Mountain last year says there is “substantial evidence” that employees have given misleading information, altered documents and failed to do slide mitigation work. According to depositions obtained by The …

Oklahoma Leaders Ask ‘What Have We Learned’ from May Storms?

With thousands of destroyed houses, 46 deaths and damage estimates topping the $5 billion mark, victims of Oklahoma’s two EF-5 tornadoes are asking the same question: What have we learned? The answers are almost as varied as those asking the …

Bill Proposing Property Assigned Risk Plan Filed in Texas

A bill has been filed that would drastically change the structure and/or funding for Texas’ insurer of last resort for wind and hail along the coast. Senate Bill 18 by Sen. John Corona would create the Texas Property Insurance Program, …

Insurer Using Imaging Technology to Spot Home Hazards Before They Cause Damage

A new imaging technology being deployed by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. can help reduce the risk of catastrophic damage, injury and loss of life due to fire. It can also spot potential water damage to homes and personal property before …

Property Owners Urged to Claim Louisiana Citizens Assessment Rebate

State officials in Louisiana are calling on property owners to claim their assessment rebate charged on their insurance policies. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, all property policies were charged an assessment on behalf of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation …

Wells Will Determine Groundwater Contamination in Southern California

Thirty wells are being installed in Burbank and Glendale in an effort to determine the extent of groundwater contamination. Small amounts of cancer-causing chromium 6 left behind by the San Fernando Valley aircraft industry have been detected in local water …

Kentucky Officials Mull Buying Flood Victims’ Properties

Officials in McCracken County are moving forward with a plan to purchase property from flood victims so that the land won’t be built on again. The McCracken County Fiscal Court voted last week to apply to participate in the Federal …

New Zealand Offers to Pay 5,000 to Leave Quake-Hit Homes

New Zealand’s government said that it will offer to pay thousands of homeowners to leave areas of the country’s second-largest city that were hardest hit by recent earthquakes. Christchurch was struck by a magnitude-7.1 earthquake in September and a devastating …

As Insurance Rates Rise, Missisippians Urged to Take Mitigation Seriously

Mississippi Gulf Coast residents have been told mitigation is the answer to the region’s high insurance rates. “What do you do to lower rates? It is pretty simple. If you want to lower rates on the Gulf Coast, you build …