Our story this week on insurance and climate change raises some troubling issues.
A large insurer has publicly said climate change will make it increasingly hard to get insurance in coastal areas.
There is already anecdotal evidence that insurance companies are taking a close look at Eastbourne and Petone.
With sea levels rising and the potential for tsunamis, insurance companies will increasingly choose to say ‘‘no’’ or impose large increases on levies.
That is not good news for homeowners. For most people their home is their biggest asset but without insurance, a house loses much of its value.
Comments from Wendy Moore about the damage climate change skeptics do by spreading misinformation are also noteworthy.
Despite all the science, there are still those who claim climate change has no scientific basis.
The council has rightly taken the lead by creating a senior role to oversee its response and monitor the risk.
The sooner we all take the issue seriously, the better.
We cannot stop sea levels rising but with planning we can at least mitigate the impact.
– Nicholas Boyack, senior reporter