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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

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