Rebecca Elliott

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    Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program show the moral and political dimensions of addressing Climate Change

Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program show the moral and political dimensions of addressing Climate Change

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For more than 50 years, the National Flood Insurance Program has underwritten flood insurance for homes and small businesses in the US. Rebecca Elliott writes that the way the program addresses flood risk is set to change this coming October. This technical and political transformation will see a move from collective to individualized risk assessments potentially atomizing the politics […]

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    It’s not a lack of information that stops many Americans from adapting to flood risks; it’s a lack of cash.

It’s not a lack of information that stops many Americans from adapting to flood risks; it’s a lack of cash.

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The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey on the south coast of the US have raised new questions about how Americans deal with flood risk. Drawing on her research on how New York responded to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Rebecca Elliott argues that giving people in flood prone areas more information about flood risk is not enough; policymakers […]

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