The US is in the midst of a climate insurance bubble, with 39M properties at high risk of flooding, wildfires, or hurricane winds. Millions of properties have such high risk that no insurance company will provide them coverage, or it will drive the insurance premiums sky high. This affects homeowners, but state and local governments must play their part in enacting comprehensive climate resilience strategies.
Climate change is a 50-state problem. It's not just a problem for homeowners in California, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana and New York. Insurance companies must re-assess their risk tolerance as climate change leads to more common and severe extreme weather events. The industry needs to fundamentally change how it views risk and accept that the risk that we assumed was normal 20 years ago is not the same risk today — nor will it be 10 or 20 years from now. Homeowners and communities must take their own proactive precautions as well.
There's a 50% chance that the total damage incurred by climate change in the 21st century, as measured by its impact on GDP, will be at least 10.98%, according to the Metaculus prediction community.