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Yesterday, the real estate listing site Realtor.com made a major step in disclosing climate risks associated with listed homes. As NPR reported, the site has “become the first site to disclose information about a home’s flood risk and how climate change could increase that risk in the coming decades, potentially signaling a major shift in consumers’ access to information about climate threats.”
Why This Matters: As we wrote earlier this summer, a recent analysis revealed that millions of American homes are at a growing risk of extreme flooding. And home buyers should understand the potential risks they’re assuming in making a major purchase.
Additionally, the housing market doesn’t adequately account for the risks of climate change. For instance, mortgage lenders, portfolio managers and buyers of mortgages don’t take into account climate-induced floods, except to determine if a house sits in a 100-year floodplain at the time the mortgage is issued. But once that risk is reflected, mortgages may become much more difficult for Americans to attain.
A 5-month investigation from E&E News revealed that scientists at General Motors and Ford Motor Co. knew as early as the 1960s that car emissions caused climate change. As E&E reported, Researchers at both automakers found strong evidence in the 1960s and ’70s that human activity was warming the Earth. A primary culprit was the […]
How do you elect political candidates who will make tackling climate change a priority? That’s the question Caroline Spears and her colleagues sought to answer when they launched the Climate Cabinet Action Fund in 2018, offering tailored climate data, policy ideas, and messaging suggestions to candidates and lawmakers.
Why This Matters: State legislatures play a critical role in crafting and passing policy — to lead on climate and energy policy, paving the way for ambitious national climate action.
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