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How insurance is protecting a coral reef from climate impacts in Mexico

November 5, 2021
NPR Here & Now
Climate change is forcing the insurance industry to adapt and come up with new products. One experiment is testing out a policy to insure nature against extreme storms, specifically a coral reef in Mexico. Here & Now's Scott Tong learns more about the reef with Dr. Michael Beck.
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Assessing the Value of Natural and Nature-Based Features in Coastal Storm and Flood Risk Reduction

September 29, 2020
Engineering With Nature Podcast
An ecologist by training, Dr. Michael W. Beck had been working on more traditional ecological solutions related to marine protected areas until Hurricane Katrina, when he saw that there was a real need for understanding how natural habitats provide coastal resilience. Now his work focuses on figuring out how investing in nature and nature-based solutions can reduce coastal risk and save lives and money.

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Can mangrove conservation pay for itself in flood protection?

April 3, 2020
Carbon Removal Newsroom
Dr. Michael W. Beck, professor at the University of California Santa Cruz, coauthored a new paper in Scientific Reports entitled, "The Global Flood Protection Benefits of Mangroves". Today we dig into how mangroves work against flooding, their carbon sequestration potential, how to quantify their financial benefit, and how that helps make them legible to financial systems.
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Coral Reefs Keep Costly Waves at Bay

June 15, 2018
Scientific American
A new analysis found the flood protection benefits of coral reefs save the global economy $4 billion dollars a year. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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Wetlands Could Save Cities--and Money, Too

September 6, 2017
Scientific American
Using insurance industry models, researchers determined that wetlands prevented some $625 million in damages due to Hurricane Sandy. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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