Climate Change Is Tough On Personal Finances : Short Wave : NPR

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The flooding of the Saint John River in 2019 marks the second consecutive year of major flooding.

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The flooding of the Saint John River in 2019 marks the second consecutive year of major flooding.

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A majority of people say they have experienced extreme weather in the last five years, according to a nationwide survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

And events like floods, wildfires and hurricanes are emptying bank accounts–especially when insurance can’t cover the damage. Aaron Scott talks to science reporter Rebecca Hersher about the new survey, and the hidden ways climate change could impact your finances.

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This episode was produced by Margaret Cirino and Gisele Grayson. It was also edited by Gisele Grayson, who is our senior supervising editor. Rachel Carlson checked the facts and the audio engineer was Ko Takasugi-Czernowin.

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