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Insurers braced for losses as Hurricane Beryl breaks records

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🗞️ Driving the news: Insurers are preparing for significant losses as Hurricane Beryl, a record-breaking storm, sets the stage for a potentially devastating Atlantic hurricane season
• Beryl, the earliest category five hurricane on record, is heading towards Jamaica after causing extensive damage in Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

🔭 The context: The early arrival and intensity of Hurricane Beryl have already impacted the shares of insurers and reinsurers
• The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had predicted an 85% higher chance of an above-average hurricane season, attributing this to warmer ocean temperatures
• Climate change is intensifying hurricanes, with rising sea levels and warming oceans providing more energy for storms

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The increasing frequency and severity of hurricanes highlight the urgent need to address climate change
• These storms cause extensive damage to communities, infrastructure, and ecosystems, exacerbating economic and social inequalities
• The insurance industry's losses are a financial indicator of the broader impacts of climate change

⏭️ What's next: The trajectory of Hurricane Beryl remains uncertain, with potential paths leading to further destruction in Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico, or the US
• The unfolding hurricane season will significantly influence global property reinsurance markets
• Strengthening climate resilience and investing in sustainable infrastructure are essential to mitigating future risks

💬 One quote: “Having an early hurricane of this magnitude suggests that might be the case,” said Stephen Catlin, executive chair at insurer Convex

📈 One stat: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned there was an 85% higher chance of an above-average Atlantic hurricane season this year

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