Stephen Weinstein, Chairman of the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation, and Collin O'Mara, CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, jointly authored a compelling op-ed highlighting the value of coastal risk reduction efforts that has been published in Crain's New York Business, a trusted voice of the New York business community.

Weinstein and O'Mara recently collaborated on the New York Recovery & Resilience Leadership Forum, held June 2, 2016 at the New York Stock Exchange. The Forum was sponsored by the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation and O'Mara was one of several high level speakers.

Many of the key themes of the op-ed echo comments made at the recent forum by O'Mara and other speakers. The op-ed called the start of the Atlantic hurricane season an opportune time to evaluate mitigation measures and find areas for improvement while hailing progress made in New York City since Superstorm Sandy, which triggered New York City's launch of a significant resiliency program to protect the city from the next major storm.

Weinstein and O'Mara lamented the lack of similar progress by other major American cities, citing the wide disparity in mitigation efforts among municipalities as a key reason to develop a national risk reduction strategy that ensures that vulnerable areas have the necessary fortifications in place, including protective natural systems and open space.

The op-ed highlights the lessons learned from Sandy, including the price paid in terms of infrastructure damage related to outdated building codes and weak coastal defenses. The article lauded New York City's adoption of more than a dozen updates to building codes that call for stricter requirements aimed at protecting buildings from future floods.

To read the full version of the Weinstein – O'Mara op-ed, Click here.

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"Are US cities prepared for a post-Hurricane Sandy future?", by Rupa Shenoy, PRI – June 22, 2016
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"How New York, Miami and Boston Are Preparing For Rising Sea Levels", by David Martin, Forbes – June 22, 2016
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"U.S. East Coast at Risk of Rapid Sea Level Rise" by Julla Gonzalez, Nature World News – June 21, 2016
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"Seas Rising but Florida Keeps Building on the Coast", by Erick Bolstad, Scientific American/ClimateWire – June 20, 2016
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"This hurricane season, Congress should get wind of what NY has done", by Collin O'Mara and Stephen Weinstein - Special to Crain's New York Business - June 21, 2016
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"Natural Defenses in Action, Harnessing Nature to Protect Our Communities", by National Wildlife Federation - June 21, 2016
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"What Climate Change Means for San Diego's Water", by Padma Nagappan, News Deeply/Water Deeply – June 13, 2016
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"Cost Of Miami Hurricane Could Reach $144 Billion, by Douglas A. McIntyre, Wall Street 24/7, June 12, 2016
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"Long Island May Never Be Fully Prepared for the Next Bad Hurricane", by Rich Murdocco, Long Island Press – June 12, 2016
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"Natural Barriers Promote Coastal Resilience, Reduce Costs", by Caroline McDonald, Risk Management Monitor - June 6, 2016
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"Premier: Proud Of Effort To Withstand Hurricanes', Bernnews - June 3, 2016
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"Island centre stage in New York", by Scott Neil, Royal Gazette - June 3, 2016
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"Premier To Participate In Forum In New York", Bernews – June 1, 2016
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"RenaissanceRe to Host New York Recovery and Resilience Leadership Forum", KLTV 7 – June 1, 2016
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"RenaissanceRe to Host New York Recovery and Resilience Leadership Forum", BusinessWire – June 1, 2016
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"RenaissanceRe to Host New York Recovery and Resilience Leadership Forum", MetalNews.com – June 1, 2016
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"Dealing with sinking cities and a risky future", Guest Blog by John Roome, World Bank Group, HUFFPOSTGREEN – May 27, 2016
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"How Federal Flood Maps Ignore the Risks of Climate Change", by Sarah Childress and Katie Worth, Frontline – May 26, 2016
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"A.M. Best Special Report: U.S. Flood Insurance Bill's Passage Would Boost Development of Private Market" – May 26, 2016
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"Rising seas push too much salt into the Florida Everglades", by Christopher Joyce, NPR – May 25, 2016
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"RenRe Event to Focus on Sandy Lessons", by Scott Neil, The Royal Gazette - May 25, 2016
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"Season Approaches: U.S. Hits Record 127 Months Since Major Hurricane Strike", by Barbara Hollingsworth, CNS News – May 24, 2016
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"U.S. Insurance Aid Props Up Climate-Risk Homes", by Kieran Cooke, Climate News Network - May 24, 2016
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"Coastal Cities Look to Resilience Chiefs to Combat Climate Change", by Erika Bolstad, ClimateWire – May 23, 2016
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"RenaissanceRe to Host Forum Addressing Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy", Carrier Management - May 20, 2016
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"Flawed homeowner's flood insurance policies subsidize recklessness", by Matt A. Mayer, American Enterprise Institute – May 17, 2016
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"Natural Disasters Already Cost $40 Billion A Year. It Could Get A Lot Worse, by Casey Williams, Huffington Post – May 16, 2016
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"Leaders to Discuss Super Storm Sandy Recovery in US", Intelligent Insurer - May 16, 2016
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"Freddie Mac Economist Warns of Housing Crisis Caused by Sea Level Rise", by Jess Swanson, Broward Palm Beach New Times - May 12, 2016
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"Private Insurers Can Help Save Faltering Federal Flood Program", by Steve Ellis and Joshua Saks, Morning Consult - May 11, 2016
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"World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns", The Guardian – May 12, 2016
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"Likelihood is no hurricanes will hit east coast, new study says", by Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post – May 6, 2016
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"Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat", by Nicola Jones, Yale Environment 360 – May 5, 2016
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"Economic impact of natural disasters", by Maxfield Brown, Global Risk Insights – May 4, 2016
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"World Bank: The way climate change is really going to hurt us is through water", by Chris Mooney, The Washington Post – May 3, 2016
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"New Study Claims That Hurricanes Can Combat Climate Change", by Joanne Kennell, The Science Explorer – May 3, 2016
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"Could The National Flood Insurance Program Be Harming Endangered Species?", by Jonathan Loos, American Rivers - April 28, 2016
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"House vote to encourage private flood insurance wins praise," Mark A. Hofmann, Business Insurance, April 28, 2016
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"U.S. House unanimously votes to expand flood insurance options," Carrier Management, April 28, 2016
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"Less Risk of New Orleans Flooding According to New FEMA Maps", Cain Burdeau, Claims Journal, April 22, 2016
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"'100-Year Floods' Happen More Often Than People Think", Brian K. Sullivan, Insurance Journal, April 22, 2016
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"Natural Disasters Have Caused 8 Million Deaths, $7 Trillion in Damage Since 1900", Andrew MacFarlane, The Weather Channel, April 20, 2016
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"Roadmap to saving the National Flood Insurance Program", Frank Nutter, Intelligent Insurer, April 18, 2016
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"Groups join to push Flood insurance reform", Phil Gusman, Property & Casualty 360, April 8, 2016
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"How coastal cities can learn resilience tactics from nature", Jacques Chirazi, GreenBiz, April 8, 2016
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"Coastal Cities Need to Radically Rethink How They Deal With Rising Waters", Whitney Pipkin, Smithsonian.com, April 7, 2016
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"As Seas Rise, Nature Can Protect Our Cities", Pascal Mittermaier, Huffington Post Green, April 1, 2016
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"Ellis: Flood insurance program is sinking and needs to be reformed", Steve Ellis, Houston Chronicle, March 31, 2016
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"Building Climate Resilience with Nature", Nature Conservancy, March 29, 2016
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"Climate Change Means London, New York Could Be Underwater In A Few Decades, Sooner Than Previously Thought", Clark Mindock, International Business Times, March 23, 2016
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"Climate Change Rate May Be Faster Than Expected", George Putic, Voice of America, March 23, 2016
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"Building Resilient to Withstand Hurricanes", Special to the Huffington Post, Erik Rancatore, March 22, 2016
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"Disasters killed 606,000 people in 20 Years", Daily Star Albany, March 22, 2016
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"House Committee Passes Private Flood Insurance Bill", Andrew G. Simpson, Insurance Journal, March 2, 2016
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"Florida must face reality of rising seas", Stephen Mulkey, Special to the Gainesville Sun, February 25, 2016
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"Sea Levels Are Rising More Quickly Than in the Last Two Millennia", Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian.com, February 23, 2016
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"Storm Water, Long a Nuisance, May Be a Parched California's Salvation", Adam Nagourney, New York Times, February 19, 2016
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"Is Climate Change to Blame for More Intense Hurricanes and Typhoons?", The Climate Reality Project, February 17, 2016
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"If NYC Builds the Streetcar, It Will Run Right Through Flood Zones", David Meyer, Streetsblog NYC, February 17, 2016
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"Recent St Louis flooding made worse by human changes to landscape", Scott Johnson, ARS Technica, February 16, 2016
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"Hot, Parched Earth Slows Down Sea Level Rise: NASA Experts", Alyssa Navarro, Tech Times, February 16, 2016
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"Why Midwest Floods Are Critical to the Restoration of the Louisiana Coast", Steve Cochran, Environmental Defense Fund, February 11, 2016
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"How to prevent a flood insurance crisis in New Jersey", by Steve Pociask, Press of Atlantic City, February 9, 2016
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"How Do Melting Ice Sheets Affect Sea Level? Study Reveals Findings", by Rosanna Singh, Science World Report, February 3, 2016

"How to prevent a flood insurance crisis in New Jersey", by Steve Pociask, Press of Atlantic City, February 9, 2016
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"Private flood insurance could save Pennsylvania homeowners money", by Rachel Bunn, Penn Live, February 2, 2016
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"Flood Re reinsurance program oversubscribed in second phase", by Scott Vincent, Insurance Day, February 2, 2016
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"New York City's post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency efforts hailed as exemplar", by Peter Fabris, Building Design + Construction, February 2, 2016
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"Blizzard 2016 to cost insurers more than Superstorm Sandy", Lyle Adriano, Insurance Business America, January 27, 2016
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