Fire and flood: ‘Whole areas of Australia will be uninsurable’

Extreme weather events caused by the climate emergency are an existential threat to homeowners and industry alike

It was the Monday after the Warragamba Dam overflowed that Dr Kim Loo began to understand the scale of what was happening. A patient had called into her clinic in Riverston in Sydney’s west to cancel an appointment to pick up a prescription as the bridge into town was out.

Loo, chair of the New South Wales chapter of Doctors for the Environment, has lived and worked in Riverston much of her life. Over the years she has watched the market gardens once run by Maltese families out on the flood plain give way to new housing as developers have paved over the open ground.

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