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February 2010: Environmental/Pollution issues


Study: China's water far more polluted than realized
China's first official nationwide census of pollution sources, issued Feb. 8, found that the pollution discharged into the water totaled 30.3 metric tons in 2007—more than double the 13.8 metric tons reported for that year in a report from 2 year ago, where the government claimed water pollution had declined 3 percent. Read more here.

Judge dismisses Twitter mold libel suit
A Cook County circuit judge last month dismissed a libel lawsuit filed last year by a Chicago property firm against a tenant who complained about her "moldy apartment" on Twitter. Read more here.

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Evolution revolution: How the industry grew coverage to meet changing pollution exposures
The environmental insurance industry has stretched its creative capacity to innovate and be ahead of the curve in meeting client needs. Today, pollution insurance covers not just the here and now, but whatever risks and exposures might lie ahead. Read more about new coverages here.

Schoolyard bully: Pollution risks in American schools
Unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and other toxins lurk in virtually every educational institution in the country, putting students at risk and leaving insureds open to massive litigation. Learn the risks and help your clients protect themselves. Read more here.

Eldercare facilities and pollution: A very real threat
Among the thousands of insurance professionals across the country providing insurance programs for the unique risks of eldercare facilities such as nursing homes, adult daycare centers and dementia centers, few have recognized the potential financial impact to their facility clients of failing to insure pollution risk and exposures. Read more here.

Insurers "green up" gray coverage areas
Construction carriers are tackling the unique liability risks of green-building projects. Read more here.

Market Directory: Environmental/Pollution issues
Check out the insurers, managing general agencies and wholesalers specializing in environmental insurance. Listings include Atlantic Risk Specialists, Freberg Environmental, Insurance Innovators Inc., Metcom Excess, Zurich North America and more. Read more here.

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