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Now the climate anxiety has reached Home Byers

Buying a home should be one of the momentous events of your life. But it’s really more than that. A home is a place where we should eat our supper, raise our children and brush our teeth in the morning. In short, a place where we should live our lives.

It is clear that those who are going to buy a home have extra great reasons to think about the future.

Lots of rain
During one day in August, more than 160 millimetres of rain fell over Gävle, Sweden. In Dalarna, Sweden it rained almost as much. The result was disastrous.

Flooded homes, water-filled viaducts and collapsed roads. One month after the downpour, the insurance companies summed up the damage to half a billion. Of course, calculating the suffering and trouble of people affected is impossible.

Worse In Germany

Nevertheless, Gästrikland and Dalarna in Sweden did well compared to western Germany and Belgium. Outside Dortmund, more than 240 millimetres fell in a single day. The ground, which was already saturated with rain, could not slow down the water. At least 200 people lost their lives.

The material devastation became enormous. Building communities and infrastructure will cost many, many billions.

House speculators have reason to think about the risk of extreme weather.

The climate affects everyday life

Perhaps it is an example of the climate issue being transformed from a frightening but abstract future scenario into a concrete part of our lives.

International declarations such as the one from Glasgow this autumn are not about diplomacy or abstract goals. It is about the emissions from our travels, our consumption and our homes. And the consequences are not just something that affects people far away and future generations. They affect us here and it affects us now.

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