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New global view on earthquake risk in CatNET

Compared to other natural hazards, major earthquakes are rare in most parts of the world. But, when they do strike ...

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Hurricane forecast: Out of sight should not mean out of mind

Within the last few days Colorado State University, an institution known for its extended range hurricane forecasts, issued its forecast ...

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Disaster risk reduction: Can we do more?

NHK, Yomiuri and Asahi, all well-known Japanese media recently featured the SR study "Mind the Risk" which ranked Tokyo-Yokohama metropolis ...

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Tropical cyclone Pam and Vanuatu

The recent devastating tropical cyclone that went through the Pacific Islands of Vanuatu has caught the attention of the public ...

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Severe Thunderstorms: A Global and Growing Risk

When you think of severe thunderstorms, you might think of that hail dent in the hood of your car you ...

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Thunderstorm losses on the rise globally - and in Australia?

The latest Swiss Re sigma report was released this week – the annual review of natural catastrophes and man-made disasters for ...

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No room for complacency

Luckily, in 2014 the world was spared the "major" catastrophes of the magnitude seen in recent years, as the 2014 ...

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Tropical cyclone Pam devastates Vanuatu

Severe tropical cyclones are no strangers to the South Pacific - but they often go unnoticed because they do not usually ...

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Risky cities & disaster resilience – looking at Los Angeles

In my January blog I highlighted urban resilience efforts as a key component to natural catastrophe recovery. Cities across the ...

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Deceived but not deterred by Juno

In basketball terms, Juno gave us a little head fake and drove the other way. While New York City escaped ...

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Infrastructure investments needed to control insurance costs

Every year, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases an Infrastructure Report Card, which depicts the condition and performance ...

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Urban resilience initiatives are key to nat cat recovery

In recent years, cities around the world are taking concrete steps to protect their residents against natural disasters, including building ...

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Disaster relief corruption

I've just spent a month in the Philippines enjoying countless picture-perfect beaches and their unbelievably rich and varied marine ...

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