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Who cares?

The achievement of longer lives brings with it challenges. Thanks to the reduction of infectious diseases in many countries, this ...

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Why carbon tax isn’t on Obama's agenda

Last month, President Obama outlined his second-term plan to address climate change. It includes a range of executive actions and ...

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Ducking a Himalayan Tsunami

Noted Indian environmental activist Sunitha Narain, talks about sustainable development in the Himalayas in light of the recent flash floods ...

STORY URL: Reclaiming the Himalayas
The devastating floods in Uttarakhand underscore the problems in the way development is being undertaken in the Himalayas. Sunita Narain, Director General, C...

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The reality of urban resilience

In my last blog ( https://openminds.swissre.com/story/273/solutions-in-the-city), I explain why Swiss Re is supporting US city ...

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Banning plastic

Rwanda has banned non-biodegradable plastic and hopes to become the first plastic free country in the world, but as this ...

STORY URL: Rwanda's plastic bag-free utopia
Not so long ago, Rwanda suffered from an all-too-familiar problem in Africa: billions of plastic bags choking waterways and destroying entire ecosystems. To fight this scourge of the environment...

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'Sociable' housing

Cohousing is a form of "intentional community" created and run by its residents. It consists of private houses or flats ...

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Devastating tornado hits Oklahoma

Here at Swiss Re we are shaken by the devastation caused yesterday by the massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Our ...

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Toxic time bomb in India

What you see below is one of the latest documentaries on the toxic asbestos trade in India and it contains ...

STORY URL: 101 East - India: Toxic Trade
More than 50 countries have banned asbestos products but India cannot get enough and is importing the mineral from Canada. Is India investing in a future hea...

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To frack or not to frack

Swiss Re regularly updates its expert assessments of the shifting risk landscape through an array of publications aimed at its ...

STORY URL: http://media.swissre.com/documents/European_Legal_Developments_2011_2012.pdf

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If New York can't handle it ...

Elisabeth Champ has volunteered in the wake of disasters in Haiti, Japan and the Philippines. She talks about her experience ...

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Natural Catastrophe risk in Italy

A short violent storm spawned large hail and a powerful tornado in the Emilia Romagna region in Northern Italy near ...

STORY URL: Huge tornado strikes northern Italy
Injuries reported as tornado leaves trail of destruction in northern Italy.

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Shall we breakdown our traditions?

Modern societies provide better healthcare for longer lives but break down the tradition that the growth children take care of ...

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Boost for catastrophe insurance in Italy

Perils, the independent Zurich-based organisation providing industry-wide catastrophe insurance data, just announced that it is including earthquake and flood Italy ...

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Hybrid grasses

An interesting new study on the use of hybrid grasses to increase flood resilience: http://www.nature.com/srep/2013 ...

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Biggest climatic tragedy in Brazil

A huge storm in Rio de Janeiro's mountainous region is considered the biggest climatic tragedy of country's history. The number ...

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