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Did you know that Switzerland is an earthquake country?

Switzerland is an earthquake country and most of its building stock has no or insufficient insurance cover against earthquake. The ...

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2001 Gujarat Earthquake – A Retrospective

Earthquakes do not kill people but buildings do. This is proven by the regions where construction practices are poor. One ...

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What’s the cost of extreme weather?

I grew up in rural Minnesota so I’m no stranger to snow and cold weather. I’ve also lived ...

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21 March: International Day of Forests

21 March will mark the International Day of Forest. A good opportunity to reflect about the current state of the ...

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Fondue, deconstructed.

It is as Swiss as it gets. An acquired taste for some. For the uninitiated, fondue might just seem like ...

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Magnitude 6.1 Düren/Germany earthquake - 260th anniversary

February 18, which is only a bit more than two weeks ago, marks the 260th anniversary of the Düren earthquake ...

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The career I didn't know I wanted

Almost as far back as I can remember as a child I knew what I wanted to be – a journalist ...

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Closing the Protection Gap with some digital disruption

An insurance agent recently told me he didn’t see Google as a threat to his business. He said he ...

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The ABCs of my career path: Andrew, Beach and Climate

From the time I was 9-years-old, I wanted to be a meteorologist. I can remember the event that triggered my ...

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Let's shake things up

“It’s not that bad," or “it’s not my responsibility.”

There’s a reason I started this blog with ...

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Relief after another year of fewer than normal disasters


A few days ago Swiss Re released its preliminary sigma estimates for 2015 catastrophes. For two consecutive years we have ...

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A morning of jokes, but there's little to laugh about…

Recently I had the opportunity to fly down to Miami with a colleague for the filming of a documentary scheduled ...

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A new way to think about resilience?

In the wake of a natural disaster, be it a hurricane, earthquake, tornado or flood, we take the necessary steps ...

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We can't afford a second Kyoto at COP21

A week before the kick off of the COP21 talks in Paris, I was at the World Forum on Natural ...

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