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August 29th marked the eight year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and while reading the news coverage regarding the storm's anniversary ...

STORY URL: Hurricane Katrina Note From New Orleans: 8 Is Enough
So there we were with a new car, no pets and a cashed out 401K that was to be the only source of funding for the foreseeable future. After the levees failed post Hurricane Katrina, there was nothi...

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Does environmental protection bury the nuclear phase-out?

As potential solutions for a nuclear phase-out in Switzerland become more concrete, they reveal a trade-off for environmental groups and ...

STORY URL: Energiewende: Grüner Atomausstieg liegt noch in weiter Ferne - Schweiz Nachrichten - NZZ.ch
Ein neuer Bewertungsindex der Umweltverbände beurteilt die Umsetzung des Atomausstiegs kritisch. Dabei zeigen sich auch ökologische Zielkonflikte. Der Index selbst dürfte die Harmonie zwischen den...

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Total economic losses from disasters reached USD 56 billion

7 000 lives were lost in the first half of 2013 as result of natural catastrophes and man-made disasters, which ...

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Spanish innovation in clean transport

I've just returned from my summer holidays in Spain during which I was on a unique catamaran. The boat represents ...

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Rains and resilience

The arrival of the monsoon season in Asia has brought the first heavy rains to India and China. With those ...

STORY URL: Re thinking | Swiss Re - Leading Global Reinsurer

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Profiling the risks in wind and solar

According to "Profiling the risks in wind and solar", a recently published study by CorSo Environmental & Commodity Markets and ...

STORY URL: Renewable energy risk management and the institutional investor | Swiss Re - Leading Global Reinsurer
Profiling the risks in wind and solar, a joint study by Swiss Re and Bloomberg...

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Rethinking the right to build

In this interview clip architect Michael Sorkin says "This global warming thing is real. Storms are getting more frequent and ...

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Solar Impulse: a dramatic finish

Solar Impulse finished its journey across the US this past weekend, but not without some drama. The crew discovered a ...

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Sustainable change in SA

While in South Africa, the Open Minds film team met with Davin Chown, Director of Genesis Eco-Energy. He spoke with ...

STORY URL: Davin Chown's Page
Davin Chown's Page on Africa Sustainable Energy & Environment Platform

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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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Solutions in the city

Resilience can mean a dozen different things. For example, it can imply how well a community or city can withstand ...

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Proactive Planning

Delray Beach has a history of successful planning. The Beach Property Owners Association is already meeting to discuss sea level ...

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Financing disaster risks

Each year features new headlines about deadly and devastating catastrophes in different parts of the world with earthquakes in Japan ...

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Where government should spend money

Are earthquakes Acts of God that we should accept or should we take action? In times of crisis, governments struggle ...

STORY URL: Deadly Earthquake Hits Greece
PlusDeadly Earthquake Hits GreeceDeadly Earthquake Hits GreeceThe Associated PressA strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 struck southwestern...

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Nat Cats - no longer a prelude to ruin

What do a billion dollar hydropower plant and a farmer in Ethiopia have in common? They can both be wiped ...

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