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Re-imagining food

Every year, more than a trillion eggs are laid globally by hens kept in horrific conditions in battery farms. Josh ...

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Goodbye plastic ocean gyres!

My war on plastics began when I first heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Then I found out there ...

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The Philippines: stories of displacement and resilience

The Philippines battles with high levels of poverty and inequality. The proportion of households living below the official poverty line ...

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Obama, climate and "new waves of refugees"

In June at a press conference in Germany, Barak Obama spoke about America’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and ...

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For all the tea in Kenya

The Kenyan tea industry is an excellent reminder that insurance does not just follow growth in Africa – it is fundamental ...

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Nat Cat Protection Gap for Jakarta, Indonesia

A recent study by Swiss Re revealed that a 1 in a 100 year earthquake event today may cause a ...

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What makes a community?

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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Food security and inequality: something's got to give

Being able to sit in on a 'fishbowl' dialogue session on the topic of food security at Swiss Re's 150 ...

STORY URL: How to Double Global Food Production by 2050 and Reduce Environmental Damage: Scientific American
Five steps, reflected in the maps below, could be taken to help feed the large population predicted for 2050 as well as reduce the sizeable harm agriculture imposes

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Tackling climate change: we can, but why don't we?

I just stepped out of a fishbowl – and I've got some good news and some bad news. But I'm getting ...

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Global survey - Do Europeans not know their insurance cover?

Comparing countries with comprehensive natural perils insurance for all goods like in France, Switzerland or UK with the opposite (China ...

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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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First national disaster risk assessment in Switzerland

The Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection has published its first national disaster risk assessment in April 2013. It covers ...

STORY URL: Nat. Gefaehrdungsanlayse
Das VBS bzw. das Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz BABS wurde am 19. Dezember 2008 vom Bundesrat mit der Koordination einer nationalen Gefährdungsanalyse ‚Risiken Schweiz‘ beauftragt.

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"Freaky food" label to help cut food waste

My local supermarket, the Swiss supermarket chain Coop, has just launched a new brand of food. Food sold under the ...

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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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