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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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Overfishing of the ocean

The condition of the sea is frightening. Since the beginning of industrial fishing in 1960, the stocks of large fish ...

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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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Campaign to bridge the generational gap

The UK WRVS last year launched a campaign to actively bridge the gap between generations; their concern being that opportunities ...

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Women have more longevity risk

On average, women live longer and earn less than men. Retirement income usually significantly decreases once husbands pass away. This ...

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Reducing food waste

We have to stop wasting food. Just recently, the UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers issued statistics showing that every year ...

STORY URL: Global food - Waste not, want not | Institution of Mechanical Engineers
New global food report highlighting losses of over one billion tonnes of food each year.

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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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Better understanding of longevity risks

The portion of elderly people in population becomes larger and larger because of longer life expectancy and decreases of fertility ...

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Major earthquakes: important lessons

BBC posted an article with interesting statistics / graphics about the fifth anniversary of the Sichuan, China earthquake, "one of the ...

STORY URL: Sichuan 2008: A disaster on an immense scale
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22398684

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Underfunded Pension Plans

People spend the younger part of their lives working hard in exchange for a promise from the government or employers ...

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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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Managing Seismic Risk in Latin America

I've just returned from WEF Latin America, where we have announced a three-year collaborative project with the GEM Foundation to ...

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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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