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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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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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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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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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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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A 'Sandy' experience

As part of the Open Minds project people from around the world shared their thoughts. In this clip Lou Ann ...

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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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Unclear communication about risk

Unclear communication about risk is a risk. During hurricane Sandy the NHC had no system in place to issue clear ...

STORY URL: Sandy criticism prompts change in storm warnings
Responding to criticism after Superstorm Sandy, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday it would change the way it warns people about tropical storms that morph into something else.

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Manage disaster risk

For years now, we've been seeing a dramatic rise in economic losses caused by natural catastrophes. Since 1980, the global ...

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Hong Kong student on climate change

This young student from Hong Kong's Victoria Shanghai Academy has strong views about climate change and how he hopes Hong ...

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