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Extreme Oil Drilling

Our hundred year reliance on oil is at a turning point. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf ...

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Faster, higher, stronger - mega events

Mega events are growing in number and complexity. Be it the Olympics, football, cricket or rugby world cups, cycle races ...

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Solar Storms

I recently joined a Space conference in Rome where I learned that the famous solar storm called "Carrington event" taking ...

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Banning plastic

Rwanda has banned non-biodegradable plastic and hopes to become the first plastic free country in the world, but as this ...

STORY URL: Rwanda's plastic bag-free utopia
Not so long ago, Rwanda suffered from an all-too-familiar problem in Africa: billions of plastic bags choking waterways and destroying entire ecosystems. To fight this scourge of the environment...

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Doing the right thing – without being asked

Over one thousand people In Bangladesh are crushed to death when a garment factory they are working in collapses around ...

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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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Don't mistake data for reality

Interesting piece by Michel Liès published in the Wall Street Journal. He was asked "What do you think is the ...

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Building with BRICS

One thousand delegates from 80 countries attended the Africa meeting of the WEF in early May. That is a considerable ...

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New cities - building on top and between

Architect Alfredo Brillembourg talks about the importance of sustainability with any new building project. New city elements should not be ...

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Plastics or Us

I just watched Tapped, a documentary on the meteoric rise in usage of bottled water and beverages, and the cost ...

STORY URL: Tapped
Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. The documentary is...

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Education and development

The New York Times reports on two diametrically opposed approaches to providing education to the world's poorest children. The scope ...

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Latin America's future is Swiss Re's future

It was announced today that Robert Azevedo, Brazil's ambassador to the World Trade Organization, has been selected to be the ...

STORY URL: Innovative solutions for Latin America
Social innovation and entrepreneurship featured strongly on the agenda at the World Economic Forum on Latin America, where, as co-chair of the meeting, I had the opportunity to participate in a nu...

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Risk and international growth

At an event in London, Swiss Re chief economist, Kurt Karl, has predicted that in the year 2025 eight of ...

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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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Global Partnerships

Innovative insurance solutions, public private partnerships and microinsurance are vital to help society create effective responses to major challenges, including ...

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