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Natural catastrophe modeling - so much to learn

The insurance industry has used natural catastrophe models for about 20 years and we have underwritten natural catastrophe risks for ...

STORY URL: NORIS 2013 | Swiss Re - Leading Global Reinsurer

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Curses! Even worse news about carbon?

A study by Oxford University researchers finds that when countries are rich in fossil fuels (good news in some ways ...

STORY URL: Britain and Norway avoid the 'carbon curse' of fuel-rich countries - University of Oxford

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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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Flood fatigue – and why we can't afford it

Over 70% of central Manila is now under water. Schools and businesses have been forced to close, flights have been ...

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Fracking

There's a huge amount of noise in the media around fracking in the UK media - inevitable with the recent protests ...

STORY URL: How safe is fracking?
DOZENS of protesters, including a member of parliament, were arrested on August 19th during demonstrations around Britain against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking....

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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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Liquefaction - a new risk?

On February 22nd 2011 a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the city of Christchurch. From a seismological perspective it was ...

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The methane time bomb

I don't know what the probabilities are for this to happen but given the potential risk and scale some precautionary ...

STORY URL: Seven facts you need to know about the Arctic methane timebomb
Nafeez Ahmed: Dismissals of catastrophic methane danger ignore robust science in favour of outdated mythology of climate safety

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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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Climate change and conflict

Scientists from lots of disciplines looking at lots of cases find 'remarkable' support for the view that human conflict increases ...

STORY URL: Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/07/31/science.1235367

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As glaciers retreat - what can be done?

Christoph Bissig is a ski patroller on Mount Titlis, a glacier location in central Switzerland that sees skiing year round ...

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The silent disaster

I just stumbled over this article on the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23346370 "The Alaskan village set ...

STORY URL: The American village set to disappear
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23346370

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Belch = End of Civilization?

Imagine this, you belch and a swarm of those dreaded mosquitoes drop dead right in front of your eyes.... While ...

STORY URL: Arctic Methane Catastrophe
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Seoul shows the way

The first time I came to live and work in Zurich, I was amazed by the city's first-rate public transport ...

STORY URL: C40 Cities: Seoul Car-Free Days Have Reduced CO2 Emissions by 10% Annually
Seoul's Weekly No Driving Day program is improving air quality, congestion and saving energy. Every year, two million cars stay off the road – decreasing traffic volume by 3.7%. CO2 vehicle emissi...

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Earthquakes 'top risk' for Turkey

Exceptional natural circumstances have led to earthquakes being identified as the number one business risk in for Turkish business leaders ...

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