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Did you know that Switzerland is an earthquake country?

Switzerland is an earthquake country and most of its building stock has no or insufficient insurance cover against earthquake. The ...

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2001 Gujarat Earthquake – A Retrospective

Earthquakes do not kill people but buildings do. This is proven by the regions where construction practices are poor. One ...

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What’s the cost of extreme weather?

I grew up in rural Minnesota so I’m no stranger to snow and cold weather. I’ve also lived ...

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Most likely outcome versus a rare and extreme scenario

When I started in financial modeling some time ago, I had the luck to work with some top level quants ...

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Hurricanes: too early to return to long-term activity?

Hurricane Wilma wreaked havoc when striking Florida in 2005, being the last of four major hurricanes to affect the United ...

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Climate change: Affecting more than just the weather

It's impossible to turn on the TV in the US today without hearing about two topics: The 2016 Presidential ...

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You never know when you'll find a captive audience

I recently had the opportunity to present at this year's National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City with Dr. Kirsten ...

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21 March: International Day of Forests

21 March will mark the International Day of Forest. A good opportunity to reflect about the current state of the ...

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Magnitude 6.1 Düren/Germany earthquake - 260th anniversary

February 18, which is only a bit more than two weeks ago, marks the 260th anniversary of the Düren earthquake ...

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The ABCs of my career path: Andrew, Beach and Climate

From the time I was 9-years-old, I wanted to be a meteorologist. I can remember the event that triggered my ...

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Let's shake things up

“It’s not that bad," or “it’s not my responsibility.”

There’s a reason I started this blog with ...

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Relief after another year of fewer than normal disasters


A few days ago Swiss Re released its preliminary sigma estimates for 2015 catastrophes. For two consecutive years we have ...

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A new way to think about resilience?

In the wake of a natural disaster, be it a hurricane, earthquake, tornado or flood, we take the necessary steps ...

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We can't afford a second Kyoto at COP21

A week before the kick off of the COP21 talks in Paris, I was at the World Forum on Natural ...

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