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The Philippines: stories of displacement and resilience

The Philippines battles with high levels of poverty and inequality. The proportion of households living below the official poverty line ...

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Obama, climate and "new waves of refugees"

In June at a press conference in Germany, Barak Obama spoke about America’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and ...

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Where are all the hurricanes?

Those of us on the US East Coast were less than thrilled to hear in the spring that forecasting institutions ...

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Nat Cat Protection Gap for Jakarta, Indonesia

A recent study by Swiss Re revealed that a 1 in a 100 year earthquake event today may cause a ...

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What makes a community?

August 29th marked the eight year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and while reading the news coverage regarding the storm's anniversary ...

STORY URL: Hurricane Katrina Note From New Orleans: 8 Is Enough
So there we were with a new car, no pets and a cashed out 401K that was to be the only source of funding for the foreseeable future. After the levees failed post Hurricane Katrina, there was nothi...

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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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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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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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Cost of material inputs concern in China

The Lloyd’s Risk Index 2013 is based on a global survey of over 500 C-suite and board level executives ...

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Something you didn't know

"The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade," says the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) in a ...

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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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The reality of urban resilience

In my last blog ( https://openminds.swissre.com/story/273/solutions-in-the-city), I explain why Swiss Re is supporting US city ...

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Solutions in the city

Resilience can mean a dozen different things. For example, it can imply how well a community or city can withstand ...

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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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