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    Combustible Exterior Cladding on High Rise Buildings (PDF, 924kb)

    05 December 2017

    The June 14th 2017 tragedy involving London‘s Grenfell Tower has brought the problem of high rise buildings clad in combustible exterior walls to the forefront of mainstream media. However, the string of high profile fires that occurred in Dubai starting in 2012 and involving combustible exterior wall assemblies should have
    warned us that additional large scale fires, including those with the potential to involve loss of life and catastrophic property damage, was likely inevitable.

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    Swiss Re SONAR: new emerging risks insights 2017 (PDF, 6.35mb)

    13 June 2017

    Underestimated infectious diseases, growing water stress, the impact of future artificial intelligence legislation, cloud risk accumulation or precision farming: Do you want to know more about these topics?
    Welcome to the latest edition of Swiss Re SONAR, our update of the
    emerging risk landscape.

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    Earthquakes in Italy, 2016, An impact summary (PDF, 1.02mb)

    20 May 2017

    On 24 August 2016, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit the Apennines
    Mountains in central Italy, devastating the small towns of Amatrice,
    Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. At the time of writing, 293 lives were
    lost. This is the latest in a series of heavy earthquakes to hit Italy in recent years. The country is particularly exposed to earthquake risk as it is located where continental plates collide and building stock is vulnerable. Yet just over 1% of residential buildings are insured against earthquakes. How can Italy and its residents better prepare for future events?

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    Terremoto in Italia, 2016, Un riepilogo d’impatto (PDF, 5.84mb)

    20 May 2017

    Il 24 agosto 2016, un terremoto di magnitudo 6,2 ha colpito gli Appennini nel centro Italia devastando le cittadine di Amatrice, Accumoli e Pescara del Tronto. Il 26 ottobre, due scosse di assestamento di magnitudo 5,5 e 6,1 hanno colpito Visso, a nord di Amatrice. Il 30 ottobre, una scossa di magnitudo 6,6 ha colpito Norcia, un comune fra Amatrice e Visso. Quest’ultimo è stato il terremoto di maggiore intensità a colpire l’Italia dal 1980 ed il tremore è stato avvertito in quasi tutto il Paese. Nel complesso, ci sono state 299 vittime. Questa è stata l’ultima di una serie di terremoti disastrosi verificatisi in Italia negli ultimi anni. Il Paese è particolarmente soggetto al rischio sismico in quanto e situato in una zona in cui le placche continentali entrano in collisione ed il patrimonio edilizio è vulnerabile. Eppure, poco più dell’1% degli edifici residenziali è assicurato contro i terremoti. Come possono l’Italia ed i suoi abitanti prepararsi ad affrontare meglio gli eventi futuri?

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    CatNet® – the online natural hazard atlas

    (PDF, 774kb)

    06 April 2017

    CatNet® is an up-to-date source of information on major
    natural disasters and their effects on the insurance industry
    and national economies.

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    Expertise Publication on Japan’s commercial insurance market (PDF, 1.36mb)

    10 February 2017

    Japan’s commercial insurance market is the fourth largest in the world after the US, the UK and China. Commercial insurance premiums in Japan totalled USD 33.5 billion in 2015. Penetration (premiums as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP)) has been rising in recent years, but it is still low relative to other advanced markets. In 2015, commercial insurance penetration in Japan was 0.81% of GDP, compared to 1.6% in the US and 2.4% in the UK.

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    Earthquake California (PDF, 817kb)

    03 October 2016

    Insurance today relies on models to predict earthquaketriggered
    losses on the US west coast. But there is a lurking danger. Many do not consider the variability of model outcomes. As research by Swiss Re reveals, this can lead to an underestimation of ensuing losses.

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    Il terremoto in Italia, Agosto 2016 (PDF, 1.44mb)

    09 September 2016

    Il 24 agosto 2016, un terremoto di magnitudo 6.2 ha colpito gli Appennini nel centro Italia devastando le cittadine di Amatrice, Accumoli e Pescara del Tronto. Quando è stato scritto questo rapporto, le vittime erano 293. Questo è l’ultimo di una serie di terremoti disastrosi verificatisi in Italia negli ulti i anni. Il paese è particolarmente soggetto al rischio sismico in quanto è situato in una zona in cui le placche continentali entrano in collisione. Eppure, poco più dell’1% degli edifici residenziali è assicurato contro i terremoti. Come possono l’Italia e i suoi abitanti prepararsi ad affrontare meglio i terremoti futuri?

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    The link between hydrofracking, wastewater injection and earthquakes (PDF, 3.22mb)

    31 August 2016

    The scale of increased earthquake activity in Oklahoma over recent years is unparalleled. Since 2008 the number of magnitude 3.0 earthquakes per year has grown from roughly 2 per year to an average of nearly 3 per day. This now makes Oklahoma the most seismically active of the lower forty-eight states. It’s highly likely that this dramatic rise in earthquake occurrence is largely a consequence of human actions.

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    Swiss Re SONAR: New emerging risk insights (PDF, 1.59mb)

    23 May 2016

    Risk management is not just about managing risks in the present.
    It is about anticipating future risks – and risks are emerging everywhere. Foresight information is key to enable fast, yet high-quality
    decision-making.

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    The road to flood resilience in Canada (PDF, 1.31mb)

    18 May 2016

    Flood poses a risk to individuals, business and the public sector. Severe events in Canada can cause losses exceeding CAD 13 billion, with less than half of these covered by insurance. This leaves many families without the necessary funds to rebuild their lives
    if disaster strikes. In addition it delays economic recovery in the affected areas ― an effect that hits even those whose homes are still standing. Concerted action across the risk management chain that involves all key stakeholders ― government, the insurance industry and homeowners ― can strengthen flood resilience in Canada.

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    The property protection gap in Latin America (PDF, 2.46mb)

    23 March 2016

    Underinsurance of property risks is a global challenge. Much of the protection gap is due to uninsured global natural catastrophe risk, which has been rising over the past 40 years. This report focuses on the property protection gap in Latin America. The protection gap is defined as the difference between total economic losses and insured losses. With economic development and ongoing urbanisation, the value of property at risk has outpaced the purchase of insurance in many countries.

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