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    Closing the gap: Pooling risk in Central America and the Caribbean (PDF, 354kb)

    18 May 2018

    Since 1980, nine countries in Central America and the Caribbean have had at least half of their annual gross domestic product (GDP) wiped out by a natural catastrophe. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti had an estimated impact of 120% of GDP.

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    Closing the gap: A sovereign insurance pool for Africa (PDF, 477kb)

    18 May 2018

    With 65% of the workforce employed in agriculture, millions of people living in sub-Saharan Africa depend on farming not only for food, but also for incomes and livelihoods. Without enough rain to feed the land, the effects can be devastating.

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    Closing the gap: Drought threat to Uruguay‘s reliance on hydropower (PDF, 353kb)

    18 May 2018

    Uruguay is fortunate to have four river basins within its borders, two of which feed its hydroelectric plants. Hydropower can supply up to 90% of the country‘s electricity demand in a humid year. A dry year, however, can be costly.

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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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    Staying afloat Flood Risk in Argentina (short version) (PDF, 419kb)

    06 October 2016

    Over the past 50 years, 75 major flood events have been reported in Argentina, affecting around 13 million people and taking more than 500 lives. With the equivalent of USD 22.5bn lost since 1980, floods are the most costly natural catastrophe affecting the country.
    Adjusting for the country‘s GDP growth, the same events today would have caused accumulated losses of USD 43.5bn.

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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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    Disaster relief financing in China (PDF, 1.93mb)

    09 August 2016

    The global economy and even politics are increasingly affected by climate change. In this context, Swiss Re is keen on carrying out research into the changing contexts of natural disasters and the development of relevant financial solutions that aim to reduce, or even eliminate, the negative impacts of these disasters on livelihoods, the
    economy and politics. It aims to do so by providing those affected, such as individuals, businesses and all levels of government, with relevant scientific and institutionalised disaster-prevention and disaster-relief mechanisms.

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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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    Agro insurance hotspot: Sri Lanka (PDF, 1.90mb)

    03 May 2016

    Agriculture employs one in three people in Sri Lanka and contributes
    over ten percent to export income. This important sector of the economy relies on rain – a resource that will become increasingly unpredictable with global warming. Protecting farmers against future floods and droughts is paramount to keep employment and income from this economic pillar growing.

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