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Industry News - Global natural disasters cost US$520 billion in losses every year, poor disproportionately affected: study

Industry News - Global natural disasters cost US$520 billion in losses every year, poor disproportionately affected: study | CATWeek 17.11.2016 | Scoop.it
The impact of extreme natural disasters is equivalent to a global US$520 billion loss in annual consumption, forcing some 26 million people into poverty each year, a new report from the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction…
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Industry News - 'Sitting ducks': The Sydney homeowners facing reduced property values

Industry News - 'Sitting ducks': The Sydney homeowners facing reduced property values | CATWeek 17.11.2016 | Scoop.it
A "disconnect," between banks, government planning and the insurance industry, is leaving Australian homeowners vulnerable to "climate chang
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Industry News - No direct capital requirement for catastrophe risk in BCAR update: A.M. Best | Artemis.bm

Rating agency A.M. Best has changed a proposed update to its Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) that would have seen catastrophe risk become a direct capital
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News Science and Engineering News  - November 2016: Plenty of Smoke, Not Enough Rain and Snow | Category 6™

News Science and Engineering News  - November 2016: Plenty of Smoke, Not Enough Rain and Snow | Category 6™ | CATWeek 17.11.2016 | Scoop.it
More than a quarter of the contiguous U.S. is now experiencing at least moderate drought, and parts of the Southeast are on track for their driest autumn on record. In the West, very mild temperatures have kept snowpack scarce and made skiers impatient. Tropical Storm Tina popped up west of Mexico's Pacific coast on Sunday night but has already weakened back to a depression, while a slow-developing system east of Nicaragua has some potential to become a tropical cyclone later this week or beyond.
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Science and Engineering News - A Slowly Unfolding Saga: 90L Takes Its Time Developing | Category 6™

Science and Engineering News - A Slowly Unfolding Saga: 90L Takes Its Time Developing | Category 6™ | CATWeek 17.11.2016 | Scoop.it
An area of disturbed weather in the extreme southern Caribbean off the coast of Nicaragua is likely to develop into a tropical depression by this weekend as it moves little. Meanwhile, record-setting warmth will continue across much of the United States this week, ahead of more seasonable chill spreading eastward. Blizzard conditions are possible over parts of the Northern Plains from Thursday into Friday.
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Science and Engineering News - Weak La Niña Expected to Persist into 2017 | Category 6™

Science and Engineering News - Weak La Niña Expected to Persist into 2017 | Category 6™ | CATWeek 17.11.2016 | Scoop.it
After a few months of on-again, off-again prospects for La Niña in 2016-17, NOAA pulled the trigger on Thursday with a La Niña Advisory. Forecasters expect a fairly weak La Niña event that will likely dissipate in the first half of 2017. Although La Niña tends to bring cool winter conditions to the northern U.S. and Canada, these areas remain in the midst of a remarkable autumn
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Feature Story - Double tectonic shifts may have teamed in New Zealand quake - experts

Feature Story - Double tectonic shifts may have teamed in New Zealand quake - experts | CATWeek 17.11.2016 | Scoop.it
The powerful earthquake that struck New Zealand was unusual in that a big event on one fault may have immediately triggered a big event on a second fault, experts said on Monday.
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Industry News - Small earthquakes could help warn of the next big quake in Australia

Industry News - Small earthquakes could help warn of the next big quake in Australia | CATWeek 17.11.2016 | Scoop.it
Potentially deadly and dangerous earthquakes can strike at any time. But can authorities get some early warning from monitoring the hundreds of small quakes that usually go unnoticed?
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Industry News - China’s insurance industry must respond to climate risks

Industry News - China’s insurance industry must respond to climate risks | CATWeek 17.11.2016 | Scoop.it
As climate change increases the frequency and severity of typhoons, the Chinese government is pushing the insurance industry to offer climate risk policies
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Science and Engineering News - Geologists discover how a tectonic plate sank

Saint Louis University researchers report new information about conditions that can cause the Earth's tectonic plates to sink into the Earth.
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Science and Engineering News - New Seattle bridge to survive earthquakes

Science and Engineering News - New Seattle bridge to survive earthquakes | CATWeek 17.11.2016 | Scoop.it
After all the news surrounding the bored tunnel under Seattle, one of the most revolutionary aspects of the project is a bridge now being assembled near the south entrance - a bridge that is designed to be earthquake proof.
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Science and Engineering News - Forest fires in Sierra Nevada driven by past land use

Science and Engineering News - Forest fires in Sierra Nevada driven by past land use | CATWeek 17.11.2016 | Scoop.it
Forest fire activity in California's Sierra Nevada since 1600 has been influenced more by how humans used the land than by climate, according to new research led by University of Arizona and Penn State scientists.
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CAT Events - Storm lashes New Zealand quake zone, more buildings evacuated

Rain and strong winds battered central New Zealand on Thursday, threatening further damage just days after a powerful earthquake killed two people and devastated parts of the country's South Island with huge landslides.
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