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New space, new dimensions, new challenges: How satellite constellations impact space risk

Space has become increasingly globalized. More and more countries and companies are building and operating spacecraft. The use of space is also becoming more diverse as new technologies have paved the way for new space applications. How will this impact space risk?

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sigma No 3/2018: World insurance in 2017: solid, but mature life markets weigh on growth

Swiss Re Institute's latest sigma examines the development of life and non-life premiums in the global primary insurance industry in 2017. Overall, global insurance premiums increased 1.5% in real terms to nearly USD 5 trillion. Global life premiums increased 0.5% to roughly USD 2.7 trillion, while global non-life premiums rose 2.8% to approximately USD 2.2 trillion. The study also includes a market outlook as well as a special anniversary double pager analysing worldwide premium developments since the late 1960s.

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Making a beeline for disaster? The decline of pollinators puts agriculture at risk

The biomass of flying insect populations in different protected nature reserves in Germany has dropped by as much as 75% in the past 27 years (Hallmann et al 2017). And for bees, one of the key pollinators, this trend has been even more alarming, with colony collapse disorder (CCD) decimating the number of honeybee colonies. In the US, this trend has triggered a price increase for farmers who depend on pollination services. Farmers are the first in line to carry the burden of the pollinators’ decline but they are by no means the only ones – the trend is affecting the entire agricultural value chain. And it is not only about the economics of farms – pollinators and biodiversity in general represent cultural or spiritual values.

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Swiss Re SONAR - New emerging risk insights

Sleep deprivation, printed hearts, biased algorithms or lurking cyber risks are just some of the risks arising from new technologies. For the re/insurance industry technological innovation usually provides both opportunities and challenges. In this new edition of Swiss Re SONAR report, you will find the latest updates on emerging risks as well as longer-term trends shaping the risk landscape.

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sigma 1/2018: Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2017: a year of record-breaking losses

At USD 144 billion, the insured losses from natural and man-made disasters worldwide in 2017 were the highest ever recorded in a single year. The main driver of the high insured losses was an active hurricane season in the North Atlantic. In particular, three major hurricanes -- Harvey, Irma and Maria left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, Texas and parts of western Florida. In other major disasters, wildfires ravaged parts of California in particular, as well as regions outside of the US. There were also a number of severe precipitation events in 2017, in different regions. Total economic losses from disaster events were USD 337 billion in 2017, leaving a protection gap of USD 193 billion, up from USD 124 billion in 2016.

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2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

It is a pleasure to introduce Swiss Re’s 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report. With this yearly publication we want to give you a comprehensive overview of the measures we take to act as a responsible company.

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