2012 Atlantic hurricane season: eventful but not extraordinary
13 Dec 2012
Hurricane Sandy left behind scenes of devastation along the US East Coast which people will remember for a long time to come. But the storm came at the end of a hurricane season that by most scientific measures was nothing out of the ordinary.
Managing climate and natural disaster risk
29 Nov 2012
Re/insurance plays an important role in managing climate and natural disaster risk, and that's why it's part of Swiss Re's core business.
Climate Week NYC 2012: the time for talking is over
02 Oct 2012
The curtain came down on Climate Week NYC 2012 on 26 September after more than 50 events and the resounding message during panel discussions and closed door sessions was that the time for action is now.
Strengthening society's resilience to climate change
20 Sep 2012
Swiss Re reaffirms its long-standing commitment to addressing climate change at Climate Week NYC 2012 and the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.
Insuring floods: a challenge and an opportunity
30 Aug 2012
Assessing proper flood coverage can be difficult, but it also allows the industry to educate the public about hidden flood risks and making floods insurable. Swiss Re dives deeper into flood risk with the publication Flood - an underestimated risk: inspect, inform, insure.
Road to Rio+20: building a sustainable world
12 Jun 2012
Ahead of Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, we reaffirm Swiss Re's commitment to sustainable value creation in our latest Corporate Responsibility Report.
The Clean Revolution goes digital with Swiss Re on 5 June live Twitter Q&A
22 May 2012
Ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, the Climate Group and Swiss Re took the Clean Revolution campaign to the world of social media. And we invited audiences worldwide to participate. Swiss Re’s David Bresch and Andreas Spiegel held a live Twitter Q&A on 5 June on climate adaptation in emerging markets – discussing what it means to countries, industries and communities.
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On the road from Copenhagen to Cancun
19 Apr 2012
Our head of Sustainability & Emerging Risk Management, David Bresch, explains how we came to be part of the Swiss delegation in Copenhagen and why the insurance industry is focusing on the issue of climate adaptation.
Swiss Re is proud to be the founding sponsor of Climate Week NYC
19 Apr 2012
Swiss Re is proud to be the founding sponsor of Climate Week NYC.
European Catastrophe Data
19 Apr 2012
PERILS, an independent Zurich-based company, has been created to aggregate and provide industry-wide European catastrophe insurance data on a subscription basis, offering a clearer picture of the potential natural catastrophe risks in Europe. The aggregated data sets will be derived from data voluntarily provided by European-based insurers. Swiss Re is a founding shareholder in PERILS.
Caribbean - From island mentality to watertight alliance
19 Apr 2012
On average, nine tropical storms blow across the Caribbean each year, five of them achieving hurricane strength. There is also a significant earthquake risk in the region. With small economies and high debt levels, the Caribbean states are highly dependent on donors to finance post-disaster needs – and also frequently faced with the reality that donations arrive late or never at all. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), set up in 2007, is a parametric risk transfer scheme...
Climate change report features Swiss Re’s work on adaptation
10 Apr 2012
In a widely cited report, some of the world’s leading climate scientists conclude that global warming will result in more extreme weather events and urge strengthening disaster preparedness. Swiss Re contributed to the new report with its research on climate risks and expertise in climate adaptation.
Climate change discussions heat up
08 Mar 2012
The insurance industry has been instrumental in pushing for more concerted action on the issue of climate change and extreme weather. Swiss Re has been at the forefront of this, being one of the first companies to identify the dangers of climate change more than 20 years ago.