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Risk to U.S. property from severe convective storms as high as from hurricanes: Willis Re

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe convective storms (SCS) posed as much risk to property in the United States as hurricanes between 2003 and 2015, with the average annual loss from SCS amounting to US$11.23 billion compared to US$11.28 billion from hurricanes. So concludes a

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2016 marks three consecutive years of record warmth for the globe: NOAA

January 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The year 2016 marked three consecutive years of record warmth for the globe, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported on Wednesday. “With a boost from El Niño, 2016 began with a bang,” NOAA said in a press release.

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Extreme weather events can be modelled as “independent” by global reinsurers, Lloyd’s and Met Office study confirms

November 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Extreme weather events can be modelled as “independent” by global reinsurers when assessing many of their key aggregate risks around the world, confirmed a new report from Lloyd’s, the world’s only specialist insurance and reinsurance market, and the Met Office,

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2016 set to be hottest year on record: World Meteorological Organization

November 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

2016 is “very likely” to be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nation’s agency on weather, climate and

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Total worldwide economic losses for first half of 2016 at US$70 billion, up US$11 billion from 2015 half-year totals: Munich Re

July 12, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Total worldwide economic losses for the first half of 2016 were US$70 billion, of which US$27 billion were insured, significantly higher than the first year losses of US$59 billion in 2015, of which US$19 billion were insured, Munich Re said

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‘Nuisance flooding’ exceeds trends, breaks records in the United States: NOAA

June 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

‘Nuisance flooding’ exceeded trends and broke records, especially in the southern United States and Gulf Coast, possibly due to a strong El Niño compounding already rising sea levels, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Wednesday. The frequency

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As risk of farm losses rise, so too do number of farmers buying crop insurance

May 10, 2016 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Kelly McIntyre has tilled the soils of northwestern Alberta for more than 30 years, but only this spring did he conclude that he needed crop insurance. “There just seems to be increased risk, more risk all the time,”

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The Weather Company predicts 14 named storms for the 2016 tropical season

April 30, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Weather Company, an IBM Business, has issued their first tropical forecast for the 2016 season, which includes a total of 14 named storms. Of those named storms, eight will be hurricanes and three will be major hurricanes, The Weather

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Global temperature records piling up: NOAA

April 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

For the 11th straight month, the globe was record warm, as March set another heat record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Tuesday. As the Earth continues to warm and is influenced by phenomena such as El

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Aon Benfield’s Tropical Storm Risk releases forecast for Atlantic Hurricane season

April 5, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Tropical Storm Risk (TSR), part of Aon Benfield Research’s academic and industry collaboration, is forecasting 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major (Category 3+) hurricanes between the months of June and November. The April forecast for the Atlantic Hurricane