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Weather-Proofed

March 1, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

Community resilience looks to be taking a big step forward with the recent announcement that National Research Council Canada (NRCC) will take into account climate change as part of regular updates to the country’s building codes. The NRCC will conduct

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IBC congratulates federal government on National Research Council decision to update Canada’s building codes

February 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is congratulating the federal government on the National Research Council Canada (NRC) decision to update the country’s building codes to reflect the realities of climate change. “This is something that Canada’s property and casualty

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Global warming’s fingerprints seen in 24 weird weather cases

December 16, 2016 Seth Borenstein - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON – A new scientific report finds man-made climate change played some role in two dozen extreme weather events last year but not in a few other weird weather instances around the world. An annual report released Thursday by the

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Actuaries Climate Index launched to measure changes in extreme weather events and sea level in Canada, continental U.S.

November 30, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Organizations representing the actuarial profession in Canada and the United States have launched the Actuaries Climate Index (ACI), a quarterly measure of changes in extreme weather events and sea levels. The ACI, available online at ActuariesClimateIndex.org, is an educational tool

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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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UN report: Human footprint ‘increasingly visible’ in climate

November 8, 2016 Karl Ritter - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MARRAKECH, Morocco – Hot and wild and with an “increasingly visible human footprint” – that’s how the U.N. weather agency sums up the global climate in the past five years. In a report released Tuesday at international climate talks in

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Barely passable grade on flood preparedness demands immediate action: report

October 31, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

All 10 Canadian provinces and Yukon are not making the grade when it comes to flood preparedness, signalling the need for change, including not allowing municipalities to override provincial or territorial direction on development in flood-prone areas, argues a new

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Changing climate is raising forest fire risk, says Natural Resources Canada annual report

September 28, 2016 Bruce Cheadle - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A new government report says that by the end of this century a changing climate is expected to at least double the area burned each year by forest fires in Canada. The 2015 annual forest assessment by Natural

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Typhoon Lionrock to make landfall in Japan

August 29, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A typhoon with wind gusts up to 210 kilometres per hour is expected to make landfall in Japan Tuesday night local time, Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting unit reported Monday. As of Monday morning, Typhoon Lionrock was about 570 kilometers south-southeast

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Challenging Climate

August 1, 2016 Thomas Coleman, Chief Research Officer; and Alex LaPlante, Research Associate, Global Risk Institute

The world’s insurance industry is inherently susceptible to climate change-related risks. However, being so deeply integrated in society means insurers are well-positioned to promote global resilience to climate change through implementing related risk management and mitigation processes, as well as through continued international collaboration.

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Climate change may undermine soundness of insurers’ current cat models: Global Risk Institute study

July 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Climate change may undermine the soundness of insurers’ current catastrophe models, as well as diminish the effectiveness of existing portfolio diversification and risk transfer practices, suggested a recent report from the Toronto-based Global Risk Institute (GRI). “On the bright side,

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Federal investment will help Manitoba farmers predict the effects of flood and drought on farmland

June 13, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has announced an investment of more than $1.1 million to develop a hydrology model of Manitoba’s Assiniboine River Basin that will help predict the effects of flooding, excess moisture and extreme drought on agriculture lands.