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Flooding after Storm Desmond

Source: Zurich The storms that battered the north of England and parts of Scotland at the end of 2015 and early 2016 caused significant damage and disruption to families and businesses across tight knit rural communities and larger towns and cities. This came just two years after Storm Xaver inflicted significant damage to the east coast of England. Flooding is […]

Tarification sociale de l’eau

PRIMO France Près d’une vingtaine de collectivités retenues pour l’expérimentation Un décret, publié au Journal officiel du 16 avril, fixe la liste des dix-huit collectivités et groupements de collectivités retenus pour participer à l’expérimentation, prévue par la loi Brottes sur l’énergie du 15 avril 2013, en vue de favoriser l’accès à l’eau et de mettre en œuvre une tarification sociale […]

Chemical pollution of European waters is stronger than anticipated

Source: The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) Large-scale study shows: Ecological targets of the Water Framework Directive will presumably not be met. “Substantial improvements in freshwater quality by 2015 have been a declared objective of the EU member states, manifesting itself by the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). A recent study conducted by the Institute for Environmental Sciences […]

Paris should prepare now for risk of a costly Seine flood

January 24, 2014, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Quote press-release: “24/01/2014 – A major flooding of the Seine River similar to the flood disaster of 1910 could affect up to 5 million residents in the greater Paris area and cause up to 30 billion euros worth of damage, according to a new OECD report. Economic growth, jobs and […]

Global Water Scarcity

Risks and challenges for business By Lloyd’s  and World Wildlife Fund Executive summary Business risk around water is rapidly entering the boardroom and risk managers’ realm. A few high profile cases1 have alerted business leaders to these risks and some companies are responding by seeking to put in place systems for understanding and addressing water-related risks to their operations, supply chains and brands. […]

New flood defences announced but is it enough?

 By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent, for the Telegraph New flood defences will be built around the country, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary has announced, but concerns remain over whether enough money has been allocated to protect homes from the increasing risk of extreme weather. Mr Paterson gave the go ahead for building to start on 93 new flood defences this year, including […]

When calls for deeper co-op on disasters

Premier also stresses importance of energy security at Laos summit Source: China Daily Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday called on Asian and European countries to deepen cooperation on emergency rescue services in major natural disasters. He made his plea as the United States scrambles to deal with the aftermath of devastating Hurricane Sandy. Read more >

Disaster economics

Source: The New Yorker Author: James Surowiecki On February 1, 1953, a fierce, sustained storm created a huge surge in the North Sea off the coast of Holland. Floodwaters overtopped the dikes, swallowing half a million acres of land and killing nearly two thousand people. Within weeks of the storm, a government commission issued what came to be known as […]

German Framework for Flood Risk Management

Firemen evacuate residents in a rubber boat from the Halle Neustadt district flooded by the swollen Saale river on June 6, 2013 in Meissen, Germany. Eastern and southern Germany are suffering under floods that in some cases are the worst in 400 years. At least four people are dead and tens of thousands have evacuated their homes.

The German federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz is well advanced in its programme of actions required to comply with the provisions of the EU Flood Directive. So far, the preliminary flood risk assessments; the flood hazard maps; and, the flood risk maps have been completed for the entire state. In early 2011, the flood risk management plans for the River Nahe […]

Corporate water risk tools

To mark World Water Day, Bill Baue takes a look at new corporate water risk tools introduced by WRI, Ceres, and GEMI Source: Bill Baue for the Guardian Professional Network The term ‘water risk’ is new enough to draw a blank on Wikipedia search, though the concept of measuring and managing water-related risks dates back to antiquity. Egyptian priests in Pharaonic times […]

‘Xynthia’ and ‘Celine’: How many more of these storms can we take?

Author: Professor Eelco H. Dykstra Source: RISK Management & Governance, Edition 6, Summer 2010 As of February 2010, the twelve countries (Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Denmark and Sweden) affected by the European storm Xynthia now have a completely different take on the harrowing tale in the book “the storm” (ISBN: 9789013062533). Not only does […]

Statement on the prevention of oil spills in the North Sea Region

“The General Assembly of the North Sea Commission, held in Stavanger (Norway) on 18 June 2010, expressed their real concerns in respect of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The General Assembly urges all governments to urgently investigate the risks which exist in the North Sea… The North Sea is of fundamental importance to the lives of its inhabitants […]

Cyprus Runs Risk on Desertification

Twenty years ago The Club of Rome brought forward the prognose that with the present techniques (1990) there would be enough drinkable clean water on Earth for 3 billion people. Now we are with much more people on our planet. Of course techniques are better, but with the combination with climate change makes it all more and more a puzzle. […]

Global Risks 2006

Executive Summary World Economic Forum Towards a more sophisticated understanding of global risks This document summarizes the output of a collaboration between the World Economic Forum, MMC (Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.), Merrill Lynch and Swiss Re, in association with the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, on the topic of […]