Updates to the recent US geological survey show that certain areas face a higher threat of earthquakes than previously thought.

As the need for energy security drives investment in renewable energy, the insurance industry is responding by providing innovative products to mitigate some of the potential volatility.

The World Bank's Understanding Risk conference took place between 30 June and 4 July with the aim of producing actionable information on climate change. But it was the Prince of Wales and Lloyd's Chairman John Nelson who set the agenda in the week before.

As well as disrupting human society, recent flooding in the UK poses a threat to the safety of livestock – and the finances of their owners. Fortunately for farmers in the worst hit areas, livestock losses from the extreme floods of 2014 have so far been relatively low.

Recent extreme winter weather has seen a rise in an unusual, yet potentially deadly, geological phenomena, that of sinkholes. But while the mechanics of sinkholes are fairly well understood, more research is needed to identify any potential links to climate change and human activity.

Insurers watch their aggregates after Europe’s worst sequence of storms in over 20 years.

Widespread natural disasters in 2013 reminded insurers of the potential for high aggregate losses across their portfolios – but also highlighted the continuing problem of underinsurance in high growth economies.



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