Risk managers warned to factor climate change into all future scenario planning

Risk managers warned to factor climate change into all future scenario planning

Risk managers warned to factor climate change into all future scenario planning

Risk managers are being warned that climate change is already changing the litigation landscape across the world and that they must factor the risk into their planning to avoid an escalation in claims against their organisations, as Liz Booth reports Climate change is a fast-emerging risk that is impacting business in new and unexpected ways, which risk managers must factor…

Burst pipe causes fatal oil spill in Indonesia

Burst pipe causes fatal oil spill in Indonesia

Burst pipe causes fatal oil spill in Indonesia

Indonesia’s national oil company Petramina has stated that a ruptured undersea pipe was the cause of an oil spill on the island of Borneo that forced the local authorities to declare a state of emergency in the area. The spill started on Saturday in the port city of Balikpapan and claimed the lives of five fisherman when it ignited. Since…

Final loss estimate for Cyclone Debbie put at $1.3bn

Final loss estimate for Cyclone Debbie put at $1.3bn

Final loss estimate for Cyclone Debbie put at $1.3bn

Perils, the Zurich-based catastrophe data provider, has issued its fourth and final estimate for the losses suffered by property insurers from Cyclone Debbie, the tropical storm that hit Australia in March 2017. The estimate, which puts the losses at $1.3bn (AUD1.7bn), comes almost a year to the day that the category four cyclone made landfall on 28 March, hitting the…

Climate change exacerbating natural disasters as PNG crisis exposes protection gap

Climate change exacerbating natural disasters as PNG crisis exposes protection gap

Climate change exacerbating natural disasters as PNG crisis exposes protection gap

The ongoing effect of climate change is worsening the impact of natural disasters and costing the agriculture sector billions of dollars, according to a report from the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Furthermore, the much-talked-about protection gap between insured and economic losses has yet again been starkly exposed in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Papua New Guinea, following…

Ferma calls for EU-wide database on climate change risks

Ferma calls for EU-wide database on climate change risks

Ferma calls for EU-wide database on climate change risks

Ferma has called on the eu to collect better data on – and deliver access to – climate change risk data, promote related professional risk management practices, and help organisations make use of available options to finance climate-related threats. In a position paper submitted to the EU’s Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change consultation, the European risk management association writes…

West Africa’s Francophone farming industry

West Africa’s Francophone farming industry

West Africa’s Francophone farming industry

Abdou Diaw takes a look at the Francophone countries to see if the use of index insurance is working as an instrument to overcome climate risks and improve agricultural yields In Senegal, as in most African countries, the economy is characterised by a high proportion of agricultural activities that employ a large part of the population. Faced with the many…

Insurers still facing claims from 2010 NZ quakes

Insurers still facing claims from 2010 NZ quakes

Insurers still facing claims from 2010 NZ quakes

The long tail of earthquake-related loss events has been illustrated by news that insurers are still facing claims from historic earthquakes in Canterbury, Christchurch and Kaikoura in New Zealand. Two Australian insurers, IAG and Suncorp, reported that they are still paying out several years after the events. IAG said it was being passed on cap claims from the New Zealand…

UK rate increases fail to materialise, with market largely flat: Willis

UK rate increases fail to materialise, with market largely flat: Willis

UK rate increases fail to materialise, with market largely flat: Willis

UK corporate insurance buyers have avoided the hefty rate rises some predicted following record catastrophe-driven losses in the insurance and reinsurance markets last year, with the market largely flat, according to line-by-line analysis by Willis Towers Watson. However, with rate rises failing to materialise, buyers may instead face more selective underwriting as insurers focus on costs and reassess the quality…

Ferma plans moves to boost cyber insurance

Ferma plans moves to boost cyber insurance

Ferma plans moves to boost cyber insurance

Ferma is planning guidance on buying cyber insurance to help risk managers obtain cover that better reflects their needs. Following the publication of its cyber risk management and governance guide in June 2017, Ferma envisages publishing guidance later this year on purchasing cyber insurance. The report would be intended as a tool to help risk managers compare different cyber insurance…

Going green: how environmental liability exposures can be managed in global programmes

Going green: how environmental liability exposures can be managed in global programmes

Going green: how environmental liability exposures can be managed in global programmes

With both public and regulatory scrutiny of environmental damage on the increase, and the potential for large clean-up and remediation costs, environmental liability is one of the most important exposures many companies face. And the differing legal systems across the world mean that managing environmental liabilities can appear complex. Adias Gerbaud, head of environmental international at XL Catlin, based in…

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