Report highlights significant tightening of environmental regulation globally

Report highlights significant tightening of environmental regulation globally

Report highlights significant tightening of environmental regulation globally

Recent increases in global legislation have become the biggest change to environmental risk in years, according to a new report from Chubb in collaboration with Clyde & Co. The new environmental risks report, Global Management of Environmental Risk, explores the impact of environmental risk on multinational businesses, and focuses on recent increases in global legislation. Suresh Krishnan, head of global…

Shell oil case to continue for another year

Shell oil case to continue for another year

Shell oil case to continue for another year

A British judge has ruled that Nigeria’s Bodo community, which has been involved in a protracted legal battle with Shell over the cleanup of two 2008 oil spills, should retain the option of litigation for another year. According to reports from Reuters, lawyers for Bodo had accused Shell of trying to kill off the legal case by seeking a court…

Reinsurers bemoan lack of rate change in Asian insurance market

Reinsurers bemoan lack of rate change in Asian insurance market

Reinsurers bemoan lack of rate change in Asian insurance market

Despite the fact that 2017 was a severe year of natural catastrophes, the Asian insurance market has seen little impact in terms of rate changes, much to the disappointment of many insurers and reinsurers. Rates in the region have been deteriorating for several years, due to excess capacity and strong competition. This has led insurers to question whether certain commercial…

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

The Japanese government is set to fund the launch of a parametric disaster insurance pool designed to provide Asean nations with easily distributable recovery funds following natural catastrophes. According to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review, the Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (Seadrif) will be formally announced later in May at the annual meeting of the Asian Development…

RMS launches new HD model for Japanese earthquakes

RMS launches new HD model for Japanese earthquakes

RMS launches new HD model for Japanese earthquakes

Risk modelling firm RMS has released its new Japan Earthquake and Tsunami High Definition (HD) model. According to RMS, the model, which was developed in partnership with scientific agencies, insurers and local experts, offers a more detailed representation of earthquake and tsunami risk for the region. In addition to the input from its collaborators, the model also incorporates research gained…

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…

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