January 29, 2016: Mortality Risk in Black and White, Un(Fair) Wildfire Insurance and the Urge to Merge

Chris Westfall
Chris Westfall

Risk Science: What You Need to Read Today

Death Rate Improvements for Whites Have Stalled


Whites of all ages are dying earlier than historical trends would have predicted.

Why Was the Blizzard of 2016 So Easy to Predict? We Can Trace It to the Tropics.

Washington Post

There was an overpowering connection between the Blizzard of 2016 and the weather in the tropical Pacific Ocean

Earth Movements That Don’t Shake Could Forecast Large Quakes

Scientific American

Temblors off northeastern Japan are often preceded by subtle slips along seafloor faults.

Europe’s Recent Summers Were the Wwarmest in 2,000 Years’


The past 30 years in Europe have likely been the warmest in more than two millennia, according to new research.

Risk Business: What You Need to Read Today

U.S. Utilities Worry About Cyber Cover after Ukraine Grid Attack


A similar attack in the United States could cripple utilities and leave millions of people in the dark, costing the economy more than $200 billion.

Insurance Debate Flares as Climate Change Boosts Wildfire Risk


Some analysts fear that opening up the state-sanctioned insurance program undercuts the private market’s ability to address mounting climate threats that are fueling damaging wildfires.

Insurers Facing Pressure to Merge

Australian Business Review

Prolonged competitive pressure and an unusual string of natural catastrophes could be setting up the Australian insurers as a sector ripe for mergers.

MIT Spinout Insurify Raises $2 Million To Replace Human Insurance Agents With A Robot


Insurify, a startup out of MIT, announced the launch Expert Virtual Insurance Agent, an artificially intelligent virtual insurance agent that finds you better car insurance using a photo of your license plate.