March 14, 2016: Financing Pandemic Risk, Houston's Hurricane Plan Questioned and Insurers Living Less Than Zero 

Chris Westfall
Chris Westfall

Risk Science: What You Need to Read Today

The European Weather Forecast Model Already Kicking America’s Butt Just Improved

Ars Technika UK

Better resolution will allow the world’s best model to improve local forecasts.

New Houston Hurricane Plan Stirs the Pot


A new proposal to protect the Houston area from hurricanes is reigniting controversy.

Wildfire Emissions Worse in Polluted Areas

University of California 

Researchers have found that biomass grown in areas of poor air quality releases more pollutants when burned than biomass grown in clean air.

Is the US Ready for the Next Big Pandemic?


The possibility of epidemic in a highly globalized world, however, is not the only threat to public health.

Risk Business: What You Need to Read Today

How the Global Financial Community is Dealing with Pandemic Risk

Institutional Investor

Banks and insurers and developing tools to reduce the impact of pandemics in developing nations.

Insurers Hit By Zero Interest Rates


The European Central Bank’s Decision to slash interest rates had hit German life insurance providers hard, and many complain people no longer have an incentive to save into these policies.

To Defray His Legal Costs in Defamation Suits, Cosby Turns to His Insurance


Luckily for Cosby, he has homeowners’ insurance.

Blackstone Group Near Deal to Sell Hotel Portfolio to Anbang Insurance Group

WSJ (sub may be required)

China’s Anbang already owns New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria