Catastrophes

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A disaster is a natural or man-made hazard that has come to fruition, resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the natural environment. A disaster can be ostensively defined as any tragic event with great loss stemming from events such as earthquakes, floods, catastrophic accidents, fires, or explosions.

In contemporary academia, disasters are seen as the consequence of inappropriately managed risk. These risks are the product of hazards and vulnerability. Hazards that strike in areas with low vulnerability are not considered a disaster, as is the case in uninhabited regions.

Developing countries suffer the greatest costs when a disaster hits – more than 95 percent of all deaths caused by disasters occur in developing countries, and losses due to natural disasters are 20 times greater (as a percentage of GDP) in developing countries than in industrialized countries.

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* War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory. - Georges Clemenceau

* AIDS occupies such a large part in our awareness because of what it has been taken to represent. It seems the very model of all the catastrophes privileged populations feel await them. - Susan Sontag


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  • Drop in disaster payouts strengthens case for reinsurance price cut
    Payouts by insurers for disaster claims in the first six months of the year were below the average for the past 10 years, a study showed on Wednesday, which is likely to bolster insurers' calls for cheaper reinsurance. The global insurance industry covered $21 billion in losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in the first half of the year, pre Read more on this news related to 'Catastrophes'
  • Column: Health Care and Climate Catastrophes
    Last week, leading health authorities were huddled at World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, discussing how to confront one of the most urgent threats to humanity. It’s not Ebola. And it’s not HIV/AIDS, malaria, cancer, obesity, heart disease or diabetes. Read more on this news related to 'Catastrophes'
  • No catastrophes at Happy Days Beckett Festival opening Opening
    There were no catastrophes this weekend, as the third annual Happy Days Beckett Festival opened, with audiences enjoying a plethora of Beckett inspired performances. Read more on this news related to 'Catastrophes'

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