Eyes on the storm



For most of the world's population, risk is not merely a financial concept. Catastrophic events, such as hurricanes, earthquakes or drought, can not only bring monetary damage, but hunger, disease and death - and can even shake the foundations of national governments. Global climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, which will inevitably hit the poor countries of the tropics hardest.

Storms such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 make the headlines because of their

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