Buffett: The surging cost of natural disasters isn’t just about climate change

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Healing after the fire: ‘Keep space for normal life” HEALING: Clinical psychologist David Young has extensive experience providing support and assistance to communities impacted by natural disasters. Picture: Alasdair McDonald Full story: https://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/5379531/healing-after-the-fire-keep-space-for-normal-life/


New eBook will prepare people with dementia for natural disasters

AUSTRALIANS are warned to prepare for natural disasters.

But how do hundreds of thousands of Australians suffering from dementia cope during cyclones, floods and fires?

A new guide from Queensland University of Technology’s Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration aims to assist the army of Australians who care for people with dementia, to be ready for the next disaster.

Centacare’s dementia strategy manager Ann Donaghy describes as “simply brilliant” the Preparing for a Natural Disaster eBook, written in partnership with the Red Cross.

“It’s colourful, easy to read, and just a few minutes spent planning ahead can save a life in a critical situation,” she said.

“With so many people living with dementia in their own homes there are some simple but critical tasks that carers can undertake like cleaning leaves from roof gutters… and many more besides.”

More than 425,000 Australians live with dementia, and in a country beset by natural disasters, the new eBook is a valuable tool….


Buffett: The surging cost of natural disasters isn’t just about climate change

After a devastating 2017 filled with natural disasters, questions have emerged about what climate change means for insurance and reinsurance. All in all, 16 storms broke the billion dollar mark according to NOAA, and the final tally broke $300 billion.

But while the scientific community is in consensus about climate change, its effects on insurance aren’t so clear, despite the soaring cost damage.

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) CEO Warren Buffett has long been a master of the insurance business, having invested significantly with great success in the industry through Geico and others. In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Buffett decidedly put aside concerns about climate change to his business…


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