Latest Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters Stories

2011-01-25 07:31:01

A United Nations-backed research report showed Monday that 2010 was among the worst years on record for natural disasters over the past 20 years, leaving upwards of 300,000 people dead, and countless more injured and/or displaced. Nearly two-thirds of the total death toll, came from the devastating Haiti earthquake a year ago, that claimed the lives of more than 222,500 people, according to the Belgium-based Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED). Last summer's heatwave...

2010-06-09 02:00:00

SECAUCUS, N.J., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Emerging Payments Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Steven Kietz as Chairman of its Advisory Board effective immediately. Mr. Kietz has over 25 years experience in the credit card and consumer loans business working for Citibank and Chase Card Services and has been consulting in the electronic payments industry since October 2009. "Steve brings outstanding leadership and technical experience to alternative payment...

2010-01-28 14:05:00

A UN-sponsored report finds that more people died from earthquakes in the past decade than from any other disaster. Studies show more than 780,000 people were killed in nearly 4,000 disasters. These catastrophic events affected more than two billion other people and cost a minimum of $960 billion in economic losses. Guha Sapir of the Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters said climate events affected far more people and the threats for these events are increasing. "Most of the...

2006-01-30 09:30:00

By Richard Waddington GENEVA -- More frequent floods and drought, blamed by some scientists on global warming, brought a near 20 percent rise in natural disasters in 2005, researchers said on Monday. But the death toll fell to 91,963 from 244,577 in 2004 when the figures were swollen by the impact of the Asian tsunami, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and Belgium's Louvain research center said in a report. Over 80 percent of the fatalities in 2005 came...

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