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When humans cause natural disasters: business and legal implications - Tuesday 18 May 2010

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Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership
CAMBRIDGE RESILIENCE FORUM

 

PRESENTS 

When humans cause natural disasters: business and legal implications

 

DATE:    Tuesday 18 May 2010
TIME:    17:30 for 18:00
VENUE:    Webber Wentzel Offices, 10 Fricker Road, Illovo Boulevard, Johannesburg
COST:    R230 *

Natural disasters, such as the recent volcano in Iceland and the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti, are considered 'force majeure' or acts of God. These events are often excluded from insurance cover (ash cloud related insurance claims were only $10m compared to aviation industry losses of over $2,8bn) or are handled as exceptions in legal contracts. But what are the implications if human activities contribute to or cause 'natural disasters'? The influence that climate change can have on floods, hurricanes and sea surges has long been discussed, and a recent set of papers by the Royal Society in the UK looked at the potential impact of climate change on geological and geomorphical hazards.

We invite you come and participate in this very topical discussion with our panel of experts in ecosystem science, insurance and law:

PANELLISTS

Dr. Bob Scholes    Leader of the Ecosystem Processes and Dynamics Research Group, CSIR
Johann Scholtz    Partner, Webber Wentzel
TBC    Insurance Industry

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