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14.10.2011 CNN Money
Get your peanut butter – before prices soar

Brace yourselves, peanut butter lovers -- prices are set to spike following one of the worst peanut harvest seasons growers have seen in years.
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13.10.2011 The Guardian
Climate Change could drive spread of major coffee pest

Study mapping the spread of the berry borer, a major coffee pest, suggests climate change will make its impact more severe and widespread.
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12.10.2011 The Washington Post
NASA preparing for Earth-observing satellite launch

On October 27, NASA will launch the next generation weather and climate satellite… The data it beams back to Earth will help improve understanding of both global change and weather prediction.
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10.10.2011 Treehugger
World’s highest webcam monitors climate change on Everest

Recently, Italian researchers studying global warming in the Himalayas installed a heavy-duty, solar-powered camera at 18 thousand feet as a way of monitoring how climate change is impacting the region.
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10.10.2011 BBC News
Warm weather ‘knocks High Street sales’

September's unseasonably warm weather was bad news for the UK's retailers, as people were more interested in enjoying the sunshine than going shopping, a report has said. Like-for-like sales were down 4% last month compared with a year earlier, according to accountancy group BDO.
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06.10.2011 The New York Times
Insurance against the future

Ten separate billion-dollar weather disasters have hit the United States this year. And in one corner of the ring, with an ice pack on its brow, is the reeling insurance industry. It may be time for it to re-evaluate the threats and refresh its risk-management strategy.
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30.09.2011 Associated Press
Climate change threatens W. Africa cocoa industry

Climate scientists say that the booming cocoa industry in Ivory Coast and Ghana will be threatened by climate change.
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19.09.2011 Carbon Disclosure Project
Majority of US companies taking climate change action, despite absence of mandatory rules

The 2011 S&P 500 report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has found that while national and global policy remains uncertain, most large US companies recognize the opportunity to gain strategic advantage from acting to address climate change. For the first time since its inception, CDP has found that a majority of the S&P 500 disclosing companies now integrate climate change into core business strategy.
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18.09.2011 Business Daily
Climate change hits coffee industry

Global warming has increased the spread of pests in key farming regions with coffee exports facing the strain from the berry disease. Scientists at the Nairobi based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) predict increased incidences of coffee berry borer in coffee zones over the next 40 years due to changing climatic patterns.
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08.09.2011 NOAA Climate Prediction Center
La niña is back

La Niña, which contributed to extreme weather around the globe during the first half of 2011, has re-emerged in the tropical Pacific Ocean and is forecast to gradually strengthen and continue into winter. Today, forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center upgraded last month’s La Niña Watch to a La Niña Advisory.
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29.08.2011 Business Insider
How A Hedge Fund Reacts To A Hurricane: Trade Weather Derivatives!

While others were stockpiling water, flashlights, and board games in preparation for Hurricane Irene, the hedge fund Tudor Investment was crunching numbers. Paul Tudor Jones' investment firm employs a weather derivatives analyst.
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27.08.2011 Winnipeg Free Press
Betting on the weather grows in popularity

A salon in Atlanta has used them to avoid taking a financial haircut in years when the weather is extra nice and fewer people want to be stuck indoors getting their hair done. Closer to home, a local pool and spa retailer used one this summer to make a splash with the media and its customers.
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23.08.2011 LA Times
Nation's weather extremes may be the new normal

A record-setting winter in much of the country has been followed by more records: tornadoes, flooding, drought and heat. Climate change is largely to blame, scientists say.
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15.08.2011 BBC News
How British weather affects retail figures

VIDEO - British retail figures are due out on Thursday, so this week BBC Breakfast takes a look at the secrets of selling, the challenges retailers face, and the techniques they use to encourage us to part with our cash.
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15.08.2011 The Wall Street Journal
NYC sets record for rainfall at JFK airport

NEW YORK — Record rainfall around New York City that flooded roads on Sunday could cause delays for commuters Monday morning. John F. Kennedy International Airport reported 7.72 inches Sunday night — the most ever recorded there in a single day.
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14.08.2011 The Guardian
Weatherwatch: weather derivatives

The business of weather derivatives is growing fast. Unlike weather insurance that deals in extremes like floods, weather derivatives pay out on departures from average conditions.
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10.08.2011 Insurance Journal
Private Weather Forecasters in High Demand

With commodity markets across the globe in the thrall of extreme weather, private-sector meteorologists are increasingly providing custom-tailored weather intelligence to the financial world. This time of year their services are in high demand.
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07.08.2011 Tagesanzeiger
Street-Parade zittert vor schlechtem Wetter

In den letzten Jahren hat Regen die Konsumfreude des Party-Volks an der Street Parade gedämpft. Die Organisatoren haben Defizite eingefahren und nun erstmals eine Wetterversicherung abgeschlossen.
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20.07.2011 Blick
Der Schnee ist da – stellt die Skilifte an

BERN - Das Tessin wurde in den vergangenen Stunden ordentlich nass gemacht. Über 2000 Metern fiel Schnee – und das mitten im Juli.
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16.07.2011 NY Times
Drought, a creeping disaster

FLOODS, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other geological phenomena have left a trail of destruction during the first half of 2011. But this could be just the start to a remarkable year of bad weather. Next up: drought.
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08.07.2011 Financial Times
Brazilian sugar output set to slide

Sugar output in Brazil, the world’s biggest exporter, is set to fall for the first time in five years, the country’s industry association has told the Financial Times, raising the possibility of a sharp rise in prices that would stoke fears over food security.
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07.07.2011 A.M. Best
Swiss Re's Brown on Noncatastrophe Weather-Related Risks

INTERVIEW - Stuart Brown, regional head of origination of weather business for Swiss Re, discusses insuring against noncatastrophe weather-related risks.
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05.07.2011 BBC News
UK faces more harsh winters in solar activity dip

Britain is set to face an increase in harsh winters, with up to one-in-seven gripping the UK with prolonged sub-zero temperatures, a study has suggested.
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28.06.2011 CBS News
VIDEO - Historic drought causes $3 billion loss in Texas

CRAWFORD, Texas - It looks like harvest time in Texas, but for fourth-generation farmer Bert Gohlke it's actually a financial disaster. "It hurts, it hurts bad, it hurts real bad," Gohlke tells CBS News correspondent Don Teague.
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27.06.2011 The Guardian
Climate change hots up in 2010, the year of extreme weather

Last year was the joint-warmest on record and also the wettest over land, with sea ice levels dropping and drought on the rise. "I expect that by 20-30 years from now, extreme weather years like we witnessed in 2010 will become the new normal" says Jeff Masters.
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21.06.2011 Langenthaler Tagblatt
VIDEO - Wenn es viel regnet, gibt es das Geld zurück

In zwei Monaten findet in Huttwil das erste Open Sky Festival statt. Vom 7. bis 10. Juli gibt es auf der Längmatte neben dem Sportzentrum ein von Schweizer Rock- und Popmusik dominiertes Programm. Neu gibt es ein Wettergarantie-Ticket.
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21.06.2011 World Resources Institute
Six Things Companies Need to Know About Climate Change Adaptation

In a survey of global businesses, 86 percent described responding to climate risks or investing in adaptation as a business opportunity. So finds a new report jointly released yesterday by the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Oxfam and the World Resources Institute. Already, businesses worldwide are beginning to see the risks and economic impacts of more frequent and intense storms, water scarcity, declining agricultural productivity and poor health.
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08.06.2011 USA Today
'Wild and weird' weather leaves its mark

Monster tornadoes, historic floods, massive wildfires and widespread drought: Springtime has delivered a wallop of weather-related destruction and misery across much of the nation this year. And it may all be related. Never mind the debate over global warming, its possible causes and effects. We've got "global weirding."
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01.06.2011 CNBC The Kudlow Report
VIDEO – Catastrophe Economics

Insight on the financial cost of the recent catastrophe's on the US economy.
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31.05.2011 Market Watch - Wall Street Journal
More misery in cards as hurricane season kicks off

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Americans have endured more than enough dangerous weather over the past several months: huge snowstorms, massive Mississippi River flooding, the worst drought since the Dust Bowl, and a devastating tornado season that’s still on record pace.
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30.05.2011 The Times
Millions face food poverty as northern Europe is hit by worst drought in 35 years

BERNARD Maquis's cattle would normally be grazing in the lush green pastures of the Limousin region in central France at this time of year. Instead, they are eating hay intended for the winter after months of drought that has turned the fields yellow.
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26.05.2011 Financial Times
Bad weather poses threat to wheat supplies

Expectations for a sharp rebound in global wheat supplies were lowered on Thursday after an intergovernmental trading group said bad weather threatened key breadbaskets.
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24.05.2011 CNBC – The Kudlow Report
VIDEO – Catastrophe economics

Insight on the financial cost of the recent catastrophe's on the US economy, with David Friedberg, Weatherbill; Michael Hicks, Ball State University; Jim Iuorio, TJM Institutional Services; and John Kilduff, Again Capital.
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19.05.2011 BBC News
Northern Europe's farmers fear drought as bad as 1976

Farmers in northern Europe are finding themselves caught between a hard place and a rock-hard place as an unusually dry spring turns to summer.
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05.05.2011 The Guardian
Food prices driven up by global warming, study shows

Scientists warn that farming practices must be adapted to a warmer world and rises in global population. Global warming has already harmed the world's food production and has driven up food prices by as much as 20% over recent decades, new research has revealed.
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02.05.2011 American Meteorogical Society
Study: U.S. Economic Sensitivity to Weather Variability

Weather directly and indirectly affects production and consumption decision making in every economic sector of the United States at all temporal and spatial scales. Interannual aggregate dollar variation in U.S. economic activity attributable to weather variability could be 3.4% or $485 billion of 2008 gross domestic product.
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28.04.2011 Reuters
"Massive crop losses" feared from South drought

The worst drought in more than 40 years intensified across Texas over the last week, with high winds and heat causing "massive crop losses," with little relief in sight, according to weather experts Thursday.
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27.04.2011 Tages Anzeiger
Wenn die Wasserkraft den Bach ab geht

Alle sprechen derzeit vom sauberen Wasserstrom. Doch was, wenn wegen Trockenheit den Wasserkraftwerken der Rohstoff ausgeht? Dabei sind die Stauseen nicht einmal das grösste Problem.
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21.04.2011 Bloomberg
Corn, Soybeans Rally as Wet Midwest Weather May Delay Planting, Cut Yields

Corn and soybeans rose on speculation that wet, cold weather across the U.S. Midwest will limit planting and reduce yields.
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19.04.2011 Der Bund
Schweizer Flüsse und Seen mit rekordtiefen Wassermengen

Der Wasserstand im Walensee und im Bodensee ist kritisch. Fachleute warnen vor einer schlimmeren Situation als im Hitzesommer 2003.
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11.04.2011 BBC News
Dry spell affects water levels at some reservoirs

VIDEO - The dry weather has caused a fall in water levels at some of Britain's reservoirs.
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09.04.2011 NZZ Online
Hitzerekord am Samstag nochmals überboten

Ein Wetterrekord jagt derzeit den anderen: Nachdem der Freitag als frühester Hitzetag im Jahr überhaupt in die Wetterstatistik eingegangen war, stieg die Temperatur am Samstag erneut: In Locarno-Monti TI war es 31,8 Grad warm.
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07.04.2011 BBC News
River Severn water supplements reservoir supply
Water from the River Severn is being used to supplement supplies from reservoirs following a winter where rainfall was below average.
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06.04.2011 BBC News
Australia posts trade deficit as disasters hit exports

Australia has posted a shock trade deficit for the first time in 11 months as twin natural disasters dented the country's exports.
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09.03.2011 New York Times
Heat Damages Colombia Coffee, Raising Prices

In the last few years, coffee yields have plummeted in Colombia and in many of Latin America’s other premier coffee regions as a result of rising temperatures and more intense and unpredictable rains.
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27.02.2011 BBC News
Frosts wreck Lincolnshire cauliflower harvest

Farmers in Lincolnshire have claimed losses to the cauliflower crop caused by severe winter weather may reach £7m.
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22.02.2011 Tages Anzeiger
Schweizer Skigebiete fürchten ausländische Konkurrenz

Skiregionen sehen sich gezwungen, auch während der wärmeren Jahreshälfte nach Umsatzmöglichkeiten zu suchen. Schneemangel ist bei weitem nicht die einzige Problematik, welche die Bergbahnen beschäftigt.
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15.02.2011 Die Bundesregierung Online
Mehr Wetterextreme, mehr Risiken

Der Klimawandel schreitet weiter voran, auch in Deutschland. Schon ab 2040 müssen wir mit einer starken Zunahme extremer Niederschläge rechnen. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt ein gemeinsames Forschungsprojekt von vier Bundesbehörden.
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10.02.2011 msnbc.com
Extreme weather pushes food prices higher

Among the economic havoc brought by this winter’s extreme weather, none has been more severe than the impact on the global food supply chain.
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09.02.2011 Artemis
UK cold snap results in £1.4 billion in claims

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has released some figures on the claims received following the cold snap in the UK during December 2010.
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08.02.2011 Artemis
Miners need to embrace weather risk management

The recent flooding experienced in Australia has severely impacted the mining industry there and brought to light shortcomings in their risk management plans especially with regards to hedging their weather risk.
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09.02.2011 KHL Group
Floods, fires help drive Australian construction to new low

Recent flooding, fires and bad weather saw Australia's construction industry declined at a steeper rate in January, according to the latest Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI).
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09.02.2011 NZZ Online
Weniger Schnee heisst weniger Einnahmen für Bergbahnen

Wie der wenige Schnee an der Sonne sind in vielen Schweizer Skigebieten die Umsätze der Bergbahnen dahingeschmolzen. Im Januar erwirtschafteten Lifte und Bahnen in den Skiorten 2,9 Prozent weniger Umsatz als im Vorjahresmonat.
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07.02.2011 NZZ Online
Viel Sonne, aber kein Neuschnee

Das frühlingshafte Wetter macht den Schweizer Wintersportorten zu schaffen. Obwohl Gebiete in tieferen Lagen auf Alternativen setzen, bleibt Skifanatikern nur die Reise in schnee- oder schneekanonensichere Gebiete.
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25.01.2011 mondovisione
BME Launches BME Clima And Develops A Weather Index Platform - An Initiative Geared Towards Weather Risk Management

BME is launching a new project, named BME Clima, in this way starting a new business line dealing with weather risk management that should allow a large number of companies and institutions in Spain to enhance their coverage of climate-derived risks and hedge possible economic losses.
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12.01.2011 NOAA
NOAA: 2010 Tied For Warmest Year on Record

According to NOAA scientists, 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year of the global surface temperature record, beginning in 1880.
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05.01.2011 BBC Mobile
Mass evacuations as China's south battles 'big freeze'

Freezing temperatures in south-western China have forced the evacuation of 58,000 people from their homes, according to the Chinese authorities.
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