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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan launches satellite to monitor damage from natural disasters

    Posted May 25th 2014, 05:25am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Satellite to monitor disaster damage Japan successfully launched a new mapping satellite yesterday that will be used to survey damage from natural disasters and changes affecting rainforests. The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) will be able to see scars left by catastrophes such as Japan's 2011 tsunami as well as monitor progress made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1519330/japan-launches-satellite-monitor-damage-natural-disasters
  2. News - World - TURKEY

    Turkish premier says mine disaster ‘part of the nature of business’

    Posted May 15th 2014, 09:29pm by BLOOM

    ... Agencies in Istanbul Turkey's trade unions went on strike yesterday after at least 282 people died in the nation's worst mine accident, which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said was "part of the nature of the business". Rescue workers, battling flames and methane gas, recovered eight more bodies from the mine in the western town of Soma. More than 70 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1512897/turkish-premier-says-mine-disaster-part-nature-business
  3. Business - Economy - INSURANCE

    China among countries underinsured against natural disasters, says ADB

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 12:50am by Jeanny Yu

    ... Jeanny Yu jeanny.yu@scmp.com The bank says Asia-Pacific, especially China, is underinsured against natural catastrophes Disasters can wipe out gains: ADB The Asia-Pacific region, and China in particular, is severely underinsured against natural disasters, which could result in losses big enough to wipe out gains from economic growth, says the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Over the past 20 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1494728/china-among-countries-underinsured-against-natural-disasters-says
  4. News - China

    Cost of natural disasters in China surges to 421b yuan

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 06:28pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China 421 billion yuan in 2013, nearly double the total for 2012 Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China 421 billion yuan (HK$532 billion) last year, official data showed on Monday, nearly double the total in the previous year. China has always been prone to natural ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1434198/cost-natural-disasters-china-surges-421b-yuan
  5. Business - Economy - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine economy expands by 7.2pc in 2013, despite natural disasters

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 11:52am by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... of the fastest-growing in Asia last year after shrugging off devastating natural disasters and expanding at a “remarkable” pace in the final quarter, the government said in Manila on Thursday. The economy grew ... economic stewardship. The Philippines endures relentless natural disasters because it is located along a typhoon belt and the so-called Ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1417359/philippine-economy-expands-72pc-2013-despite-natural-disasters
  6. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    President Xi Jinping warns of disaster if Sino-US relations sour

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 11:01am by Teddy Ng, Kwong Man-ki

    ... Teddy Ng and Kwong Man-ki in Beijing President calls for new thinking as China and US begin two-day talks on issues of mutual concern Xi warns of disaster if relations sour President Xi ... was unprecedented, and some setbacks may occur. If we are in confrontation, it would surely spell disaster for both countries PRESIDENT XI JINPING Xi called on both sides to correctly judge the strategic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1550184/confrontation-us-would-be-disaster-says-president-xi-jinping
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hongkongers are ill prepared for aftermath of natural disaster

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 05:07am by EMILY CHAN, CHI SHING WONG

    ... Emily Chan and Chi Shing Wong Emily Chan and Chi Shing Wong say Hongkongers are largely unaware of the health risks associated with natural disasters, and that needs to change Unseen storm ... and stronger typhoons in the future. There may be no way to prevent such natural disasters, but surely the damage can be minimised if both the government and the people are well prepared. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1359390/hongkongers-are-ill-prepared-aftermath-natural-disaster
  8. Business - Banking & Finance

    Natural disasters help insurance industry grow in Asia

    Posted Nov 06th 2013, 03:42pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore Asia’s vulnerability to natural disasters is helping drive the insurance industry in the region, an international conference in Singapore heard ... with rising asset values, will lead to greater demand for catastrophe insurance and reinsurance Ravi Menon, Monetary Authority of Singapore One major driver is Asia’s vulnerability to natural ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1349000/natural-disasters-help-insurance-industry-grow-asia
  9. News - China Insider - JACKIE CHAN

    Jackie Chan hits back at 'sensationalist' media reports on his natural disasters comments

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 12:35pm by Olivia Rosenman

    ... reporting” over his recent comments that he wished countries should experience natural disasters more often, while social media reacted with great disdain but little surprise over his gaffe. “How could anyone like to see natural disasters?” Chan told Tencent Entertainment over the phone. “What I meant was I want everyone to rally together, to protect and defend each other. “I don’t know ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1338697/jackie-chan-hits-back-sensationalist-media-reports-his-natural
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese lawmakers push for Russia-Japan natural gas pipeline

    Posted May 28th 2014, 11:25pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Lawmakers push for Russia-Japan gas pipeline Japanese lawmakers are renewing the push for a 600 billion yen (HK$45 billion) natural gas pipeline from Russia, which last week signed a supply deal with China, in a bid to cut energy costs after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. A group of 33 lawmakers is backing the 1,350km pipeline between Russia's Sakhalin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1520692/japanese-lawmakers-push-russia-japan-natural-gas-pipeline

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