SFU Net Impact

SFU Net Impact (www.sfu.ca/~impact) is a diverse group of students and professionals working together to create innovative opportunities for individuals, organizations and institutions to learn about and implement the principles of environmental and social responsibility. Come out and meet people with similar values and be part of a group that is making a positive difference. If you want be added to SFU Net Impact’s mailing list, email impact@sfu.ca.
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2004 Catastrophe Losses a Record for US Insurers

Unprecedented hurricane activity helped make 2004 the costliest year ever for US insurers as they paid out $27.3 billion. While there were 22 catastrophic events in 2004, five hurricanes that made landfall in the United States along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts accounted for 80 percent of the insured losses, according to Insurance Services Office (ISO), a Jersey City, New Jersey, company that tracks insurers. According to ISO, insurers paid out more than twice the amount paid out in 2003, and more than 2001’s $26.5 billion which included losses related to the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Green Budget ( Canada)

The Green Budget Coalition is comprised of 20 of Canada’s leading environmental and conservation organizations. The objective is to monitor and provide recommnedation for the government of Canada’s annual budget. Their approach is that the environment and the economy are inextricably linked. Decisions taken in either realm will inevitably have a lasting impact on both. With that in mind, the Green Budget Coalition offers four key budget proposals that are designed to enhance both Canada’s long-term economic competitiveness and to protect our environment. Global events are moving quickly. The Kyoto Protocol is coming into effect and Canada (February 16, 2005) will have to take meaningful steps to abide by its international treaty commitments in earnest. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has, in a recent report, once again revealed that Canada is embarrassingly under-performing on the environment in comparison to other OECD countries.
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