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What to expect from the 2019 hurricane season
Compared to last year’s devastating Atlantic hurricane season, it seems this year’s will be a bit of a reprieve. According to the Weather Company’s forecast, released Monday, we’ll have a “slightly less active” Atlantic hurricane season than in 2018. But even this less active season can produce powerful tempests: We’re in store for a projected 14 named storms, including seven hurricanes, of which three are major hurricanes (category 3 to 5). The season starts June 1 and continues until Nov. 30, although tropical storms occasionally strike outside that period.

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zurichSuperbugs, pandemics and synthetic biology put biological risks on the C-suite's agenda

Too much of a good thing is rapidly becoming a bad thing.

Antibiotics have saved untold millions of lives over the past 90 years, but rampant overuse—by humans and in agriculture—threatens to lay the groundwork for a catastrophic public health emergency. And the looming crisis owes as much to human nurture as to nature.

“Our ability to respond to biological risks is being hampered by carelessness,” warns the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2019. “Misuse and overuse of antibiotics continues to undermine the efficacy of one of the most important medical countermeasures ever discovered.”

The threat of these superbugs highlights the growing biological risks around pandemics, the preparedness gap and the lack of governance around synthetic biology. This situation demands public-health officials coordinate a global response and that business leaders build resilience to biological risks into their operations across many areas.

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washington post A record number of measles
cases is hitting the U.S. this
year. Who is being affected?


The rising number of measles cases this year is by far the most since successful vaccination led to elimination of the disease in this country almost two decades ago. Cases appear in the United States every year because of people traveling abroad or visitors bringing measles from other countries where it is still common. Lower rates of vaccination, however, have created increased risk when the virus is brought in from other countries.

At least 764 cases across 23 states have been reported this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Two overlapping groups have suffered the most this year: children under age 4 and people who were unvaccinated.

The vast majority of people infected have not been vaccinated. Communities with lower vaccination rates are vulnerable because measles spreads so quickly through coughing and sneezing.
 
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Here’s What an All-Out Trade War Looks Like in Global Markets

Trade misery acquaints the markets with strange bedfellows.

What else would unify Indonesian bonds, semiconductor ETFs and Italian debt but this U.S-China showdown on tariffs.

Wall Street is issuing words of caution on the expansive collateral damage, forcing investors of all stripes to stress-test what-if scenarios, from bets on U.S. Treasuries to the very fringes of risk.

“This changes the thought process,” Daniel Gerard, head of investment and risk advisory for Asia Pacific in Singapore at State Street Bank & Trust Co., said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “If this continues this changes our decision from being pro-late cycle -- a growth story -- into a more defensive case.”

For bulls who have ridden the speculator rally in risk, here’s a gut check across assets.

Stock Slump
Global equities have pole-vaulted over the wall of worry on trade this year -- so naturally this week’s brinkmanship threatens to spur a material pullback.

The question is: How bad can things get?

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