In a couple of days, Benoit will give a talk at the 9th Conference on Public Economics At the Regional and Local level (PEARL) in Helsinki, in Finland organized by the VATT (Government Institute for Economic Research). The slides are now available on the blog, and the paper is still online here
A few weeks ago (here, or there, among many others) I discussed shortly the increase of the frequency of natural catastrophes. An example is perhaps Australia, with major droughts over the past 10 years; a summer heat wave in Victoria, Australia, caused the massive bushfire in 2009; the flooding in Queensland this winter, as well as a huge cyclone. So it looks like Australia is experiencing that increase of the frequency of natural catastrophes.
Nature published last week a series of interesting papers on natural catastrophes (and its relation with a human factor). Increased flood risk linked to global warming by Quirin Schiermeier (likelihood of extreme rainfall may have been doubled by rising greenhouse-gas levels);Climate change: Human influence on rainfall by Richard P. Allan including some Letter by Min and another Letter by Pall; Human contribution to more-intense precipitation extremes by Seung-Ki Min,et al; and Anthropogenic greenhouse gas contribution to flood risk in England and Wales in autumn 2000 by Pardeep Pall et al.