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Dow and TNC Release Study Highlighting the Importance of Green Infrastructure in Protecting Against Natural Disasters

MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have released a new study focusing on how nature can help protect business assets from natural disasters. Based on research completed as part of the ongoing Dow-TNC collaboration, the study demonstrates that asset protection strategies can include green infrastructure – such as marshes, mangroves, coral and oyster reefs – along with more conventional infrastructure – such as dykes and levees – to protect business assets from hurricanes and flooding.

“The U.S. Gulf Coast is home to engineering, research, distribution and shipping, and manufacturing facilities that produce and ship thousands of products, enhancing the quality of life for people around the world”

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As financial losses due to natural catastrophes continue to increase and storm activity escalates, the need for adequate infrastructure has become much more apparent. For example, according to the Insurance Information Institute, 2011 marked the largest worldwide loss on record with $380 billion in total losses – 37 percent of which can be attributed to storms and flooding – shining light on a need for more resilient infrastructure to help protect people and assets in the worst weather conditions.

Published online and in the October print edition of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM), the study – entitled "Evaluating the Role of Coastal Habitats and Sea-Level Rise in Hurricane Risk Mitigation: an ecological economic assessment method and application to a business decision” – gives businesses and governments responsible for billions of dollars in assets in coastal environments reason to consider natural defenses in their risk-management strategies, particularly in defending those assets against hurricanes.

“The U.S. Gulf Coast is home to engineering, research, distribution and shipping, and manufacturing facilities that produce and ship thousands of products, enhancing the quality of life for people around the world,” said Earl Shipp, vice president, Dow U.S. Gulf Coast Operations...


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