The upshot is that losses from the first half of this year equaled around $50B with $13B of it insured. This is one of the largest tolls from this period in history. Losses from natural disasters which are quite common, such as hail and thunderstorm losses, are rising quickly year by year which seems to be a trend we will have to contend with as climate change increases the frequency and severity of such events. With hurricane season only just underway 2008 could end up being a record year of losses at a time when issuance of catastrophe bonds seems to be slowing (something which could help stimulate the market).
The report is available here in PDF format.