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  • An Approach to Inclusive,Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for the Asia Region (June 2017)
    An Approach to Inclusive,Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for the Asia Region (June 2017)

    REPORT from Adventist Development and Relief Agency International Published on 15 Jun 2017   Adapting to Change The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has offices in 17 countries across Asia, the most disasterprone region of the world. ADRA recognizes the importance and ur…

  • When an adaptation effort no longer suffices
    When an adaptation effort no longer suffices

    No adaptation approach lasts forever in the face of increasing stresses posed by a changing climate. Think of each such effort’s having a ‘use-by’ date. How then to help strengthen future resilience? By Tyler Felgenhauer Climate adaptation responses are not all created equal … and…

  • Societal Aspects of High-Impact Weather and Climate
    Societal Aspects of High-Impact Weather and Climate

    The need for early warnings in Asia and the Pacific 10 years ago, Michael H. Glantz gave a presentation in Okinawa, Japan about how climate change is intensifying storms and crating superstorms. He explained that as global warming continues, the opposite colder extreme, will also emerge. Our definit…

  • How hot is it in the West? Let us count the ways
    How hot is it in the West? Let us count the ways

    San Francisco (CNN) It’s so hot in the West that the scorching heat is breaking records, causing massive power outages and prompting flight cancellations. On Tuesday, Phoenix hit a daily record reaching 119 degrees Fahrenheit, which ranked as the fourth hottest day on record for the Arizo…

  • Episode 1: Best Management Practices
    Episode 1: Best Management Practices

    Alicia Kinoshita, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Water Resource Engineering San Diego State University Alicia focuses her research on understanding hydrologic change in coupled human-natural systems. She seeks to improve predictions of hydrologic recovery in watersheds disturbed by anthropogenic activ…

  • South Africa: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs On Dialogue On Disaster Risk Reduction
    South Africa: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs On Dialogue On Disaster Risk Reduction

    PRESS RELEASE May 26, 2017 The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), honourable Des van Rooyen joined UN representative and delegates from other countries at an important world’s foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communiti…

  • Co-designing Disaster Risk Reduction Solutions: Towards participatory action and communication in science, technology and academia
    Co-designing Disaster Risk Reduction Solutions: Towards participatory action and communication in science, technology and academia

    May 12, 2017 Shaw R., Chan E., Lian F., Lu L., Shi P., Yang S., Chan G., Wong J. Following the adoption of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) by the UN Member states on March 2015, it becomes more important to consider how the science, technology and academic communities…

  • How to improve the health of the ocean
    How to improve the health of the ocean

      Print edition | Leaders May 27th 2017 The ocean sustains humanity. Humanity treats it with contempt EARTH is poorly named. The ocean covers almost three-quarters of the planet. It is divided into five basins: the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian, the Arctic and the Southern oceans. Were all…

  • Enabling Communities to Manage Risks
    Enabling Communities to Manage Risks

    Community Based Disaster Preparedness – Southasiadisasters.net Issue No. 155, April 2017 REPORT from All India Disaster Mitigation Institute Published on 30 Apr 2017 This issue of Southasiadisasters.net focuses on the most important theme of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held at…

  • La Niña is out and El Niño may be coming, and here’s what that means for our weather
    La Niña is out and El Niño may be coming, and here’s what that means for our weather

    By Phil Klotzbach and Brian McNoldy February 9, 2017 La Niña is over. It only lasted a few months, but tropical warmth is taking over again. While the Pacific will probably hover in the neutral territory between La Niña and El Niño into the summer, some models are hinting El Niño could return as ear…

  • Global and regional sea level rise scenarios for the United States
    Global and regional sea level rise scenarios for the United States

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Hazard Scenarios and Tools Interagency Task Force, jointly convened by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the National Ocean Council (NOC), began its work in August 2015. The Task Force has focused its efforts on three primary…

  • El Niño Ready Nations (ENRNs) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Report Executive Summary 2017
    El Niño Ready Nations (ENRNs) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Report Executive Summary 2017

      A government that takes El Niño occurrences as serious quasi-periodic threats and seeks to enact policies to protect its citizens and their livelihoods and properties, public and private, can be considered an El Niño-ready nation. El Niño is a recurring phenomenon in the tropical Pacific…

  • Seasonal Dimensions to Rural Poverty (1981, PDF)
    Seasonal Dimensions to Rural Poverty (1981, PDF)

    The process which led to this book was sparked by the discovery in a seminar at the institute of development studies at the university of Sussex that in both Northern Nigeria and a part in Bangladesh there was a peak in births in the late wet season. This led organizers and participants to examine t…

  • Scoping Study for Development of a Portal for DRR Lessons
    Scoping Study for Development of a Portal for DRR Lessons

    Scoping Study for Development of a Portal for DRR Lessons Arielle Tozier de la Poterie June 14th 2016 Introduction In February of 2015 The Consortium for Capacity building, in collaboration with USAID and the Turkish Met Service convened a group of over 90 inter-disciplinary experts in various aspec…

  • Workshop will help Hawaii residents prepare for natural disasters
    Workshop will help Hawaii residents prepare for natural disasters

    By Bret Yager, West Hawaii Today The forces of nature that help make Hawaii an interesting place to live can turn deadly at the drop of a hat. The island has been washed with tsunami, wracked by earthquakes, hit head on by a tropical storm and brushed by hurricanes. And there’s always the lava. It […

  • Rethinking Home: Climate Change in New York and Samoa
    Rethinking Home: Climate Change in New York and Samoa

    Communities in Samoa and New York both face challenges to home and homelands from the increasing severity of climate‐changed weather systems. Between September 2013 and July 2014, a group of Samoans and New Yorkers, with homes in coastal areas impacted by hurricanes, worked together to share and lea…