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  • Mudslide Safety for the Home: How to Assess Your Risk and Take Preventative Action
    Mudslide Safety for the Home: How to Assess Your Risk and Take Preventative Action

    Home Advisor Additional Resources at the End Disasters like the devastating California wildfires have brought the mounting dangers of Mother Nature home for many Americans. But the damage doesn’t just stop with the scorched trees and damaged bushes across hundreds of thousands of acres: widespread…

  • Strengthening the Early Warning Capacity of NMHSs in Low-Income Countries
    Strengthening the Early Warning Capacity of NMHSs in Low-Income Countries

    Author:  John Harding, Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Secretariat; Silvi Llosa, CREWS Consultant; and Demetrio Innocenti, WMO Theme: Disaster risk reduction   Bulletin nº :  Vol 66 (2) – 2017   Sustainable Development Goal 17 (SDG 17), which s…

  • Cape Town Braces For Water Emergency That Could Affect Nearly 4 Million People
    Cape Town Braces For Water Emergency That Could Affect Nearly 4 Million People

    “The South African city plans to shut off its water on April 12, unless dam water levels go up.” By Nina Golgowski Nearly 4 million people in Cape Town, South Africa, are facing a dangerous reality: Unless their water use severely drops, they will soon run out. The city has announced pla…

  • Learning Lessons from the 2017 Hurricane Season
    Learning Lessons from the 2017 Hurricane Season

    Ryan Vachon November, 2017 In the face of the terrible loss of life, infrastructure, economy and resources from the 2017 hurricane season, we can learn from the destruction.  The impacts of disasters are a combination of a hazard’s ferocity and community preparedness for the event.  We can…

  • Survivors: The Missing Links to DRR
    Survivors: The Missing Links to DRR

    As the devastation of Hurricane Maria continues to plague Puerto Rico, citizens are stepping up and banding together by improvising in unusual ways. The impacts of Maria have been felt across the island and while phone lines, clean water, shelter and food are in scarce supply or simply nonexistent,…

  • Ethiopia opens Africa’s tallest and most controversial dam
    Ethiopia opens Africa’s tallest and most controversial dam

    The Gibe III dam has the capacity to double the country’s electricity output at the flick of a switch   SUB-Saharan Africa’s largest mass-housing programme; its first metro; its biggest army. Ethiopia’s government likes to deal in superlatives. Last week the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolution…

  • AMCOMET Africa Hydromet Forum *CCB Attending*
    AMCOMET Africa Hydromet Forum *CCB Attending*

      AMCOMET-AFRICA HYDROMET FORUM 12-15 September 2017 Forum Schedule Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience in Africa for Sustainable Development The Role of Weather, Water and Climate Services African Union Commission Headquarters Addis Ababa, Ethiopia CONCEPT NOTE Background Africa has…

  • Infrastructure projects must build capacity of locals
    Infrastructure projects must build capacity of locals

      Robert Austin Wednesday, July 26, 2017  The National Coordinator with the Labour-Intensive Public Works (LIPW) under Ghana Social Opportunities Project (GSOP), Robert Austin, has highlighted government’s failings in building the capacity of Ghanaians to benefit from infrastructure projec…

  • 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…