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  • #WaterCrisis: 1990 article shows Day Zero plans should’ve began years ago
    #WaterCrisis: 1990 article shows Day Zero plans should’ve began years ago

      Cape Town – Cape Town authorities should have begun implementing water augmentation schemes in 2012 or earlier, the Water Research Commission (WRC) said.If this had been done, there would be no talk of Day Zero, said WRC chief executive Dhesigen Naidoo. Images circulating on social medi…

  • Sea ice coverage at the poles remains at record- and near-record lows
    Sea ice coverage at the poles remains at record- and near-record lows

    NOAA Headquarters Though La Nina is starting to wane, the ocean-cooling phenomenon continues to lower global temperatures. February 2018 ended up being Earth’s coolest February in four years. The December-to-February seasonal period also was the coldest it has been since 2014, according to sci…

  • How a Community Was Sacrificed to Save Houston
    How a Community Was Sacrificed to Save Houston

    By LESLYE DAVIS, RAY WHITEHOUSE and ERIC MAIERSON Article…

  • Dust storms + snowpack raise late-summer water concerns
    Dust storms + snowpack raise late-summer water concerns

    Darkening of snow from more dust storms in warmer Colorado Rockies ‘just pushes on gas pedal for snowmelt’. Thursday, March 15, 2018 “It looks apocalyptic,” says Jeff Deems, a research scientist at the University of Colorado. With “a big orange-red sky, it really does look Martian.” He’s…

  • What Does It Mean to Be El Niño Ready?
    What Does It Mean to Be El Niño Ready?

    Perspectives What Does It Mean to be El Niño Ready? Michael H. Glantz *, Lino Naranjo 1, Marie-Ange Baudoin 2 and Ivan J. Ramírez 1,3 1    University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA; blino2011@outlook.com (L.N.) 2    Senior Climate Change Consultant, C4EcoSolutions,…

  • Arctic warming: scientists alarmed by ‘crazy’ temperature rises
    Arctic warming: scientists alarmed by ‘crazy’ temperature rises

    Record warmth in the Arctic this month could yet prove to be a freak occurrence, but experts warn the warming event is unprecedented Jonathan Watts Global environment editor February 27, 2018    An alarming heatwave in the sunless winter Arctic is causing blizzards in Europe…

  • What.If All the World’s Ice Melted Overnight?
    What.If All the World’s Ice Melted Overnight?

  • 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…