WWF Germany, DKK launch free online course on climate change

free climate change online course
WWF Germany, DKK launch free course on climate change

WWF Germany and the Deutsches Klima-Konsortium (DKK), a scientific association, have created an English online course on climate change

September 21, 2017 — In a few weeks’ time, politicians, scientists and activists from around the world will meet in Bonn to discuss approaches to resolving the climate crisis. For those wanting to become knowledgeable about the subject before the negotiations in Continue reading WWF Germany, DKK launch free online course on climate change

Heavy rain triggers floods in Bacolod

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HEAVY RAIN. Bacolod experiences some flooding caused by heavy rain on Friday, September 22, 2017. Photo by Charles Hilado from Facebook.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia says the heavy downpour since Friday afternoon have caused waist-high floods in some barangays

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 23, 2017) — Heavy rain due to the southwest monsoon hit Bacolod City on Friday night, September 22. Continue reading Heavy rain triggers floods in Bacolod

Mexico extends search for quake survivors

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SEARCH. Rescue workers take part in the search for survivors in Mexico City on September 22, 2017, 3 days after the powerful quake that hit central Mexico. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

President Enrique Pena Nieto promises that officials would prolong their delicate probing for survivors

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Sept. 23, 2017) — Mexican authorities on Friday, September 22, extended a search for survivors of this week’s devastating earthquake that killed nearly 300 people, with foreign rescue teams helping out as the technical window for finding anybody left alive closed. Continue reading Mexico extends search for quake survivors

Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

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EVACUATION. A boy sits behind his parents and villagers after being evacuated during the raised alert levels for the volcano on Mount Agung in Klungkung regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 22, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Mount Agung, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and officials recommend people stay at least 9 kilometers away from the crater

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Sept. 22, 2017) — Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late Friday, September 22, after tremors prompted thousands to flee over fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. Continue reading Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

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DOMINICA. An aerial view of Roseau, capital of the Caribbean island Dominica, shows destruction September 21, 2017, three days after passage of Hurricane Maria. Photo by Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

‘For now our urgent, urgent matter is to get supplies to the affected people. We’re going to need all of the helicopter help we can get, because we need to ferry the supplies to people,’ Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says

ROSEAU, Dominica (Sept. 22, 2017) — The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica appealed for desperately-needed aid and helicopters following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, which left the country struggling to survive without water or electricity. Continue reading Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

NDRRMC reschedules postponed earthquake drill to September 27

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COVER. Soldiers cover their heads during the Nationwide Earthquake Drill, at the Quezon City Hall grounds in Quezon City, March 31, 2017. The drill aims to increase effort in public awareness of the ever-looming possibility of strong earthquake. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

NDRRMC initially schedules the earthquake drill on September 21. The drills are postponed after President Duterte declared it as a National Day of Protest

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 22, 2017) — The 3rd Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill will be held on Wednesday, September 27, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced on Friday, September 22, through its Facebook page. Continue reading NDRRMC reschedules postponed earthquake drill to September 27

Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

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An image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-16 satellite of Hurricane Maria making landfall on the island of Dominica on Tuesday, the day before it struck Puerto Rico. Credit: NOAA

This hurricane season has broken multiple records already

September 22, 2017 — On top of powerful winds and flooding, there was darkness. It came when the entire island of Puerto Rico lost power after Hurricane Maria’s onslaught Wednesday. The category 4 storm’s winds ripped through Puerto Rico starting around 7 a.m. Eastern time that Continue reading Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria’s wake

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Hurricane Maria was the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month and the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years. Photograph: Helene Valenzuela/AFP/Getty Images

National Weather Service says: ‘This is an extremely dangerous situation’. Maria knocked out island’s power and several rivers hit record flood levels

September 22, 2017 — Officials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people from their homes in western Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria inflicted structural damage on a dam and unleashed “extremely dangerous” flash floods. Continue reading Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria’s wake

Faults off Alaska Look Akin to Those Behind 2011 Japan Disaster

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Previously unrecognized tsunami dangers may threaten towns in the Aleutian Islands, like this one on Unalaska Island, Alaska, as well as parts of the U.S. West Coast and other far-flung shores. Credit: lfreytag/iStock/Getty Images Plus

In a seismically quiet segment of Alaska’s subduction zone lie faults with structures similar to those of the system that caused the deadly Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

September 22, 2017 — Recent high-resolution imaging of a major subduction zone running along the Aleutian Islands shows that an area known as the Shumagin Gap may pose a significant tsunami risk Continue reading Faults off Alaska Look Akin to Those Behind 2011 Japan Disaster

Indigenous peoples march to ask Duterte to lift martial law in Mindanao

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NATIONAL MINORITIES. At least 2,000 delegates from the national minorities join the September 21 protests to mark the 45th anniversary of the Martial Law. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Some 2,000 members of minority groups join the Mendiola rally on September 21, telling stories of how government troops have attacked their schools and communities

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 22, 2017) — Opening the program at the protest rally on Mendiola Thursday, September 21, a number of Lumad from Mindanao performed an interpretative dance, where President Rodrigo Duterte, wearing an American flag, is depicted as the enemy. Continue reading Indigenous peoples march to ask Duterte to lift martial law in Mindanao

Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

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SEEKING SHELTER. Mujibur Rahman (R), a Rohingya father of 10, carries his belongings, after being evicted with his family, while searching for a place to build a new makeshift shelter at the refugee camp of Kutupalung in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 20, 2017. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Communal tensions remain high across Rakhine. Raids by Rohingya militants at the end of last month spark a massive army crackdown, driving more than 420,000 people into Bangladesh in what the UN calls a campaign of ‘ethnic cleansing.’

SITTWE, Myanmar (Sept. 22, 2017) — An attack on an aid shipment in Myanmar’s violence-wracked Rakhine state and a deadly Red Cross truck crash in Bangladesh on Thursday, September 21, hampered desperately needed relief efforts for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution. Continue reading Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

Growing disaster resiliency in Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN) and the rest of Mindanao