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Bicol grade school students trained in disaster response, resilience

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TRAINING. A representative from the Office of Civil Defense Bicol demonstrates to pupils at the Bacacay East Central School in Albay how to administer first aid. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Bicol is the pilot area for the Office of Civil Defense’s resilience caravan

ALBAY, Philippines (Nov. 24, 2017) — The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol is teaching the next generation of Bicolanos to be prepared should disaster strike in the region. Continue reading Bicol grade school students trained in disaster response, resilience

NDRRMC to local officials: Prepare for Severe Tropical Storm Paolo, LPA

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PREPAREDNESS. The NDRRMC conducts an emergency response preparedness meeting to discuss government response for combined effects of Severe Tropical Storm Paolo and the low pressure area. Photo from NDRRMC

Those in Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao are advised to take precautionary measures amid rain from Paolo, while Palawan is affected by the low pressure area

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) advised local governments and residents to be on alert for both Severe Tropical Storm Paolo (Lan) and a low pressure area (LPA). Continue reading NDRRMC to local officials: Prepare for Severe Tropical Storm Paolo, LPA

Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

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TO LIFT OR NOT TO LIFT? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will make an assessment first before sending recommendations to President Rodrigo Duterte. Photos from Malacañang

After two of the top leaders of local terrorists are killed in Marawi City, is the lifting of martial law in Mindanao coming anytime soon?

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 16, 2017) — After Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Monday, October 16, that Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute were killed by government troops past midnight, the next question from the public was inevitably, would martial law in Mindanao be lifted now?  Continue reading Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City

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FLOODING. The intertropical convergence zone brings heavy rain and floods to Zamboanga City.

The lone fatality is a 70-year-old man who drowned while evacuating

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Oct. 16, 2017 ) — One person died and 4 others were injured as heavy rain caused by the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) triggered flooding in this city on Sunday, October 15. Continue reading 1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City

Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars

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The average Los Angeles commuter wastes almost 5.5 days each year in gridlock … adding roads and highways only encourages people to use private transport modes. Photograph: Mike Nelson/EPA

Electric cars won’t eradicate gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit

October 16, 2017 — The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed. Continue reading Our cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars

California wildfires: 21 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

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Fires burn near vineyards in Napa County late Tuesday evening. ‘We’re still not out of the woods, it’s a very serious situation.’ Photograph: Palle/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Unprecedented fires raging in California’s wine country leave ‘enormous devastation’ with foreboding weather conditions expected

October 11, 2017 — The death toll has climbed to 21 as wildfires continue to blaze almost completely out of control in California’s wine country, and firefighters expect weather conditions to take a turn for the worse. Continue reading California wildfires: 21 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria

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Devastation on the island of Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Photograph: Jose Jimenez/Getty Images

Increasingly unfamiliar and unpredictable weather events mean that business as usual is not an option for these islands to survive

October 6, 2017 — As a Caribbean climate scientist, I am often asked to speak about how climate change affects small islands. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, one of two category five storms to batter the eastern Caribbean in just a week, three words resonate in my mind. Continue reading Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria

Bangladesh to build one of world’s largest refugee camps for 800,000 Rohingya

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Rohingya carry belongings through muddy water in the refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar. Over 500,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Authorities say they will move Rohingya from 23 camps into new refugee zone near Cox’s Bazar close to Myanmar border

October 5, 2017 — Bangladesh on Thursday announced it would build one of the world’s biggest refugee camps to house all the 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims who have sought asylum from violence in Myanmar. Continue reading Bangladesh to build one of world’s largest refugee camps for 800,000 Rohingya

Trump tells Puerto Rico to be ‘proud’ of low storm toll

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US President Donald Trump takes part in a food and supply distribution at the Cavalry Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump rallies disaster management workers telling them they ‘can be very proud’ of their response

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico, USA (Oct. 4, 2017) — US President Donald Trump shook hands with storm survivors in Puerto Rico Tuesday, October 3, and told them to be “proud” the island did not lose more lives to Hurricane Maria, on a trip designed to quiet criticism of his administration’s response to the disaster. Continue reading Trump tells Puerto Rico to be ‘proud’ of low storm toll

WB, AIIB commit P21 billion to manage Metro Manila floods

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RECURRING PROBLEM. In this file photo, residents of Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City, wade the knee-high flood in Veterans Village. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

This comes as the Metro Manila Flood Management Master Plan is expected to be fully implemented in 25 years

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 1, 2017) — Will modernizing pumping stations fix the problem of heavy flooding in the Metro Manila? Continue reading WB, AIIB commit P21 billion to manage Metro Manila floods