Tag Archives: disaster mitigation

Thousands participate in the 3rd nationwide earthquake drill

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EARTHQUAKE DRILL. More than 1,000 grade schoolers of Mabini Elementary school in Baguio City join the 3rd national Earth Quake Drill September 27, 2017. Photos by Mau Victa

The #BidaAngHanda, the official hashtag for the nationwide earthquake drill organized by the NDRRMC, trends nationwide

MANILA, Philippines – How ready is Southern Luzon in case of a strong earthquake? Continue reading Thousands participate in the 3rd nationwide earthquake drill

Palawan’s hazard-prone towns identified

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According to the Provincial Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2023, an estimated 244,997 people are highly susceptible to landslides, with Puerto Princesa City, Roxas, and Rizal having the highest population exposure

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — With the rainy season in full swing, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) here has reminded communities residing in hazard-prone areas to always be prepared for disasters. Continue reading Palawan’s hazard-prone towns identified

The fight against climate change: four cities leading the way in the Trump era

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New York City, Houston, Miami and San Francisco have all taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with rising sea levels and global temperatures. Are their successes a blueprint for action at the state and local level?

June 12, 2017 — Wholly unintentionally, Donald Trump may have sparked unprecedented determination within the US to confront the danger of climate change. Continue reading The fight against climate change: four cities leading the way in the Trump era

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

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Barack Obama has transferred a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund just three days before he leaves office. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

New instalment leaves $2bn owing, with Donald Trump expected to cease any further payments

January 18, 2017 — Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office.  Continue reading Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

Gov’t eyes ‘stronger’ disaster management agency to replace NDRRMC

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SECOND MEETING. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council holds its second meeting under the Duterte administration on January 12, 2017 in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Toni Zuniga

If Congress approves, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will be replaced by an independent agency called the Civil Defense Authority (CDA)

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 13, 2017) — Learning from the problems encountered during Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and other big disasters, the government is poised to establish a new disaster management agency.  Continue reading Gov’t eyes ‘stronger’ disaster management agency to replace NDRRMC

Clean energy: The challenge of achieving a ‘just transition’ for workers

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An ex-miner at an abandoned coal mine in Romania. Photo: © Flore de Préneuf / World Bank.

Tackling climate change is good for the economy, good for business and good for people. This is the narrative often pushed out by campaigners, researchers and governments around the world

January 4, 2017 — But while measures to curb emissions and reduce the impacts of rising temperatures will be good for the many, the few who work in industries affected by climate policies risk losing their livelihoods as the economy leans increasingly upon renewable energy.  Continue reading Clean energy: The challenge of achieving a ‘just transition’ for workers

Flooding, UK government plans for more extreme rainfall

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Flooding in the village of Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, 2015. Critical infrastructure, such as water and telecoms, are at serious risk from floods. Photograph: Catriona Webster/PA

National review prompted by severe flooding in recent winters anticipates 20-30% more extreme downpours than before

September 8, 2016 — The UK’s new flood defence plans anticipate significantly higher extreme rainfall, after new research was published as part of the government’s National Flood Resilience review.  Continue reading Flooding, UK government plans for more extreme rainfall

Flooding – the problem that will not go away

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A flooded Carlisle street in December. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

A report by MPs says the government is failing those in flood-prone areas in a number of ways

July 6, 2016 — During last December and January, floods in the northern half of the UK cost insurance companies £1.3bn. Bridges and roads were destroyed, hundreds of homes and businesses were inundated, and many of these are still recovering. The government Continue reading Flooding – the problem that will not go away

A Remote Pacific Nation, Threatened by Rising Seas

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Tabwena Kaokatekai, 42, of Buariki, a village in North Tarawa, with her newly planted mangrove trees. Erosion along the beach here has already toppled dozens of coconut trees into the ocean. JOSH HANER / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Climate change is threatening the livelihoods of the people of tiny Kiribati, and even the island nation’s existence. The government is making plans for the island’s demise.

TARAWA, Kiribati (July 4. 2016) — One clear bright day last winter, a tidal surge swept over an ocean embankment here in the remote, low-lying island country of Kiribati, smashing through the doors and windows of Betio Hospital and spewing sand and debris across its Continue reading A Remote Pacific Nation, Threatened by Rising Seas

Climate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk

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Flooding and drought will affect more people but few countries are planning for it, warns the World Bank. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Organisation urges better city planning and defensive measures to defend against rapid rise in climate change-linked disasters

May 16, 2016 — The global community is badly prepared for a rapid increase in climate change-related natural disasters that by 2050 will put 1.3 billion people at risk, according to the World Bank. Continue reading Climate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk