FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

13 October 2020, Geneva/Rome - As extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity, particularly due to climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its partners have warned that early warning systems, followed by early action, are critical to prevent disasters and save lives.

Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry

Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry

A historic slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water loaded with chemicals, pesticides, and human waste from 31 states and two Canadian provinces is draining straight into the marshes and bayous of the Gulf of Mexico —the nurseries of Arnesen’s fishing grounds—upsetting the delicate balance of salinity and destroying the fragile ecosystem in the process.

Space Photos of the Week: The Shrinky, Wrinkly, Seismic Moon

Space Photos of the Week: The Shrinky, Wrinkly, Seismic Moon

Space Photos of the Week: The Shrinky, Wrinkly, Seismic Moon. These aren’t tiny temblors either: They measure up to 5 on the Richter scale, and if you’ve been through an earthquake you know that’s enough shaking to send you diving under a table or desk.

Cities under climatic siege: #InclusionMatters

Cities under climatic siege: #InclusionMatters

We just released a short policy note on what social inclusion means for city residence, while focusing on urban floods. READ MORE: Download: What Does Social Inclusion Mean for a Resilient City?

Inclusive resilience: Are we building resilience for all?

Inclusive resilience: Are we building resilience for all?

Led by the World Bank’s South Asia unit, with support from Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) , the pilot aims to create a set of recommendations summarizing possible entry points – project-specific social inclusion ideas – that are practically replicable to similar projects in other countries and localities based on the DRM activity.

Harnessing creativity for change: The art of resilience

Harnessing creativity for change: The art of resilience

In an era of increasing natural hazards and climate change, art can also communicate the future risks we face. Last year, on the sidelines of FOSS4G and Understanding Risk Tanzania, a mural challenge brought together young Tanzanian artists to communicate visually about risk and resilience.

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

To that end, Bhutan embarked on the $1.29 million Improving Resilience to Seismic Risk project funded by the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Technical Assistance Program to Support Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

Investing in modern hydromet services for a climate-resilient Africa

Investing in modern hydromet services for a climate-resilient Africa

To help reduce these impacts, modernized weather – or “hydromet” – services bring together meteorological and hydrological agencies, disaster risk managers, and end-users across all sectors to deliver actionable, timely, and usable climate and weather information to support decision making.

Cyclone Idai: Building climate and disaster resilience in Mozambique and beyond

Cyclone Idai: Building climate and disaster resilience in Mozambique and beyond

The World Bank is supporting disaster risk management activities in Mozambique to strengthen the government’s capacity to respond quickly to – and mitigate the impacts of – future climate hazards.

#BuildBetterBefore to save lives and strengthen economies

#BuildBetterBefore to save lives and strengthen economies

This means working with communities to repair, strengthen, and improve the homes of the poor to make them resilient enough to survive disasters. The Global Program for Resilient Housing is helping governments retrofit and strengthen homes before the next disaster strikes.

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

On Friday, FEMA publicly acknowledged a Homeland Security Department Office of the Inspector General report that the emergency response agency wrongly shared personal data from 2.3 million disaster survivors with a temporary-housing-related contractor.

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle Disasters caused by natural hazards push the near poor to below the poverty line and contribute to more persistent and severe poverty, creating poverty traps.

The gender gap in the disaster risk management sector: why it matters

The gender gap in the disaster risk management sector: why it matters

In partnership with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the World Bank Group has been bolstering its efforts to ensure that disaster risk management activities reach, protect and empower women and girls.

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

Such solutions include widening of natural flood plains, protecting and expanding wetlands, restoring oyster and coral reefs and investing in urban green spaces that reduce run-off.

Post-Apocalyptic Insurers Try Out a New 'Make it Rain' Strategy

Post-Apocalyptic Insurers Try Out a New 'Make it Rain' Strategy

“If you have good enough data and good enough sensing technologies, such as the seismometer network in California or the hurricane-hardened WeatherFlow anemometer stations on the East Coast, you can get that data and very quickly work out whether someone should be getting paid,” says Samuel Jay Gibson, of the Capital and Resilience Solutions Group at the catastrophe risk modeling firm RMS.

Building a more resilient caribbean to natural disasters and climate change

Building a more resilient caribbean to natural disasters and climate change

They could design disaster-resilience strategies with support from international financial institutions (IFIs), multilateral development banks, donors, and climate funds, increase efforts to restore fiscal sustainability to create room for resilience-building, while incorporating upfront costs and long-term benefits of resilience investments in macro-fiscal frameworks.

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

As an institution that is committed to development, the World Bank has an enormous responsibility to help countries and communities act early, to build resilience to what we know they are going to be facing – more frequent and more dramatic climate disasters because of climate change.

Even Zoos Are Learning the Art of Doomsday Prepping

Even Zoos Are Learning the Art of Doomsday Prepping

The Los Angeles Zoo decided to evacuate its birds, along with some small primates, away from the smoke from a brush fire that ignited at Griffith Park, just a little more than a mile away.As climate change escalates the intensity and frequency of natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes, zoos are having to find new ways to keep their animals safe.

A Caribbean crystal ball: What can experience from Caribbean islands tell us about investing in climate resilience?

A Caribbean crystal ball: What can experience from Caribbean islands tell us about investing in climate resilience?

Today, climate change is intensifying pressure on communities and ecosystems all over the world, but the Caribbean countries are facing quite unique challenges.

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

This year, NIWA completed a project that aims to help build community resilience against flooding in the Bumbu River and contribute to improving Papua New Guinea’s disaster preparedness in the face of increasing climate-related disasters. NIWA and PNG staff installed a hydro-meteorological monitoring network and early warning system for floods, in a pilot scheme for the river.

Romania: good policies and institutions can limit the impact of natural disasters

Romania: good policies and institutions can limit the impact of natural disasters

Building resilience to climate change and natural disasters is a long journey that calls for good policies, effective coordination at different levels of government and across sectors, and mobilization of significant financial resources.To limit the consequences of natural disasters, countries around the world adopt policies to reduce private asset losses.

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies Governments at times do not have the knowledge they need to take advantage of the retrofitting option; nor are there policies and incentives in place to start making homes safer at scale.

Typhoon Mangkhut: How to Help

Typhoon Mangkhut: How to Help

The northernmost towns of Cagayan are believed to be badly hit and it is still difficult to access these areas as of the moment.”Catholic Relief Services, an international humanitarian organization, said it would provide shelter and distribute food, water and hygiene kits.GlobalGiving, a nonprofit that redistributes funds to vetted, locally focused groups, said the money it raised would pay for emergency supplies including food, water and medicine.The United Methodist Committee on Relief has three disaster management coordinators at the scene of the typhoon, said a committee spokesman, Dan Curran.Presbyterian Disaster Assistance noted that the typhoon would affect an area recently struck by Barijat, a cyclone.

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at Risk

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at Risk

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at RiskPoolThe President of the United States says he does not believe that Hurricane Maria and its aftermath killed 2,975 people—an estimate generated by researchers at George Washington University and accepted as the rough official death toll by the government of Puerto Rico.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut Heads Toward Philippines and China

Super Typhoon Mangkhut Heads Toward Philippines and China

HONG KONG — A super typhoon packing winds of up to 150 miles per hour is heading toward the Philippines, picking up speed over the Pacific on a route that also has Taiwan and the heavily populated southeastern coast of China in its sights.Super Typhoon Mangkhut is on track to hit the northern Philippines with its strongest winds on Friday before striking Taiwan and then possibly veering south toward Hong Kong and mainland China.As many as 43 million people could be exposed to cyclone-strength winds, according to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Three innovative approaches for managing disaster risks

Three innovative approaches for managing disaster risks

These methods to use innovation and new technologies in disaster risk management were recently featured at the 2018 Understanding Risk Forum, a five-day conference that showcases the latest developments in disaster risk assessment.

Rising seas will displace millions of people – and Australia must be ready

Rising seas will displace millions of people – and Australia must be ready

As well as causing seas to rise, climate change may also increase the severity of events like cyclones and rainfall, which may force people from their homes in many regions.

'Very worrying' Endless summers to strike UK and USA due to global warming warn scientists

'Very worrying' Endless summers to strike UK and USA due to global warming warn scientists

SUMMER weather patterns are increasingly set to get stuck in Europe, North America and parts of Asia in future after a new climate study revealed how Arctic warming is creating global heatwaves and torrential rainfall which can have a dangerous and devastating impact on human health.

Technology can help Afghanistan better manage its natural disasters

Technology can help Afghanistan better manage its natural disasters

Based on the hazard map, community members have now identified and proposed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures designed to mitigate the effects of specific natural hazards. Table 1: Combined community-proposed disaster risk mitigation measures in Guldara

Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Culture is important for the rebuilding in a post-disaster setting, to help the community recover. What’s the role of culture during post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction processes? While divided, the two communities are making joint efforts to safeguard and restore cultural heritage that matters to both.