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  • At what cost recovery - Estimating the cost of natural disasters

    When natural disasters, such as earthquakes, storms and hurricanes, are reported in the media, they are often accompanied by an assessment of the cost of the disaster. While such information can be useful to help governments and international organisations target aid and recovery efforts, the details of what is included in the assessment, and the methods used, are often ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The environmental impacts of natural disasters

    When natural disasters collide with human affairs there are often immediate losses of human life and widespread devastation to the built environment to contend with. But when these disasters strike the longer term environmental impacts can exact an additional and sometimes lasting toll on the health and wellbeing of the people affected. Two hundred million people were affected by ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • UN: $2.5 trillion in disaster losses since 2000

    Economic losses from disasters since 2000 are in the range of $2.5 trillion, a figure at least 50 percent higher than previous international estimates, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. The U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction warned in the 246-page report that economic losses from floods, earthquakes and drought will continue to escalate unless businesses take action to reduce ...


    By Associated Press

  • Africa Analysis: Disaster warning not just about science

    The East Africa famine calls into question the wisdom of investing in early warning systems without improving take-up, writes Linda Nordling. When the UN declared a state of famine in the Horn of Africa in July, one group of scientists was not surprised. In August 2010, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) had ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • UK exercise uses satellites to improve disaster mitigation

    Last week, a team of space experts led by British company DMCii participated in a national flooding exercise, "Exercise Watermark", to determine how satellite imagery, satellite communications and satellite navigation could be used to improve UK emergency response. The team represented an ongoing project funded via the UK's Technology Strategy Board (TSB) as part of its contribution to the ...

  • Environmental protection vital to reducing natural disaster impact

    Environmental degradation is a key factor turning extreme weather events into natural disasters, a new WWF report has found. Natural Security: Protected Areas and Hazard Mitigation, prepared with environmental research group Equilibrium, examines in detail the impacts of floods in Bangladesh (2000), Mozambique (2000 and 2001) and Europe (2006), heat waves and forest fires in Portugal (2003), an ...

  • Five lessons from the BP oil disaster

    It"s very easy to pile onto BP right now. The "accident," which may be due more to negligence, is bad enough. The company lost 11 employees - after losing 15 in a high-profile explosion at a refinery 5 years ago. The damage to the Gulf, its species, and the people who depend on it is almost incalculable. But surprisingly, it"s even easier to criticize BP"s behavior since the explosion - the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • World needs early warning of climate-linked disasters

    A senior French political leader, foreign minister Laurent Fabius, has told an international conference on how to reduce the risk from natural disasters that 70% of them are now linked to climate change, twice as many as twenty years ago. Mr. Fabius is the incoming president of this year’s round of negotiations by member states of the UN climate change convention, to take place in Paris in ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Asia–Pacific Analysis: Be proactive on disaster planning

    South-East Asia has suffered from neglecting planning for disasters. Governments must heed the warnings and act now, argues Crispin Maslog. In the closing months of 2011, flash floods caused by the wayward Pacific typhoon, Washi, swept some 1,500 people to their deaths overnight and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Are you ready for a Disaster - Plan ahead in case of Fire Flood Water Damage and Natural Disasters

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  • BP, feds offer dueling Gulf spill estimates

    Less than a month before a high-stakes trial resumes, BP and the federal government have offered conflicting estimates of how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of the company's Macondo well triggered a deadly explosion. In a court filing Thursday, BP urges U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to use an estimate of 2.45 million barrels, or nearly 103 million gallons, in ...


    By Associated Press

  • BP trial to focus on scientists` spill estimates

    A federal judge was set to begin hearing three weeks of testimony Monday about how much oil made it into the ocean during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Experts for BP and the federal government will provide U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with very different estimates when the second phase of a trial resumes for litigation spawned by ...


    By Associated Press

  • Radioactive particles from Chernobyl disaster may be re-released by wildfires

    Fires in forests contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear accident could lead to areas of Europe and Russia being exposed to further radioactive fallout, new research has found. The study examined the spread of the fallout and the health effects on people and animals under three different scenarios: 10, 50 and 100% of the forests being burnt. The forests and fields around the site of the Chernobyl ...

  • Climate change brings natural disasters and disease, says WHO

    We must prepare for climate change bringing more natural disasters that favour mosquito-borne disease, says Jai P. Narain from the WHO. Climate change has set in, with global temperatures projected to rise up to 4 degrees Celsius by 2100. Tropical cyclones will likely become more frequent and more intense, rainfall will increase and sea level may rise by up to nearly a metre as tropical sea ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • European Commission climate plans could spell disaster for wetlands

    The European Commission’s proposal for a climate and energy package for the period between 2020 and 2030 may throw the door wide open to imports of dirty fuels from tar sands and endanger sustainability criteria for biofuels. Among the proposals put forward by the ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Golder Associates Takes the Lead to Establish NGO for Disaster Waste

    Golder Associates, a leading global ground engineering and environmental services group of companies, has announced that it is taking the lead in establishing a new NGO (non governmental organisation) which will address the issue of waste when disaster strikes. As part of this announcement, Golder is calling upon individuals and businesses within waste management, water sanitation, ...


    By Golder Associates

  • Deepwater Horizon disaster could have billion dollar impact

    Ottawa, Ontario -The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 will have a large economic impact on the U.S. Gulf fisheries. A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (CJFAS) says that over 7 years this oil spill could have a ...

  • UN seeks to restore Haiti’s weather services to prevent further disasters

    With the rainy season and its flood risks due in April and hurricanes shortly after, Haiti urgently needs operational meteorological services to forestall further disasters after last month’s devastating earthquake, the United Nations weather agency reported today. “In order to prevent potential disasters related to the natural hazards, which the country is prone to, the capacity of Haiti to ...


    By United Nations

  • Commission focuses on disaster prevention and reduction of risks at home and abroad

    The European Commission has adopted two Communications related to disasters: a Community approach to reducing the impact of natural and man-made disasters within the EU, and a strategy for supporting disaster risk reduction in developing countries. The Communications, adopted as a package, represent a first attempt to establish a more strategic approach. Proposed action at Community level focuses ...

  • Losses from Natural Disasters Reach New Peak in 2011

    During 2011, 820 natural catastrophes were documented around the world, resulting in 27,000 deaths and $380 billion in economic losses, according to data compiled by Munich Reinsurance Company and analyzed in the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs series. The number of natural catastrophes was down 15 percent from 2010 but was above the annual average of 790 events between 2001 and 2010, ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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