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  • Disasters in Europe: more frequent and causing more damage

    The number and impacts of disasters have increased in Europe in the period 1998-2009, a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) concludes. The report assesses the frequency of disasters and their impacts on humans, the economy and ecosystems and calls for better integrated risk disaster management across Europe. The Agency's new report ' ...

  • UN examines how to use technology to minimize disaster damage in Asia-Pacific

    Better utilizing information and communication technology (ICT) to prepare for and deal with catastrophic natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region is the focus of a United Nations meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, this week. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and last year’s Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar have caused massive human and economic losses, partly due to inadequate national warning and response ...


    By United Nations

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

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  • 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

  • Science in 2011: revolutions and disasters

    Science and technology can seem remote from the unfolding dramas of the world but they were never far from the front line in the first months of the Arab Spring. When revolution broke out in Egypt's Tahrir Square in January, scientists were there in force, helping to plant the seeds of change. When dictatorship was replaced by a move towards a more democratic system of government that openly ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Natural Disasters – Calamity is Not Inevitable

    A ground-breaking alliance between the United Nations and insurance companies from across the globe today launched a drive to tackle natural disaster risk by identifying the most effective measures to combat disasters and helping communities implement them. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative brings together insurers from around ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Electric Vehicles Provide Emergency Power to Reduce Damages From Hurricanes and Other Disasters

    Can electric vehicles play a key role in reducing damages from super storms like Hurricane Sandy? In the wake of the worst hurricane to hit the New York area in decades, VIA Motors, the world's first manufacturer of extended range electric pick up trucks, announced today that its new electric trucks are equipped with a Power Export option that can provide enough electricity to power a home in an ...


    By Marketwire

  • Hurricane Environmental Damage `Almost Unimaginable`

    Untitled Document BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, September 7, 2005 (ENS) - Hurricane Katrina has left Louisiana with environmental wreckage that is ",almost unimaginable,", the head of the state Department of ...

  • Forensic disaster investigations get underway

    One of the first countries to test a new approach to analysing natural disasters reported its initial findings at a major conference on disaster risk reduction in China last week (31 October–2 November). Japan used the Forensic Investigations of Disaster (FORIN) methodology, developed by the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Afghanistan tops disaster risk league

    Afghanistan, Chad, Eritrea, Niger and Sierra Leone are the top five most vulnerable countries to natural disasters, according to a new global disaster risk index launched by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). The World Risk Index aims to help donors and aid ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Inline Distributing Company Sends Disaster Response Units To Support Hurricane Sandy Clean Up Efforts

    Inline Distributing Company -- http://www.inlineco.com/ -- deployed their recently unveiled 53 foot Disaster Response Units in response to the damage from Hurricane Sandy. The Disaster Recovery Units serve as fully mobile warehouses, stocked with satellite phones, computer systems, on-board generators and interior/exterior ...


    By Inline Distributing Company

  • Flooding and damage from 2008 Myanmar cyclone assessed

    Tropical cyclone Nargis made landfall in the Asian nation of Myanmar on May 2, 2008, causing the worst natural disaster in the country's recorded history – with a death toll that may have exceeded 138,000. In the July 2009 issue of the journal Nature Geoscience, researchers report on a field survey done three months after the disaster to document the extent of the flooding and resulting damage. ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Mangroves reduce coastal damage from tropical storms

    Mangroves can help protect coastal communities by reducing the height and power of waves generated by storms, and by reducing coastal flooding during tropical cyclones, ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Nevada stormwater flood declared an official disaster

    President Bush has approved Nevada's request for a major disaster declaration for Lyon County. This declaration provides federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms and flooding. The storms caused a rupture in a levee near the California border that sent water gushing into the town of Fernley. The flood cut off as many as 400 homes and ...

  • Offering safety and health assistance to tornado damaged communities

    U.S. Department of Labor's Blog, (Work in Progress), features a post by Barry Salerno, assistant area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Peoria office, providing information about the role of OSHA in disaster ...

  • Texas Seeks Disaster Assistance After Flooding Rains

    AUSTIN, Texas – Governor Rick Perry today requested that President George W. Bush declare major disaster areas for Bosque, Cooke, Coryell, Denton, Grayson, Lampasas, and Tarrant counties due to severe storms, flooding and tornado damage in North Texas that occurred from June 16 through June 18, 2007. The governor has asked for an expedited declaration. On Tuesday, the governor issued a state ...

  • 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 ...

  • Preparedness Key to Avoiding Worst Consequences of Disasters

    With industrialization progressing rapidly and climate change making extreme weather the new normal, more and more communities are threatened by potentially crippling disasters. A handbook launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) helps countries minimize the health, environmental and economic costs of disasters through building preparedness and community awareness of the ...

  • More science needed for tackling disasters, says report

    Science and technology will be essential for anticipating and responding to disasters, according to a review of the humanitarian practices of one of the world's leading national aid agencies, the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Natural disasters are killing more people each year, with ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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

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