environmental disaster News

  • 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

  • Environmental Degradation Increases the Risk of Disasters Worldwide

    Environmental degradation is a significant factor that reduces the capacity of societies to deal with disaster risk in many countries around the world. This is the key message of the World Risk Report 2012, presented today in Brussels, Belgium by the German Alliance for Development Works (Alliance), United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and The Nature ...


    By The Nature Conservancy

  • 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 ...

  • Environmental Degradation Increases the Risk of Disasters Worldwide

    Environmental degradation is a significant factor that reduces the capacity of societies to deal with disaster risk in many countries around the world. This is the key message of the World Risk Report 2012, presented today in Brussels, Belgium by the German Alliance for Development Works (Alliance), United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and The Nature ...


    By The Nature Conservancy

  • 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

  • New disaster management pump system

    Wastecorp Pumps has launched the new MS-HW-Recovery, a new pump out plus freshwater distribution system as disasters such as oil spills, floods, hurricanes and overflowing sewers can occur at any time. Government disaster management agencies and contractors can now contain waste water, slurry and oil and provide wash-down services with a single unit. The end user can select a waste-holding tank ...

  • Emergency water supply after disasters

    A portable gravity-driven microfiltration unit which produces drinkable water in an emergency has been developed at the University of Kassel, Germany. An article in Water Science & Technology: Water Supply describes how the unit can provide water for 200–500 people for a period of over many months without any maintenance. Serious natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes ...

  • Bordering on disaster - US and Mexico fight to green their borders

    According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 14 metropolitan areas along the US-Mexico border suffer from 'abysmal air and water quality' as well as a host of other unacceptable environmental hazards. Last week, governors from Mexican and American states along the border were hosted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss these and other environmental issues of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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

  • Report calls for using ecosystems in disaster prevention

    More research is needed to understand how ecosystems can help reduce disaster risks around the world, according to a report launched in Brussels, Belgium, today. The World Risk Report 2012 says that human development activities have "massively raised the hazard potential". It cites the destruction ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Getting the facts straight about weather related disasters

    "It is misleading, and just plain incorrect, to claim that disasters associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or droughts have increased on climate timescales either in the United States or globally. It is further incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with the emission of greenhouse gases." Those bold statements are not the remarks of a climate skeptic. Rather, they are ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • US$390m available for natural disaster recovery assistance

    Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced US$390 million is available through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program for landowners and communities to cope with the aftermath of recent floods, fires, drought, tornadoes and other natural disasters. 'USDA employees work shoulder to shoulder with their neighbors at the outset of these emergencies, and remain involved as a member ...

  • Climate and Disaster Resilience key to Sustainable Development

    Climate and disaster resilience building is critical in eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development, according to United Nations special envoy Ms. Amina J. Mohammed. In a special video address to the World Meteorological Congress, she welcomed the contribution of WMO and National and Meteorological and Hydrological Services in building a solid post-2015 agenda. “Fostering ...

  • Ecosystem solutions to cope with Philippine flood disasters

    By Pieter van Eijk Enormous logs float by while we navigate the Agusan river on Mindanao, the second largest island of the Philippines. A silent testimony of decades of ravaging sawmills and chainsaws that denuded most of the archipelago's once virgin hill slopes. The noisy motor of our boat stirs up a deeply brown-coloured mixture of water and sediment. Two decades ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Natural disasters: update on EU civil protection activities

    Since the end of June, the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) has received a total of 8 requests for assistance from Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Bulgaria and, most recently the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - to help combat the forest fires raging across Southern Europe. These requests triggered an immediate response from the MIC. Assistance was made available through the ...

  • Legislature Strengthens CHP Disaster Preparedness Policy in Texas

     Extreme weather and other disasters are becoming more frequent and are the cause for rising concern. Texas Combined Heat & Power Initiative (TXCHPI) salutes Texas policy leaders for new legislation to assist disaster preparedness in Texas communities.  Combined Heat and Power, CHP, is an on-site power generation technology ...


    By Texas CHP Initiative

  • When disaster strikes, the first hours are crucial

    When disaster threatens, the first hours are crucial. European researchers have developed an automated system to provide early detection, forecasting, and warning of natural disasters such as floods and wildfires. Floods, forest fires, and other natural disasters take lives, harm the environment, and cause billions of euros of damage every year – €50 billion worldwide in 2007 alone. The EU-funded ...


    By ICT Results

  • 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 ...

  • 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

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