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Emergence of ‘resilience-building’ as key to reduce hunger

On 14 October, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), along with Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe, published a report supporting that resilience efforts be made to increase worldwide food security. The report notes that although world hunger is decreasing, it remains a serious issue, and that the common practice of contributing temporary aid to hungry developing states is not enough to lift a society out of hunger. This index, championed by two Members of the European Parliament (MEPs),..


Editorial: Resilience

EARTHQUAKES like the one that hit at 8:12 a.m. yesterday remind us of all the things beyond our control. One woman gave birth in a taxi and another did the same outside a government hospital, their birth plans swiftly tossed out as aftershocks forced hospital managers to evacuate patients. Five persons showed up for their duties in the Pasil fish market, expecting another day of routine, not knowing it would be their last. And a four-year-old child tagged along with her parents to the distribution of government handouts in Toledo City, only to be crushed in a stampede the quake caused. It was the third quake felt in Cebu in the last 20 months. We’re certain it won’t be the last—yet another eventuality we cannot control…


Tech to prevent call drops even in crisis

TORONTO: Researchers, including one of Indian-origin , have developed a new technique that prevents cellular networks going down during natural disasters. A University of British Columbia graduate student along with her research supervisors has found a way to opportunistically use television and radio channels to transmit cellular signals when systems are pushed beyond capacity. When a natural disaster strikes and too many people take to their mobile phones at once, cellular networks easily overload…


Disaster Recovery in the Cloud: Survey

Taneja Group, along with InfoStor and Enterprise Storage Forum, is conducting a brief survey to better understand organizations’ experiences with Disaster Recovery (DR) in the Cloud. Cloud computing has quickly become mainstream as companies of all sizes are drawn to its operational and cost advantages. Yet the question remains: are firms taking advantage of all the cloud has to offer? In the light of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, Disaster Recovery (DR) in the Cloud has come to the forefront for many companies. Cloud-based DR enables automatic recovery with faster restoration, minimal data loss and decreased downtime. Options vary, and it’s not a one-size fits all solution, yet there are plenty of great resources for firms interested in DR in the Cloud…


Number of natural disasters has doubled over past 20 years

“Number of natural disasters has doubled over the past 20 years,” the Ambassador of Germany to Kyrgyzstan Gudrun Maria Sräga said today at ministerial conference, called “Regional cooperation in disaster risk reduction in Central Asia.” According to the Ambassador, number of victims for this period reached 840,000 people. Many countries have faced natural disasters when they were not ready for it. Therefore, this sphere requires large investments. Natural disasters rarely stop in front of the border of another country. Therefore, measures should be implemented on both sides of the border to reduce the level of the crisis in the region. “The Federal Government of Germany has decided to actively work in the field of disaster risk reduction in Central Asia,” the Ambassador said…


Making cities more resilient in the face of natural disasters

Short-sighted design is at the root of much of the destruction caused by environmental crises, whether it is flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis or other natural disasters. Buildings and critical infrastructure fail because they were not originally designed to withstand today’s intensified force of Mother Nature. However, technology can provide governments and engineers with essential feedback, offering a better way to predict behaviour of the built environment – or soon to be built environment – during a crisis. In effect, advanced technology provides a proactive method to more effectively create disaster-resistant communities. Let’s look at floods and how technology can help reduce the damage they cause. The OECD’s “Ranking of the world’s cities most exposed to coastal flooding today and in the future” lists the Top 20 cities…


Swiss Re: New Yorkers Fear Another ‘Sandy’ Within 20 Years

More than half of New Yorkers expect the Big Apple to be bruised by another Sandy-sized storm within the next two decades, shows a Swiss Re survey. Natural disasters cost the global economy $160 billion last year, according to Swiss Re. Superstorm Sandy caused more than $28 billion in insured losses when it struck the Northeast U.S. in late October 2012. Sixty-five percent of New Yorkers sustained some degree of damage during the “perfect storm” of October 2012, which was the region’s deadliest in 40 years and the second-costliest in U.S. history…


World won’t end poverty without tackling disasters – report

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Governments must step up efforts to protect the poor from natural disasters if they are to have any real chance of ending extreme poverty, a report said on Wednesday. New research from the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI) found that, in 2030, up to 325 million extremely poor people will be living in the 49 countries most exposed to climate extremes and natural hazards – including floods, droughts, storms and earthquakes. Most of them will be in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.  A high-level panel appointed by the U.N. Secretary General proposed earlier this year that the next set of global development goals – which are due to run from 2016 to 2030 and are now under discussion – should aim to eradicate extreme poverty…

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