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Global cities boom raises threat of natural disasters

As more people move to cities, the world’s susceptibility to natural disasters is increasing, warns a new report from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. The gravitation of populations towards urban areas means less and less people are able to deal with extreme weather events, such as earthquakes, storms and floods. Across the developing world, approximately 180,000 people move into urban landscapes every day, which are typically less resilient to natural disasters. The report adds that 18% of these areas consist of ‘slums’, where populations are less capable of resisting and adapting to the impacts of extreme events, while three quarters of the world’s largest cities are on coastlines…

 

Quakes, wind have farmer sick of natural disasters

Peter Chamberlain faces more tree clearing after Monday’s gale force winds, but nothing like the damage to his Norwood farm last month. The property was at the centre of some of the strongest gusts during the September northwesterly winds that blew over 2000 to 3000 trees on top of the hundreds of trees downed during strong July winds. About 80 per cent of seven kilometres of shelter belts running across the wind were toppled last month with some treelines completely bowled over, while chunks were removed from woodlots and other lines…

 

African Teenage Girls Bear Burden Of Disasters: Report

Young women across Africa have borne the brunt of human induced and natural disasters including wars, droughts, floods and epidemics, said Plan International report launched in Nairobi on Friday. The 2013 African Report on Adolescent girls and disasters was launched during the International Day of the Girl Child Cerebration…

 

Closing the Digital Divide Saves Lives

When a hurricane causes $68 billion worth of damage and hits they country’s media capital, it leaves a lasting impression. So you can be forgiven for being skeptical at first when you hear that—in spite of Sandy—2012 was actually a relatively quiet year for natural disasters. Obviously, natural disasters still happened and still had tragic consequences, and I don’t want to marginalize anyone who lost their homes, loved ones or anything else. But taking a wide, statistical look, natural disasters had a high cost in terms of money— $157.5 billion—but low cost by other metrics. And a report released this week looks at how technology is helping to change disaster relief for the better…

 

Why Rebuilding After Disasters Is Largely a Legal Challenge

When we think about designing places to be more resilient, we tend to think of gritty interventions in the physical environment. But a successful resilience-focused project must also contend with another kind of environment: the legal one. After a major natural disaster, the redevelopment process opens up what might seem like intractable legal issues, including property buy-outs, beach access, insurance policy, and cross-jurisdictional governance. As the Sandy-affected region rebuilds to better confront future storms, planners and designers need to develop systems for addressing legal infrastructure as much as the physical environment. Without doing this, designs risk lingering on computer screens and drawing boards without implementation

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