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‘Resilience’ picked as 2014 Tulip Time poster

Karin Nelson’s abstract acrylic painting of yellow tulips, “Resilience,” was picked as this year’s Tulip Time Festival poster winner. Tulip Time, along with the Holland Area Arts Council, surprised Nelson with the announcement Thursday night during the First Bloom: Tulip Time Preview reception at The Commons at Evergreen…




Munich Re Hikes Dividend As Disaster Claims Drop

Nobody likes disasters, least of all the insurance industry. For reinsurers, in the business of insuring the insurers, the fear of catastrophes, natural or otherwise, is critical because it makes their customers look to their own protection against possibly massive payouts to policyholders. Munich Re AG, the world’s biggest reinsurer by premium income, signaled Tuesday that the industry is at a uncomfortable inflection point, benefiting from fewer-than-anticipated disaster-related claims in the past only to face downward…


Lower-caste people get less aid when disaster strikes – report

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Discrimination faced by lower-caste communities has not only left millions of people across the world more vulnerable to disasters, but has also resulted in many receiving less aid when a natural calamity strikes, according to a report launched on Tuesday. The “Equality in Aid” report by the International Dalit Solidarity Network said around 260 million people in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nigeria, Senegal, Yemen and Japan face caste-based prejudice and human rights violations in their everyday lives…


Climate change scientist stresses the need to plan for extreme weather

Putting preventative measures in place to deal with flooding is cheaper than dealing in a reactive way to the extreme weather that is going to become more frequent over the coming years, according to an Irish climate change scientist.

Dr Conor Murphy, a director of the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units at NUI Maynooth, said that while the Office of Public Works was “very engaged” with the issue of climate change, it was not receiving sufficient attention at Government and local authority level…


Building Greater Resilience Crucial in Achieving Sustainable Growth for Asia

Long-term solutions, collaboration, and planning for resilience amid population growth, scarce resources, and climate-related disasters like Supertyphoon Haiyan are key to achieving sustainable development and growth in Asia, said environment, urban planning, and energy experts who gathered Thursday in the Philippines.  (See related, “Q&A With Philippines Climate Envoy Who’s Fasting After Super Typhoon Haiyan.”)…


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