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eReefs tool to assess health of the Great Barrier Reef

Measuring the impact on the Great Barrier Reef of industry and disasters such as the recent tropical cyclone Ita has been made easier by a new satellite-based tracking system.

Measuring the impact on the Great Barrier Reef of industry and disasters such as the recent tropical cyclone Ita has been made easier by a new satellite-based tracking system.

Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell, who received a briefing on the initiative along with his federal counterpart Greg Hunt, said eReefs would be a vital tool in determining environmental policy for the reef. “What it will bring is science-based decisions and, as a government, that’s what we need to be doing,” he said. “We will make decisions based on the science and not on the politics.” Mr Hunt said the freely available data would help hold governments to account. “There’s a great phrase that sunlight is the best disinfectant and I think, in this case, it’s doubly true. It is absolutely the best thing we can do,” he said…

 

Applying resilience thinking

Applying-resilience-thinking-newsWith the resilience concept omnipresent in sustainability research and policy-making, there is a risk of it turning into a buzzword void of substance and lost of meaning. The Stockholm Resilience Centre has previously produced the extremely popular publication called What is resilience? PDF (pdf, 2 MB) which gives the reader a general introduction to the thinking behind resilience and social-ecolocial systems. Now, a new popular science publication has been produced, this time explaining the principles needed to be considered when applying resilience thinking…

 

Resilience to disaster

How do we prepare ourselves for the impacts of weather-related disasters? What are our options and how do we decide which is the best approach to take? The panel will discuss the evidence that is being analysed in order to inform the important decisions regarding adaptation and risk reduction that are being made at global, national and local levels…

 

Mexico to cooperate on disasters

Mexico City today: the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere.

Mexico City today: the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere.

MEXICO CITY– Mexico and the Caribbean officially adopted a new natural disaster cooperation strategy on Sunday. Mexico’s Interior and Foreign Affairs secretariats announced yesterday that the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Natural Disasters, which was signed by all 25 members of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) including Mexico back in 1999, is finally being enforced. Foreign Affairs Secretary José Antonio Meade said in a statement that Colombia (the country where the agreement was signed), reported that on March 31 Grenada ratified the deal complying with the minimum number of ratifications for it to enter into force…

 

Costs, natural disasters keeping PHL energy industry a no-no for developers, insurers

Natural disasters and high cost of power have kept developers and insurance companies from entering the Philippine energy industry, in effect tempering economic growth, experts said Wednesday. Most developers and insurance companies are very specific when it comes to Philippine exposure to natural catastrophe, Jacob Abaño, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) senior vice president for specialty risk solutions, told reporters in a on the sidelines of the Philippine Power and Energy Risk Workshop in Makati City…

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