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How to make Karachi a ‘resilient city’

According to Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, USA, resilience could stand for different things across a variety of disciplines.

According to Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, USA, resilience could stand for different things across a variety of disciplines.

These days, there is much talk about building ‘urban resilience’, mostly within the context of climate change. Before we go about building resiliency, however, it is crucial to understand what the term means within the context of a city. There are many definitions of a resilient city. One feature, however, that seems to stand out is strength — making communities and cities stronger against destabilising forces that put their citizens and structures at risk…


Evaluating Flood Resilience Strategies for Coastal Megacities

Recent flood disasters in the United States (2005, 2008, 2012); the Philippines (2012, 2013); and Britain (2014) illustrate how vulnerable coastal cities are to storm surge flooding (1). Floods caused the largest portion of insured losses among all catastrophes around the world in 2013 (2). Population density in flood-prone coastal zones and megacities is expected to grow by 25% by 2050; projected climate change and sea level rise may further increase the frequency and/or severity of large-scale floods (3–7)…


True love creates resilience, turning off fear and pain in the brain

New research led by Dr. Sue Johnson of the University of Ottawa’s School of Psychology confirms that those with a truly felt loving connection to their partner seem to be calmer, stronger and more resilient to stress and threat. In the first part of the study, which was recently published in PLOS ONE, couples learned how to reach for their lover and ask for what they need in a “Hold Me Tight” conversation. They learned the secrets of emotional responsiveness and connection. The second part of the study, summarized here, focused on how this also changed their brain. It compared the activation of the female partner’s brain when a signal was given that an electric shock was pending before and after the “Hold Me Tight” conversation…


3 ways hospitals can prepare for natural disasters

In the aftermath of deadly tornados that tore across the South this week, hospitals must prepare for high-impact weather events to remain intact and operational during severe natural disasters, according to a report from the American Meteorology Society (AMS) Policy Program. Healthcare facilities can manage risk through three approaches aimed at reducing vulnerabilities, according to the report, which was created to help hospitals understand the risks facilities face during a natural disaster, resolve vulnerabilities and prepare for the continuity of health services. These strategies include:…


People in Khulna worried about inadequate cyclone shelters

KHULNA, May 2 (UNB): People in highly natural disaster-prone Khulna are now passing worrying moments during the current stormy weather season as the number of shelter centres in the coastal district is less than required. The existing cyclone shelters are in dilapidated condition as well in the absence of proper maintenance for long. Many of these shelter centres are in so shabby state that they even appear to be risky for the people coming to take refuge here at the time of any natural calamity…

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