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UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

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The bricks have two compartments – one that holds rice and another that holds water. Once these vitals have been consumed, the bricks are then filled up with soil and sand to give them weight and stacked just like lego bricks into temporary shelters that gives disaster victims relief from the elements. In the meantime, all of the packaging that might have been used to provide clean drinking water and food are spared, as well as the headache of sourcing and distributing them. And the best part? When this area recovers, the bricks can be re-used somewhere else…

 

Bosnia Exhumes Wartime Corpses Washed Up By Floods

Bosnia’s Institute for Missing Persons said on Monday that an exhumation would be launched in the northern Usora municipality, just south of Doboj, where human bones came to the surface after the floods that devastated the region last month. The remains of one victim have already been found at Bare near Doboj, and more are expected to be discovered in Usora, where the exhumation will begin on Tuesday. “We suspect those are victims from Jablanica near Maglaj,” said Lejla Cengic of the Institute for Missing Persons. She said that a total of 16 people were killed in Jablanica during the war and that 12 of them were still missing…

 

Floods to drive Serbia into recession: economists

(Reuters) – The worst flooding to hit the Balkans in living memory looks likely to push Serbia into recession this year, two leading Serbian economists warned on Tuesday. Miladin Kovacevic, deputy director of Serbia’s Statistics Office, told Reuters his “educated guess” was for a contraction of about 1.5 percent due to the damage suffered by the agricultural and energy sectors in last month’s floods. Some 65 people died, mainly in Serbia and Bosnia, last month after the heaviest rainfall since records began more than a century ago caused rivers to burst their banks and triggered landslides…

 

‘Worse Than War’: Record-Breaking Balkans Flooding

‘Worse Than War’: Record-Breaking Balkans Flooding follows a string of severe rainfall events, reports Joanna Foster at Climate Progress, destroying 100,000 homes, displacing 500,000 people, and causing 1000s of landslides. The massive destruction of livestock and pets has turned into a public health threat. As the atmosphere warms, it holds more moisture, resulting in heavier rainfalls; unusually heavy rainfall has occurred recently in Afghanistan, the UK, Florida, the Solomon Islands and New Zealand. Expect even more as the weather continues to get more extreme under global warming, say scientists…

 

Australia: Autumn Record Heat Wave Follows Record-Breaking Hot Summer

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“The latest summer was another example of climate change tearing through the record books,” said Climate Council Head Tim Flannery. “It’s not just about one summer but an overall trend to more extreme weather. Things are getting bad and if we want to stop them getting worse this is the critical decade for action.” Action on global warming, that is. Globally, last month tied for the warmest April ever recorded. It was also the first month with CO2 levels above 400 ppm daily in at least 800,000 years. March, too, made records globally as the fourth-hottest on record…