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The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University is launching a study to determine how cultures may have adapted to unpredictable natural hazards in the past...

The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University is launching a study to determine how cultures may have adapted to unpredictable natural hazards in the past…

Study to explore how natural disasters transform cultures (Yale University)

In the future, climate scientists predict, not only will global warming accelerate, but there will be greater impacts from extreme events like droughts and floods — which in turn could lead to serious social consequences, such famine, displacement, and increased violence…

 

Worst Natural Disasters That Shook India

Three centuries prior to independence, Indian rupee was equal to $32. Since then on India witnessed rapid changes owing to political and economic transitions. Yet, Mother Nature does not give up daunting the already broken nation. Indian has been a victim of various natural calamities since ages now. These ‘acts of God’ are devastating and the after effects last beyond decades. In a country as large as India, it is indeed difficult to rehabilitate thousands who are left abandoned. Decade after decade India has been hit hard by unexpected calamities for which we can say India is not ready for…

 

Poor more prepared for natural disasters than rich

Photo: Tom Fox, AP

Photo: Tom Fox, AP

Residents in the poorest areas of the USA are the most prepared for natural disasters, and for good reason — those regions are at the greatest risk of extreme weather events. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, those living in poverty tend to be clustered in certain regions. The greatest percentage reside in rural regions of the Southern USA. It’s those Southerners who, according to insurance company Travelers, are most prepared when it comes to dealing with disastrous weather…

 

Neighbours key to wellbeing – study

ESSENTIAL SUPPORT: Neighbours and friends help clear liquefaction at the Parklands home of Duncan Turner after the December 23, 2011 earthquake.

ESSENTIAL SUPPORT: Neighbours and friends help clear liquefaction at the Parklands home of Duncan Turner after the December 23, 2011 earthquake.

Canterbury’s earthquakes have highlighted how important a person’s environment and neighbours can be for their resilience after a disaster, new research suggests. The two-year project led by Environmental Science and Research (ESR) included interviews with people in Beckhanham, Sydenham and Rapaki to investigate how the earthquakes had affected the way they interacted with others. Project leader Ann Winstanley said the results showed just how important a person’s neighbourhood was for their wellbeing, resilience and social interactions…

 

Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Opportunities in Japan

Photograph by Trey Ratcliff/Flickr

Photograph by Trey Ratcliff/Flickr

Thought leaders from across Japan’s energy sector gathered in Tokyo last week to discuss the role energy will play in adapting the country’s cities to a challenging environment of aging and declining population and increasing dependence on foreign sources for food and fuel. Tokyo-Yokohama, the world’s largest urban concentration, is already in many ways in the vanguard of the future of urban centers. What happens in this mega city is being watched closely across the planet for ideas to emulate or avoid…

 

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