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Italian floods

Italy swamped by flash floods

The region’s agricultural association (CIA) said that the deluge had destroyed many orchards and vineyards while livestock such as lambs were drowned. They complained that poor land management had contributed to the disaster. The sector has already been hit hard by the Russian embargo on EU foodstuffs and low prices. Bad weather has already cost farmers around one billion euros this year. Up to 110 mm of rain is forecast for the capital, triggering school closures. Red alerts were also issued for regions stretching from Veneto to Umbria as well as Lazio and Sicily…

 

The Global Resilience Challenge: How would you build resilience?

The reality of increased natural disasters, greater stresses on development spending and a rapidly growing population calls for new solutions. In response to this growing need, The Global Resilience Partnership, currently spearheaded by The Rockefeller Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, has committed $150 million to help millions of vulnerable people in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia better adapt to shocks and chronic stresses and invest in a more secure future…

 

President Obama declares Hawaiian lava flow to be major disaster

Hawaii volcano (U.S. Geological Survey) A lava flow from the Kilauea volcano approaches the village of Pahoa, Hawaii.

Hawaii volcano
(U.S. Geological Survey)
A lava flow from the Kilauea volcano approaches the village of Pahoa, Hawaii.

President Barack Obama on Monday declared a slow-moving lava flow from the Pu’u O’o vent of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii to be a major disaster, the White House said. The declaration frees up federal money to help protect local communities from the lava flow, which began moving toward homes on the big island of Hawaii on June 27 and is threatening Pahoa village. The leading edge of the flow has paused about 185 yards from Pahoa Village Road, the main thoroughfare through the town of about 800 residents at the site of an old sugar plantation…

 

Importance of local resilience

A WEEK before the first anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda, the news headlines read: Aquino approves P167.9B Yolanda rehab plan. Cool. We just wonder how many people have already gone bonkers from despair, waiting and waiting, for one year. This headline brings to mind the recent news about Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas scolding Bohol mayors for being unprepared to implement rehabilitation projects despite the availability of funds, but who instead got a chiding from another Bohol Mayor, Maribojoc Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr., former Davao City official and trusted partner of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, who came to the defense of the mayors of Clarin and Sagbayan and pointed out to Roxas that it was his department in fact that blocked the mayors from implementing the needed programs simply because the DILG did not immediately release the guidelines for a program called Bohol Earthquake Assistance (BEA)…

 

Higher temperatures lead to ‘substantially more violence’

...the link between hot temperatures and human aggression could make for more crime and civil conflict...

…the link between hot temperatures and human aggression could make for more crime and civil conflict…

As climate change takes hold, the link between hot temperatures and human aggression could make for more crime and civil conflict. But we still need to understand why, says Stanford researcher Marshall Burke. Marshall Burke: The main explanation coming from economics has to do with what happens in a really bad year – a year where there is a drought or it’s really hot. What we know about the economics is that in a bad year, agricultural productivity declines…

 

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