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Drivers and a truck are stranded in flood waters November 22, 2014 2014 in the southern region of Ouarzazate in Morocco. (AFP)

Drivers and a truck are stranded in flood waters November 22, 2014 2014 in the southern region of Ouarzazate in Morocco. (AFP)

Morocco flash floods kill at least 32

The death toll from three days of what residents described as the heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades has climbed to at least 32, authorities said on Monday. The storms since Saturday caused flash floods in much of the south at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, but a weather alert was finally called off on Monday afternoon. The interior ministry gave an updated toll of at least 32 dead and six missing…

 

Japan’s recovery from Fukushima shows resilience

The bullet trains run on time, the Tokyo Skytree is brightly lit and the sushi is impeccably fresh. Perhaps no other country could have coped as Japan has with losing 30 per cent of its power generation at a single stroke when the Fukushima accident forced the shutdown of its nuclear reactors. The crisis and its aftermath reiterated the energy vulnerability of Japan and its East and South-east Asian neighbours, such as South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. With minimal fossil fuel resources of their own, they rely on oil imports, mostly from the Middle East, and gas and coal from a wider variety of suppliers…

 

Green Cross Australia: Disaster resilience: preparedness and recovery, Townsville Cyclone Hypothetical (VIDEO)

To prepare for Townsville’s next major cyclone, Green Cross Australia worked with Townsville City Council and ABC Radio National’s ‘Big Ideas’ program to produce a hypothetical scenario planning exercise. The Townsville Hypothetical explores relationships between civic leadership, business and community self-reliance, and how media and social media pressures influence preparedness, response and recovery. This event was funded by the ‘Get Ready Queensland’ program…

 

Artists, designers rally to raise awareness on disaster preparedness

SCALE model of Nagasaki and Odonahoma district in Japan before the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995 JOHN ERNEST F. JOSE

SCALE model of Nagasaki and Odonahoma district in Japan before the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995 JOHN ERNEST F. JOSE

Art as a tool for disaster preparedness is the main idea behind Earth Manual Project, a Japan-sponsored travelling exhibit showing the creative outputs of artists from different countries in response to floods, earthquakes and typhoons. Hirokazu Nagata, chair of the project, said the tagline of the exhibit was “A country of frequent natural disasters can also be a country of high disaster preparedness.” “I had seen various exhibits that tackle disaster preparedness from different countries and they had innovative ideas, and we decided that these ideas be collated and be shared internationally,” Nagata said…

 

Resilient energy systems: how will the UK adapt?

Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in 2012, having wreaked havoc in the Caribbean; the storm left 6 million people without electricity and claimed several lives Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP

Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in 2012, having wreaked havoc in the Caribbean; the storm left 6 million people without electricity and claimed several lives Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP

Hurricanes and floods will become commonplace unless carbon emissions are cut right back, but will a clean energy supply system be reliable and robust enough to weather the storm? Earlier this month, the UN released a report that said climate change was set to cause “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on the natural world unless carbon emissions were cut sharply. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon added his voice to the warnings by urging financial markets to stop investing in fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, and focus on renewables…

 

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