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A three-story unit block in Toowong, an inner suburb of Brisbane, completely lost its roof and had windows shattered by the storm on Thursday. Photograph: Malena Salinas

A three-story unit block in Toowong, an inner suburb of Brisbane, completely lost its roof and had windows shattered by the storm on Thursday. Photograph: Malena Salinas

Brisbane stunned by severe storm: ‘no time to evacuate, no warning’

The worst hail storm to hit Brisbane in a generation has been declared a catastrophe by insurers and prompted the Queensland government to call in the military to help clean up the damage. Residents left counting the costs had already begun work in darkness overnight. The half-hour squall on Thursday afternoon – dumping up to 70mm of rain and hail as big as tennis balls – punched holes in glass skyscrapers, lifted apartment block roofs and shattered windows in thousands of properties and cars across the city. The Queensland premier, Campbell Newman, told ABC radio the storm was “probably the worst to hit city as a whole since 1985”…

 

Two Years After Sandy, the Conversation Around Energy Resiliency Still Going Strong

A Portion of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, New Jersey is underwater Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, a day after Hurricane Sandy blew across the New Jersey barrier islands. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Clem Murray)  PHIX OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NEWARK OUT

A Portion of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, New Jersey is underwater Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, a day after Hurricane Sandy blew across the New Jersey barrier islands. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Clem Murray) PHIX OUT; TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NEWARK OUT

Last week, EDF co-hosted a successful first-of-its-kind Resilience Finance Symposium in New Jersey, attended by about 120 participants from a wide spectrum of public and private entities in the state, region, and country. Held on November 12 with Governor Christie’s Administration and the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture + Design, the all-day Resilience Finance Symposium: Building Resilient and Sustainable Energy…

 

Lessons learned in relocation of Mount Sinabung survivors

The intense activity of Mount Sinabung has been ongoing for the past year. The first eruption was on Sept. 15, 2013, and they have continued until this month, displacing some 26,000 residents. The incident that killed 14 people early this year near the volcano has led to calls for a permanent relocation of villagers. On Oct. 29 President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s visit sped up the decision-making process over the allocation of relocation space. This is indeed an important step for the residents and other stakeholders around Sinabung…

 

Botswana: Stakeholders On High Alert As Rain Season Continues

BotswanaAccording to the seasonal forecast from Meteorological Services, the country is expected to receive good rains during November and December this year. Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Phillip Makgalemele told Parliament that in light of this, there was likelihood of flooding and or storms occurring in certain areas. He said the ministry, together with the local authorities and relevant stakeholders, were on high alert to respond to any disaster that might occur. Mr Makgalemele said in preparation for such disasters, some initiatives had been put in place as preparedness measures…

 

Buffalo blizzard no problem for ‘telecommuter nation’

The New York State Thruway at the height of last week's blizzard (Photo credit: Courtesy NYSTA)

The New York State Thruway at the height of last week’s blizzard (Photo credit: Courtesy NYSTA)

Israeli companies that have opened offices in western New York are used to inclement weather – but last week’s snow fest was more than they, or anyone else in the region, banked on for mid-November. Nevertheless, at least one Israeli firm with offices in hard-hit Buffalo soldiered on – thanks to the miracle of telecommuting…

 

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