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 A car drives along Seaview road as waves crash over in Saltcoats, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

A car drives along Seaview road as waves crash over in Saltcoats, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

‘Weather bomb’ hits UK bringing travel chaos and disruption

Scotland and Ireland have been battered by gales today, with thousands left without power in the Highlands and Western Isles as winds reached nearly 150mph on some outlying islands. The “weather bomb” was caused by a deep low-pressure system moving between Iceland and Scotland. The effects of the storm are expected to continue overnight into Thursday and Friday, before conditions ease substantially at the weekend. Waves of up to 50ft were recorded along the west coast of Scotland, with Stornoway coastguards designating the tidal surges as “phenomenal”…

 

Could Natural Disasters Threaten Asia’s Economic Miracle?

A man crawls on top of his damaged house in Tacloban, central Philippines, on Dec. 7, 2014.Photo by Marlon Tano/AFP/Getty Images

A man crawls on top of his damaged house in Tacloban, central Philippines, on Dec. 7, 2014.Photo by Marlon Tano/AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from Typhoon Hagupit, which made landfall in the Philippines on Saturday night, has risen to 21. Hagupit hit as delegates from 190 countries are meeting in Lima to hammer out the elements of a global climate deal that is due to be agreed upon in Paris next year. And this isn’t the first time that a typhoon swept through the Philippines during a major climate change conference. In 2012, Typhoon Bopha hit the country at the same time as a major meeting in Doha. Last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon ever recorded, devastated the country as delegates were meeting for a U.N. climate change conference in Warsaw, galvanizing calls for wealthy countries to help the developing world cope with its effects, including more severe storms…

 

From Haiyan to Hagupit – what changed?

MANILA, 8 December 2014 (IRIN) – On the second full day of operations responding to what entered the Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit – since downgraded to a tropical storm – national officials say disaster coordination has improved since last year’s Super Typhoon Haiyan.   Tacloban, the city that bore the bulk of the estimated 6,000-plus fatalities 13 months ago, has reported no casualties thus far…

 

New law protects jobs of New York’s volunteer emergency responders during major disasters

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown survey storm clean-up in the south Buffalo area Nov. 23. Cuomo declared a state of emergency when the storm dumped more than six feet of snow on the area. (AP Photo | Mike Groll)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown survey storm clean-up in the south Buffalo area Nov. 23. Cuomo declared a state of emergency when the storm dumped more than six feet of snow on the area. (AP Photo | Mike Groll)

Syracuse, N.Y. — A new state law bars employers in New York from firing volunteer firefighters and members of volunteer ambulance squads for taking time off from their jobs to respond to major emergencies such as hurricanes and big snowstorms. The law, approved by the state Legislature this summer and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sept. 23, takes affect Dec. 22. It requires employers to grant a request from a volunteer firefighter or a member of a volunteer ambulance corps for leave to respond to declared states of emergency…

 

Bali Prepares Standby Supplies of Rice and Tents in the Event of Natural Disasters

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the head of Social Services for the Province of Bali, Nyoman Wenten, said on Friday, December 5, 2014, “In addition to setting aside rice stocks, we have also laid in a stock of tents and special teams to be deployed in the event of a natural disaster.” For emergency stocks of rice and other supplies to be released, a proposal or request must first be submitted by the Department of Social Services in the regency or metropolitan area needing assistance detailing the degree of need and the number of people at risk…

 

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