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Shigeru Ban Designs Temporary, Easy-to-Build Shelters for Disaster-Prone Areas

Inside, woven-bamboo siding allows light in and helps wick away water. Ban strengthened the paper-tube structural system he has used in previous disaster shelters, such as the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch.

Inside, woven-bamboo siding allows light in and helps wick away water. Ban strengthened the paper-tube structural system he has used in previous disaster shelters, such as the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch.

Following Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November 2013 and displaced three million people, architect Shigeru Ban—winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize—quickly devised a series of temporary shelters. Though similar in construction to temporary buildings Ban has implemented in disaster-stricken areas in Japan, Turkey, New Zealand, and India, the Philippines shelters were simplified with a paper-tube-and-partition system Ban developed for making barriers for shelters inside evacuation centers…

 

India moving towards holistic disaster mitigation plan: Minister

India has been moving towards a holistic disaster mitigation and management plan, Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai P. Chaudhary said Thursday, adding the country is able to minimise the loss of lives due to better weather forecasts. The minister said it was the primary duty of the state to save lives whenever a natural calamity strikes. “India is moving towards a holistic disaster mitigation and management action plan,” Chaudhary said, while inaugurating a two-day meeting on ‘Innovations in Technologies for Disaster Rescue Efforts amongst Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries’. He stressed the need of international cooperation in tackling disasters…

 

Are You Tremendously Resilient And Resourceful? These Entrepreneurs Are

We all know that staying positive is important, especially in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. But in my mind, words like ‘positive’ and ‘optimistic’ are not descriptive enough. The phrases tremendously resilient and relentlessly resourceful get my blood circulating in ways that move me to action. I’ll go out on a limb here by saying that all successful entrepreneurs, at one time or another, have had to reach deep within themselves and draw upon these attributes. Here are six business stories that will hopefully help you to find your own needed reserves of resiliency and resourcefulness…

 

How climate change could affect corporate valuations

As global warming spawns new regulations, technological remedies, and shifts in consumer behavior, its effect on the valuations of many sectors and companies is likely to be profound. The shocks to some industries could be severe—potentially as severe as, for example, the effect of the introduction of wireless telephony on the telecommunications sector during the 1990s and of shifting oil prices on the oil and gas sector during the 1970s and 1980s. Yet executives have so far paid scant attention, either because they don’t understand the effects of climate change on their businesses or they believe them to be too uncertain or distant to model…

 

What The Tax Returns Of Hurricane Katrina Victims Say About Long-Term Recovery From Natural Disasters

A member of the Free Agents Brass Band parades down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras in New Orleans March 4, 2014. A new research paper examines how the wages of city residents bounced back in the years after Hurricane Katrina.   Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

A member of the Free Agents Brass Band parades down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras in New Orleans March 4, 2014. A new research paper examines how the wages of city residents bounced back in the years after Hurricane Katrina. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Despite the major economic shock that Hurricane Katrina delivered to New Orleans in August 2005, the average income among the city’s affected residents not only caught up to, but eventually outpaced earnings in other cities within three years, a new study finds…

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