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See the Worst Natural Disasters of 2014

Photo: Aaron Harris, REUTERS

Photo: Aaron Harris, REUTERS

When it comes to acts of God, 2014 wasn’t a particular active year. No powerful hurricane struck the U.S. like Sandy in 2012 or Katrina in 2005. No single catastrophic event like the Asian tsunami in 2004, which killed nearly 300 000 people, the Haitian earthquake of 2010 which killed over 200 000 or even the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland in 2010, which disrupted air travel for weeks….

 

Indonesian landslide toll rises to 51

Rescuers search for the victims of a landslide that swept away a village in Jemblung, Indonesia. (AAP)

Rescuers search for the victims of a landslide that swept away a village in Jemblung, Indonesia. (AAP)

Indonesian rescuers dug through mud with shovels and their bare hands for a third day in the hunt for dozens of people still missing after a landslide engulfed a village, as the death toll rose to 51. Fifty-seven people are still unaccounted for after heavy rain triggered the landslide that swallowed up houses in Jemblung village on Java island late Friday. Officials say the chances of finding anyone alive are now slim…

 

Natural Disaster Funding Arrangements: Final report sent to Government (Australia)

The final report into Natural Disaster Funding Arrangements has been completed and sent to the Australian Government for its consideration. Next step in the inquiry process: The release of the final report by the Government is the next step in the process. Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt. When the Government releases the report, the report will be available for free download from the Commission’s website and printed copies will also be available for purchase from the Commission’s publications agent…

 

The Green Climate Fund is not a charity but an investment in our shared future

A total of $7.5bn has been pledged by the international community to the Green Climate Fund so far, with Sweden giving $580m. Photograph: AIRS/Aqua//NASA

A total of $7.5bn has been pledged by the international community to the Green Climate Fund so far, with Sweden giving $580m. Photograph: AIRS/Aqua//NASA

A world that does not manage to curb global warming is an insecure world. A series of recent reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes it abundantly clear. If we do not succeed in staying below the target of keeping temperature rises below 2C over preindustrial levels, the consequences are likely to be far-reaching and disastrous. We will see a dramatic rise in sea levels, by up to a metre in this century alone, a greater frequency of violent storms, increased desertification, with hundreds of millions of people experiencing water scarcity, and radical changes in entire ecosystems. This will pose a serious threat to the livelihoods of large swathes of people, causing unprecedented refugee flows and, in the worst case, new conflicts and wars…

 

Will resilience replace risk and continuity?

Is the world of risk, continuity and crisis about to change as new concepts and approaches linked to resilience gain momentum or are we seeking solutions to the same old stories repacked through a different language? Protecting organizations is big business, or at least it should be, as no one wants to fail and few if any executives can wish to face the negative impact of serious disruption or crises. In general, crises are expensive for organizations to handle, derail the best-laid plans and generally threaten the reputation of the top people in the business. Added to which there is a mix of guidance, regulatory requirements, employee concerns and shareholder expectations to address…

 

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