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Grand Canyon Total Inversion: Clouds Inundate the Gorge Thanks to Cold Temperatures Near the Ground.  Source:

Grand Canyon Total Inversion: Clouds Inundate the Gorge Thanks to Cold Temperatures Near the Ground.

‘Disaster Lifecycle’ Needs More Attention From Grant Makers, Study Says

When disaster strikes, there’s a lot of work to be done — but in many cases preemptive aid may be the most effective way to help. A new report, “Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014,” encourages foundations to think more strategically about the aid they can provide before, during, and after disasters, whether caused by natural or human forces. The report was published by the Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy…


Resilience: How to train a tougher mind

“It was one of those perfect days. I think that’s what everyone remembers. And now whenever the day’s too perfect and the sky’s too blue, I think: what might happen?” Tuesday, 11 September 2001. Lisa Siegman was in her first year as principal of Public School 3 (PS 3) in downtown Manhattan. Up on the fourth floor, the fifth-graders’ classroom looked directly towards the World Trade Center. “They had a perfect view of the towers,” Lisa says. “The kids saw people jumping. People were running into the halls of the school, just doubled over.”…


Toby Kent appointed Melbourne’s chief resilience officer

Mr. Toby Kent, Australia's first Chief Resilience Officer

Mr. Toby Kent, Australia’s first Chief Resilience Officer

The City of Melbourne has appointed Australia’s first chief resilience officer as part of the Rockerfeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network. Mr Kent, former head of sustainable development for ANZ, is an executive with international senior management experience in sustainability, urbanisation and social development. In the role, Mr Kent will lead development and implementation of a Melbourne Resilience Strategy, working in association with state government agencies and metropolitan local governments. A resilience steering committee including representatives from state and local government, as well as agencies such as Emergency Management Victoria, will be established to oversee development of the strategy. Mr Kent will coordinate and complement work already being done to help make Melbourne more disaster and climate resilient…


Dealing with uncertainty: an HR approach to building an agile organisation

“When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight,” Jack Welch, the former CEO and chairman of General Electric once said. Undoubtedly, we are now live in the age…


Slovenia joins UNISDR Cities Campaign

Slovenia's city of Kamnik joins the global effort

Slovenia’s city of Kamnik joins the global effort

Brussels – Kamnik has become the first town in the Balkan state of Slovenia to join UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign. An event last week to mark the move brought together representatives from national and local authorities, and dozens of firefighter volunteers. “Slovenia as well as the municipality of Kamnik are very prone to natural hazards and we learn from each one of them. We learn how to improve our system, which is already at a high level,” said Kamnik Mayor Marjan Šarec at a signing ceremony…


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