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Resilience Resolutions for 2015

New Year’s Day has come and gone, and 100 Resilient Cities wanted to challenge cities everywhere to make the following resolutions to build resilience and prepare for all the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing, globalizing, changing city landscape…

 

Defining Resilience and Dealing with Uncertainty

The paper Challenges of Dealing with Uncertainty has sections in it that I had to reread a couple of times to try and understand the concepts being expressed. That is why I called this not for the “faint of brain.” You will need to concentrate when reading the document….

 

Earthquakes, tsunamis and a naked tribe. It’s Chile – and not just the Galápagos – that inspired Darwin

Fuegian tribespeople encounter members of Darwin’s expedition in a 1839 illustration by members of the crew. Photograph: British Library/Rex

Fuegian tribespeople encounter members of Darwin’s expedition in a 1839 illustration by members of the crew. Photograph: British Library/Rex

“‘The climate is certainly wretched: the summer solstice was now passed, yet every day snow fell on the hills, and in the valleys there was rain, accompanied by sleet. From the damp and boisterous state of the atmosphere, not cheered by a gleam of sunshine, one fancied the climate even worse than it really was.” Charles Darwin, writing in December 1832 on his arrival in Tierra del Fuego aboard the Beagle during his five-year around-the-world trip, makes clear that he was not immediately taken with this, the southernmost region on Earth. Not surprising, since this South American archipelago situated at the foot of Argentina and Chile, has been inviting lurid descriptions ever since Europeans first came upon it in 1520…

 

Building Resiliency of the Coastal Population to Natural Disaster

From 1980 to 2000, Bangladesh alone accounted for nearly 60 percent of the deaths caused by cyclones worldwide. Due to the effects of climate change, an increase in the frequency and severity of cyclones and other natural disasters is likely, making it essential for Bangladesh to adapt to increased uncertainty and be prepared to ride out even the worst storms. The Multipurpose Disaster Shelter Project (MDSP) will benefit nearly 14 million coastal people who are more vulnerable to natural disasters…

 

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