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Mental scars can remain – even after flood waters recede

Natural disasters leave devastation in their wake. Lives are lost, homes are destroyed and in many cases, even when the physical damage is repaired, scars can still remain. This is because victims often have no time to prepare, physically or mentally for the hardships natural disasters can bring, according to clinical psychologist Dr Joel Low. “This can cause significant mental distress,” said Low, who is with The Mind Psychological Services and Training…

 

Climate change poses major security threat to Pakistan, says military

Climate change could pose a major security challenge for Pakistan in the long term. -File Photo

Climate change could pose a major security challenge for Pakistan in the long term. -File Photo

Could Pakistan become destabilised because of climate change? Could the continuous cycles of floods and droughts result in food scarcity, leading to riots and possibly a revolution – like the Arab Spring triggered by high food prices caused by drought? Certainly in Tunisia and Syria, the consequences of climate change were stressors that ignited a volatile mix of underlying causes that erupted into revolution and experts say there are lessons for Pakistan to learn…

 

Festival will help you learn new skills while preparing for the worst

The skills you’ll learn at the Edmonton Resilience Festival on Feb. 7 and 8 could help you prepare for a zombie apocalypse. Joachim Neumannand Scheherazade Showleh pose for a photo before the start of the zombie parade in this file photo. Photograph by: Walter Tychnowicz , Edmonton Journal

The skills you’ll learn at the Edmonton Resilience Festival on Feb. 7 and 8 could help you prepare for a zombie apocalypse. Joachim Neumannand Scheherazade Showleh pose for a photo before the start of the zombie parade in this file photo.
Photograph by: Walter Tychnowicz , Edmonton Journal

The possibility of an imminent zombie apocalypse may not be on everyone’s mind, but planning for one might not be a bad idea. Be it beekeeping, permaculture, wool dyeing or dancing, the City of Edmonton is home to many people who want to teach their neighbours skills that might just help them survive life after the dead rise … or after a natural disaster…

 

We can build better futures through philanthropy

We have a proposition that has the potential to save lives and alleviate suffering worldwide. It is to rethink conventional approaches to philanthropy. While major philanthropic gifts to support medical research, for example, are well understood, as are donations, big and small, to respond to humanitarian emergencies, we believe philanthropy can be creatively broadened to considerable, positive effect. We have chosen to make a difference by building a unique new knowledge bank within one of Australia’s most innovative universities to help transform architecture and design into a powerful force for change…

 

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