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Resilience becomes key as businesses rely more on data

business resilienceIncreased reliance on systems and data means that downtime and loss of information is a greater problem than ever before. Disaster recovery specialist Vision Solutions has launched the latest version of its annual State of Resilience report which highlights the trends and challenges for business and IT leaders…

 

Solar Panels Floating on Water Will Power Japan’s Homes

Floating solar arrays take advantage of open water where land space is constrained.

Floating solar arrays take advantage of open water where land space is constrained.

Nowadays, bodies of water aren’t necessarily something to build around—they’re something to build on. They sport not just landfills and man-made beaches but also, in a nascent global trend, massive solar power plants. Clean energy companies are turning to lakes, wetlands, ponds, and canals as building grounds for sunlight-slurping photovoltaic panels. So far, floating solar structures have been announced in, among other countries, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, and Italy…

 

The Year of Resilience

NEW YORK – Ten years ago this month, representatives from 168 United Nations member states met in Kobe, the capital of Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture, to decide how to manage risk better in the wake of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed more than 227,000 lives. Over five days, which included the anniversary of the 1995 Kobe earthquake, they crafted the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), composed of a raft of measures designed to “reduce the losses in lives and social, economic, and environmental assets of communities and countries.”…

 

Children and emergencies: how to prepare your children for the threat of a natural disaster

Photo: Psychologically preparing your kids for an emergency is just as important as making a household plan. (Flickr: Sarah Horrigan)

Photo: Psychologically preparing your kids for an emergency is just as important as making a household plan. (Flickr: Sarah Horrigan)

Dealing with a natural disaster can be a stressful experience for anyone. What can you do to best prepare your children for the emergency season? “The first and most important thing for parents to be doing with their kids is to reassure them that the family has a plan that will keep them safe,” said psychologist Dr Susie Burke, from the Australian Psychological Society. Children can anxiously anticipate disasters, particularly if they’re listening to media coverage or have had past experience of one…

 

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