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A man emerges from the snow beyond a pine twisted from heavy winds near Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts. Picture: Gary Higgins/AP Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/11371203/New-York-blizzard-Winter-snow-storm-Juno-hits-US-East-Coast-in-pictures.html?frame=3179111

A man emerges from the snow beyond a pine twisted from heavy winds near Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts.
Picture: Gary Higgins/AP
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/11371203/New-York-blizzard-Winter-snow-storm-Juno-hits-US-East-Coast-in-pictures.html?frame=3179111

 

FEMA seeks views of young people on resilience

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that it is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. The Council supports FEMA’s commitment to involving youth in preparedness-related activities and provides an opportunity for young people to offer their perspectives, feedback and insights on how to help make America more resilient. “Young people play a key role in advancing emergency preparedness and informing our efforts,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “The Youth Preparedness Council offers FEMA the unique opportunity to benefit from the perspectives of young people, while also empowering them to engage with their communities to increase readiness.”…

 

Houston ranks among most disaster-prone cities in the country

A map of the nation’s most disaster-prone areas was released yesterday by the Washington Post, with Harris County and the City of Houston ranking amongst the top two percent of calamity-struck parts of the United States. Since 1964, Harris County has declared 27 disasters—eight hurricanes, eight floods, six severe storms, three fires and one tornado, according to the Post, which drew its data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA…

 

Extreme La Nina events set to increase

In Australia, La Nina is associated with flooding (User Submitted: Conan Whitehouse)

In Australia, La Nina is associated with flooding (User Submitted: Conan Whitehouse)

Extreme La Niña events that affect weather conditions on both sides of the Pacific will almost double in frequency as the climate warms, a new study shows. This increase is likely to drive a corresponding increase in devastating weather conditions including floods in the Asia Pacific region, more severe and frequent west Pacific cyclones, droughts in the southwestern United States, and hurricanes in the Atlantic…

 

A top Vietnamese architect designs low-cost housing that can withstand natural disasters

Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The new bamboo and coconut leaf house looks a lot like other houses in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. However, unlike them, this seemingly simple abode is designed to withstand typhoons, flooding and earthquakes. And at a cost of less than US$4,000, it could herald a new wave of cheap, sustainable housing. Architect Vo Trong Nghia and his team are behind the design, which could herald new low-cost housing solutions for communities in the Mekong Delta, as well as elsewhere in Asia. The natural materials on its surface belie the hi-tech internal structure of the new home, which uses steel struts and wall panels as a defence against the elements in this natural disaster-prone region…

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