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A heavily polluted Shanghai skyline. Cities will increasingly need to build their resilience to challenges such as increasing population pressure, climate change, and globalisation. Image: Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock.com

A heavily polluted Shanghai skyline. Cities will increasingly need to build their resilience to challenges such as increasing population pressure, climate change, and globalisation. Image: Hung Chung Chih / Shutterstock.com

‘Resilience’ is a term I recall hearing for the first time, at least in its current meaning, in a conversation high above Lake Geneva, outside the headquarters of the World Economic Forum. This was back in 2006 or 2007—and a major consultancy firm was insisting that ‘Resilience’ was set to be the new ‘Sustainability.’…

 

Partnership results in climate and disaster resilience plan for Nauru

Suva – The Republic of Nauru has launched its first ever national framework aimed at increasing the Pacific nation’s resilience to climate change and disaster risk. Nauru’s Framework for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (RONAdapt) was developed through a collaborative effort between various regional organisations and development partners including theSecretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union…

 

White House Tightens Standards for Projects in Flood Zones

The Obama administration has issued tougher risk-management standards for federal agencies to use in determining where federally funded buildings, highways and other infrastructure projects in floodplains should be situated…

 

Russia Expects Doubling of Natural Disasters

Vladimir Filonov / MT

Vladimir Filonov / MT

Russia could see the number of natural disasters that befall the country double in the next decade, TASS reported Friday. “There was an almost fourfold increase in the number of dangerous natural disasters from 1990 to 2010, and it keeps increasing by 6-7 percent each year,” Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoi was quoted by the news agency as saying during a sustainable development summit in New Delhi…

 

 

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