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How One Nonprofit Uses Tech to Assist During Natural Disasters and Emergencies

Drones have been making headlines for their potential business uses in areas like logistics and retail, but would you be surprised to learn that drones have been used to assist in natural disasters? The Field Innovation Team (FIT), a recently formed nonprofit that’s been doing incredible things with technology to help with disaster and emergency relief, has done just that…

 

Unprecedented dust storm sparks protests in western Iran

Aerial view of the dust storm sweeping across western Iran earlier today. Photograph: Modis/Nasa

Aerial view of the dust storm sweeping across western Iran earlier today. Photograph: Modis/Nasa

A suffocating dust storm sweeping across western Iran has disrupted life in an unprecedented fashion, closing down schools and government offices, bringing flights to a standstill and provoking protests. A large group of people in the western city of Ahwaz, the capital of Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan province, gathered in protest at the government’s handling of the environmental crisis on Tuesday. Protesters demanded the administration of President Hassan Rouhani to act, holding up placards saying that “healthy air is our right”…

 

Building community resilience in Vanuatu

Adapting to climate change is key to achieving food security for the future, particularly in areas susceptible to the impacts of climate change. A project called Community resilience and coping with climate change and natural disasters in Vanuatu was launched in 2011 with the aim to assist farmers to use alternative farming methods to help mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. Under the guidance of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) officers, selected farmers received hands on training in establishing small farming plots so that they can set up their own demo plots when they return to their communities…

 

Scientists warn the western US could face a ‘mega-drought’

Currently the western United States has been experiencing a drought for about 11 of the past 14 years

Currently the western United States has been experiencing a drought for about 11 of the past 14 years

Long-lasting mega-droughts could occur with increasing frequency in the western United States later this century if no action is taken to rein in climate change by curbing fossil fuel use, researchers said. Mega-drought is defined as any drought as bad as the worst already seen in the 20th century, but lasting much longer, for 35 years or more…

 

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