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Why Some Things Get Better After A Disaster

Illustration by Tara Jacoby

Illustration by Tara Jacoby

We often associate disasters – be they environmental, social, political, or economic — as terrible things, worthy of avoidance. And for the most part, they are. As history has repeatedly shown, catastrophes cause great stress for civilizations, institutions, and individuals as they struggle, sometimes unsuccessfully, to recover from their losses. Over the years, however, a number of thinkers have made the case that disasters and unexpected shocks aren’t completely negative. It’s a counter-intuitive perspective that’s giving pause to everyone from risk analysts, entrepreneurs, and technologists, right through to environmentalists and politicians. What’s more, it’s forcing a re-think about the extent to which we can take risks, and how well we can adapt, and even improve, after a setback…


Natural Disaster, Trauma and Activism in the Art of Takamine Tadasu

Takamine Tadasu’s Fukushima Esperanto (2012) is an immersive project that responds to the unfolding tragedies of the March 2011 Tōhoku disaster. Connecting the experiences of Tōhoku with the devastating floods experienced across Queensland, Australia in the same year, Fukushima Esperanto invites reflection on trauma by a transnational audience. The artist’s assemblage of obsolete technologies and objects of childhood play expresses Takamine’s opposition to, and Japan’s conflicted relationship with, nuclear energy…


Rwandan senate votes unanimously the first ever disaster management bill

The upper legislative chamber of the Rwandan parliament on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass a new bill on disaster management that will be enacted to become a law by the President of Republic, for the management and prevention and mitigation of causes of natural and human-generated disasters in the East African nation, according to an official statement issued in Kigali, reports Coastweek…


Can Animals Predict Natural Disasters?

Disaster is a natural, or man-made catastrophe resulting in marked physical damage or loss of life of human being, animal and environment. Disasters like earthquake, tsunami, floods, cyclones or typhoons, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, landslides etc occur regularly. Disasters appear very often without any adequate warning and destroy everything that comes in way. Natural disasters cannot be prevented, but their impact on human and animals can be reduced to a considerable extent if it could be predicted early…



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