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Disaster risk reduction — Preparedness is key

The Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami was the first humanitarian crisis of the 21st century whose impacts were truly global. It will not be the last, and indeed, with climate change proceeding apace we must be prepared for possibly even greater catastrophes on every shore. Those who did not lose a loved one, or see their way of life torn apart either as a result of the tsunami or its aftermath, cannot claim to understand the pain of those who did…

 

Resilient Cities Asia Pacific congress calls for action on urban resilience

Mayors and municipal leaders from the Asia Pacific region have called for a more concerted and coordinated action to build resilience and adapt to the intensifying impacts of climate change. “There is a need to do things differently; to be prepared; to innovate; to constantly learn and adapt; and to enact the full spectrum of resilience actions, including disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery, for current and projected risks”, state the mayors and municipal leaders in the “Bangkok Call for Action Towards Urban Resilience in the Asia Pacific”…

 

Cuba Gives Priority to Disaster Management

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 20 (acn) Cuba prioritizes the implementation of prevention through studies of hazard, vulnerability and risk of natural disasters, said today in this capital Major General Ramón Pardo Guerra, head of the National Staff of the Civil Defense (EMNDC by its Spanish acronym). Strengthening the system of Civil Defense has the backing of the scientific potential of the country added the also member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba…

 

Why Can You Fly Into A Hurricane, But Not A Thunderstorm?

cant flyWhen flying, pilots avoid thunderstorms like the plague. Yet, so-called “Hurricane Hunters” have no problem flying straight into hurricanes. How can this be? In short, it all boils down to the type of wind pilots face in either scenario. In the case of a hurricane, a pilot navigates through a “stratified area of horizontal winds,” which allows for a relatively smooth ride. Pilots flying in a thunderstorm, on the other hand, are faced with “strong vertical winds,” going upward and downward, which can cause turbulence and other issues. Just check out a new video (above) from The Weather Channel, which explains the difference between flying in the two weather conditions…

 

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