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The First Lightning Photograph Lightning can be an exciting subject to capture and the first photographer to grab a snapshot did so in 1882. Photographer, William Jennings, used his findings to showcase that lightning was much more complicated than originally thought – notice how the lightning branches out in the above piece.

The First Lightning Photograph
Lightning can be an exciting subject to capture and the first photographer to grab a snapshot did so in 1882. Photographer, William Jennings, used his findings to showcase that lightning was much more complicated than originally thought – notice how the lightning branches out in the above piece.

India heatwave: More than 500 dead.

More than 500 people have died in India from a days-long heatwave that has seen temperatures nudging 50 degrees Celsius, officials say. Officials warned the toll was likely to rise, with figures still being collected in some parts of the hard-hit Telangana state in the south of the country, and with no end in sight to the searing conditions. Large parts of India, including national capital New Delhi, have endured days of sweltering heat, prompting fears of power cuts…

 

Young Australian scientists recognised for work in disaster resilience

Three exceptional young scientists have been recognised for their work in improving disaster resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, Karen Andrews, today congratulated the finalists for Australia’s nomination to the 2015 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE). This year’s prize focuses on disaster risk reduction and is open to researchers working in sustainable development, disaster management, urban planning and engineering, amongst other areas…

 

Battered But Not Broken: Building a Resilient Food System in Nepal

While the major earthquakes in Nepal appear to have ended, the need to prepare for future disasters has not. The April 25th quake killed thousands, while leaving millions homeless, and has put roughly 3.5 million people in need of food assistance. Two weeks later, the 7.3 magnitude quake led to the loss of more lives and left even more without food, water and shelter…

 

SMEs vulnerable to disasters; cooperation for supply chain resilience in APEC pushed

Enhancing the capacity of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to resist, absorb, and recover from the effects of natural disasters in a timely and efficient manner is key to achieving inclusive growth in the APEC region. SMEs are considered engines of growth and employment in the APEC region. Over 97 percent of businesses in APEC are SMEs, providing jobs to more than half of the workers in the Asia-Pacific region. However, APEC member-countries are prone to intense natural disasters. APEC’s 21 member-economies, which account for 52 percent of the earth’s surface and 59 percent of the world’s population, experience over 70 percent of global natural disasters…

 

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