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Perspectives on the Earthquake response…and more

Perspectives on the Earthquake response

In many ways we have come a long way since the 2005 earthquake by creating the disaster management institutions, in generating awareness on disaster risk reduction and preparedness, and in introducing international best practices and specialised skills. Our challenges, however, continue to mount as we face a wide range of recurring disasters. These events tend to occur in a distinct manner. Pakistan is experiencing recurring floods since 2010 characterised by extremely heavy rains compressed in a short time. Their impact is exacerbated by the Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF) activity in the glaciated northern regions and these events are being largely attributed to the climate change…

 

Internet of things to rule the future

IoT

By 2020, it is presumed that the number of things connected to the Internet will reach more than 60 billion. In fact, more than 90 million wearable devices were shipped globally in 2014, up from 54 million the previous year. These wearable technologies include smartwatches that monitor anything from a person’s heartbeat to his or her lifestyle. With this leap, innovations were found to deliver new insights which improve our health, communication, business and work progress. “This is the next generation of the Internet—the Internet of Things,” said Raul Santiago III, president of Fujitsu Philippines Inc. “The world is becoming more linked, forming unparalleled connections between people…

 

El Niños wreak havoc everywhere: As we brace for the coming El Niño, here’s why their effects are so dramatic

The term El Niño first appeared in the English language at the end of the nineteenth century—and not so much because of the fishermen’s melancholia, but as a name for the change in the current in the waters below. What happened was that the cold waters of the Humboldt Current, part of the normal pattern of Pacific circulation that powerfully sweeps Antarctic waters northward up along the South American coast before the waters head west along the equator, become on occasion mysteriously disrupted. Instead they are replaced, or nudged farther out to sea, by an irruption of warm water that bullies its way down from the equator…

 

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