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What Is This Thing Called Resilience?

Not long ago, I was at the White House visiting a friend who works on climate change issues. We were talking about her work when I happened to mention the word resilience. She groaned—the word seemed to have become simultaneously ubiquitous and meaningless in both policy circles and general discourse, she said, which is why she no longer uses it. It’s not that the concept of resilience isn’t…

 

The Importance of Being Prepared for a Natural Disaster

Darlene Simmons on the lot where her house stood before it burned to the ground. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Darlene Simmons on the lot where her house stood before it burned to the ground. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times

AS hot, wind-fed wildfires swirled around her town in early September, Darlene Simmons, 76, was busy cooking spaghetti in her kitchen. As a resident of Middletown, a small town in Northern California, she had been through wildfires before. But her home, where she had lived for 45 years, had never been harmed…

 

Scaling up climate and disaster resilience for the world’s most vulnerable

Drivers of climate and disaster risk are making scenarios like this more common. Climate change threatens to worsen extreme weather events like droughts, floods, storms, and heatwaves. Rapid urbanization and unplanned development are putting more people in harm’s…

 

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