500-year-old shipwrecks could be key to predicting hurricanes…and more

500-year-old shipwrecks could be key to predicting hurricanes


Shipwrecks in the Caribbean have been used as an indication of hurricane activity, finds new research that could shed light on the relationship of global warming and these storms. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, considered records of Spanish shipwrecks in…


Asia-Pacific remains ‘most disaster-prone’

United Nations – The Asia-Pacific region “continues to be the most disaster prone part of the world in 2015” and needs a risk-sensitive development approach, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said here Thursday. More than half of the world’s 344 disasters in 2015, resulting in more than 16,000 deaths and affecting some 59 million people, occurred in Asia-Pacific, Dujarric said, quoting a new report by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP), which was released earlier Thursday. The report was entitled “Disasters in Asia and the Pacific: 2015 Year in Review.” “The cost of economic damage to countries in the region was more than US$45 billion, although that figure would be much higher if indirect losses were included,” he said…

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