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Pacific nations lose shortwave radio services that evade dictators and warn of natural disasters

Pacific nations lose shortwave radio services that evade dictators and warn of natural disasters

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.  Australia’s decision to take another step back from international broadcasting by ceasing its far reaching border crossing shortwave radio services has raised questions about who will fill the void.  As a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands, triggering a tsunami warning across the Pacific, many residents of the tiny country would have turned to shortwave radio for more information.  The tsunami warning has since been called off, though assessments of damage from the quake are not yet complete.  Sadly, this vital communication service is under threat in this already under-resourced region.  For almost 80 years, Australia has provided such shortwave services, including vital emergency service information, to Asia and the Pacific.  But government funding cuts saw Asian services turned off in January 2015. And now the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has decided to cut the remaining services to residents of remote parts of the Pacific, Papua New Guinea and parts of northern Australia…

 

 

Jeremy Collymore honored by the Barbados Government for outstanding contribution to Disaster Management

The former Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Jeremy M. Collymore was recently honoured by the Barbados Government for his outstanding contribution and leadership in Disaster Management at the national, regional and global levels. Collymore was honoured with the Barbados Service Star at the Awards of National Honours, on the celebration of Barbados’ 50th anniversary of Independence on November 30th, 2016…

 

How to rehab our soil for a changing climate

Much of the world experienced record-high temperatures during June-August 2016.

Much of the world experienced record-high temperatures during June-August 2016.

In global climate negotiations and agreements, agriculture is listed primarily as a victim of adverse climate impacts.

While this is true, it is equally important to recognize that food production is also a major contributor to climate change. The silver lining? Recognizing that food production is a major emitter of greenhouse gases could open a new range of solutions to climate change…

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