Shaping Infrastructure for Resilience In Protecting the Liberal Democratic Nations: The Case of Energy

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CDB funding programme to aid mental health, psychosocial support in disaster management

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is seeking to build the social resilience of its member states to natural disasters.

The bank highlighted that in spite of the high vulnerability of the region to such and the impact these could have on mental health and psychosocial well-being, social resilience was often overlooked in mitigation and rebuilding efforts.

In response, the CDB will therefore be funding a programme to enhance capacity for mental health and psychosocial support in disaster management in the Caribbean.

“It is critical that a country’s response to any disaster includes a targeted psychosocial support and mental health component to rebuild individual and social resilience,” said Daniel Best, Director of Projects, CDB.

“We have witnessed first-hand how feelings of anxiety and distress can result from the inability to tolerate and withstand environmental and social threats, and lead to behaviours, including substance abuse, child and spousal abuse and gender-based violence. This can potentially have a long term debilitating impact…


Shaping Infrastructure for Resilience In Protecting the Liberal Democratic Nations: The Case of Energy

It is clear that as the Russians and Chinese enhance their challenges to the liberal democracies, a key requirement for the liberal democracies will be an ability to mobilize under the threat of contested operations and to provide for resilient capabilities to defend the nation and ensure that the military forces can actually operate in times of crisis.

It does not appear that the liberal democracies are addressing this challenge with the seriousness and urgency that it deserves….


Natural disasters have already cost America $3 billion in 2018

From 1980 to 2017, an average of six climate disasters costing over $1 billion struck the U.S. each year. But in 2018, three billion-dollar disasters have already hit — and it’s only been three months.

A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows how the number of massive climate disasters has skyrocketed in recent years. Over the past five years, for example, there’s been an average of 11.6 billion-dollar climate disasters per year — nearly double the overall average since 1980.

In 2017 alone, there were 16 billion-dollar disasters. In fact, back-to-back hurricanes and other extreme weather cost the U.S. more than $300 billion last year — a new record, per the NOAA.

This year, two winter storms and an onslaught of southern tornadoes each cost more than $1 billion and killed at least 34 people. Less extreme phenomena, such…


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