The world faces a future of floods, famine, and extreme heat — here’s how we survive
The warnings were plentiful. The limits were clearly defined.
We have long understood how to keep the Earth’s average temperature from reaching dangerous levels. But as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continue to trap more heat, we’re now face-to-face with the volatile climate, intense heat waves, and large-scale storms scientists predicted decades ago.
Substantial damage is already locked in, even if emissions — the cause of the problem — are quickly cut. The question is no longer whether we can prevent a climate crisis. It’s: Now what?
Scientists, planners, engineers, and entrepreneurs are developing solutions and adaptations to address this new reality. But surviving in an inevitably harsher environment will require fundamental changes to the way we eat, live, build, and power the world…
‘Earthquake Lady’ Relates Her Decades of Understanding Science and Disasters
She’s been called the “Earthquake Lady,” and she has spent her career sharing her vast knowledge and providing expert guidance about seismology, and the imminent “Big One in California.”
Jones, a science advisor for risk reduction for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for 33 years until 2015, developed the country’s first major earthquake drill, the Great Shakeout, and helped create the national science strategy for the USGS to reduce risk from natural disasters that occur nationally.
Now, Lucy Jones has written a book, appropriately titled, Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them).
Jones said the book is really a summation of the things she’s learned in her career about how disasters, and impending ones, affect humans…
How DFID plans to use insurance to build resilience in small island states
Securing better access to insurance will be at the heart of the United Kingdom’s efforts to help small island states prepare for and respond to natural disasters in 2018, a government minister has said.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London this week, Minister for International Development Lord Michael Bates offered a look into Department for International Development’s plans to leverage insurance tools in the wake of a series of hurricanes that devastated small island states last year…