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How expensive will this hurricane season be?
Atlantic hurricane season is officially underway, with the first named storm, Alberto, forming even before the official June 1 kick off of Hurricane Season.
With such an early start to the season, it makes sense to be concerned. Particularly after an especially damaging 2017 season where the cumulative damages from three major storms that made landfall in the U.S. likely in the hundreds of billions of dollars…
EAC countries tipped on building farmers’ resilience to disasters
An agricultural budget summit which brought together by farmers’ representatives, civil societies and members of East African Legislative assembly (EALA) has urged regional countries to allocate enough resources to disaster preparedness programs.
It was one of the resolutions that came out of the 3rd EAC Agriculture People’s Budget Summit and presented to East African Legislative assembly (EALA) in Nairobi Kenya last week. The summit was held under the theme “Promoting an Inclusive, People Centred EAC Budget Process: Incentives for Prudent Public and Private Investment in Agriculture”.
The programs which were suggested to help farmers become resilient to disasters include strengthening early warning systems and climate adaptation projects….
What was the fallout from Fukushima?
Shunichi Yamashita knows a lot of about the health effects of radiation. But he is a pariah in his home country of Japan, because he insists on telling those evacuated after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident that the hazards are much less than they suppose. Could he be right?
Yamashita was born in Nagasaki in 1952, seven years after the world’s second atomic weapon obliterated much of the city. “My mother was 16 years old when the bomb dropped and she was two miles away,” he told me at his office in the city, where he still lives with his mother, who is now 88.
After growing up in the traumatised city, Yamashita dedicated his life to researching the health of survivors of the Nagasaki bomb and other victims of nuclear atrocities and disasters. He has visited Ukraine more than 100 times since the world’s worst nuclear accident there, at Chernobyl in 1986…