In Rio de Janeiro, thousands at risk from disasters
As many as 155,000 people are exposed to the risk of landslides or floods in highland region of Rio de Janeiro, southeast Brazil, a study published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction has estimated.
Using a new methodology, researchers from the Brazil’s natural disasters early warning centre Cemaden cross-reference information about areas susceptible to natural disaster with demographic and socioeconomic data provided by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.
In this way, they were able to estimate the number of people living in at-risk areas in the region, as well as their living conditions, age and housing situation – aspects that other methodologies cannot identify….
Nature gone wild: Depictions of disasters in art
Images of catastrophes bombard us every day, but an exhibition at Hamburg’s Kunsthalle shows how such depictions are nothing new. “Nature Unleashed” also reveals how shocking natural disasters were once seen as positive…