Natural disasters’ and people on the margins – the hidden story

Caribbean must be environmentally and fiscally resilient – World Bank

The Caribbean must work together to be both environmentally and fiscally resilient, Jorge Familiar, Vice President of the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean has said.

Addressing the launch of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator at the University of the West Indies, Mona, on August 9, 2018, Familiar said that in addition to being Climate Smart, the region should also try to manage resources and save during the good times so that they can confront the bad times…


Natural disasters’ and people on the margins – the hidden story

Disasters are therefore socially and politically constructed. Photo Credit: NWCG

With earthquakes devastating Indonesia, and fires raging in the United States, there has been plenty of discussion of so-called “natural disasters” in recent weeks.  These disasters – and the continuing record global temperatures – has again brought to our attention the growing field of climate change attribution, which investigates the links between climate change and extreme weather events.

But we need a broader perspective as well.

Climate change is often seen in itself as a “hazard.” But really it should be seen as a mechanism by which hazards are changing, and will continue to change. It is a “hazard influencer.”…

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