Japan’s Exports Unexpectedly Fall After Natural Disasters
Japan’s exports unexpectedly fell in September — the first drop in almost two years — as natural disasters disrupted economic activity, while higher energy prices continued to feed gains in imports.
While one-off events make it difficult to assess the impact of the U.S.-China trade dispute, Japanese export growth has been slowing this year following double-digit expansion in 2017. The decline in shipments adds to the likelihood of Japan’s economic expansion weakening this quarter after a surge in the three months through June.
Typhoon Jebi in September closed a major airport that is the departure point for around 7 percent of shipments from the manufacturing heartland around Osaka. An earthquake in Hokkaido cut power to the entire island in Japan’s north, disrupting supply chains….
Some Scientists Say Natural Disasters Shouldn’t Be Called Disasters.
As Florida continues to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, many scientists say that we are experiencing more bad weather events like Michael and it’s due to climate change….As a result the term “disaster” is misleading if not dangerous, according to several disaster experts and climate scientists. KCBS Radio anchor Rebecca Corral spoke with Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State…
Feedback sought on proposed National Disaster Strategy
Feedback sought on proposed National Disaster Resilience Strategy
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say about the future of disaster resilience in New Zealand.
Announcing the start of public consultation on New Zealand’s National Disaster Resilience Strategy, Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart-Black said it was important people got involved because the strategy would set the vision and objectives for disaster resilience in New Zealand over the next ten years.
“The proposed strategy also moves us considerably forward because we have learned a lot about emergency management in the past 10 years,” Mrs Stuart-Black says…