Climate Extremes: the New Norm

How to Limit Nature’s Impact on the Supply Chain

These are just a few examples of the types of natural disasters the world has experienced in the last 12 months. With California still reeling from the catastrophic impact of the recent wildfires, it is increasingly evident that natural disasters are becoming a regular occurrence.

It seems that the world is set to experience increasing disruption from natural disasters with recent climate change data shared by the UN suggesting the regularity of such disasters is set to continue and might even get worse. The UN’s report also suggests that a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is our best hope if we have any chance of lowering the rate at which natural disasters take place…


New disaster resilience strategy a first for Queensland

A Queensland-first strategy on disaster resilience is a feature of the updated Local Disaster Management Plan endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council today (December 6).

The four-year plan’s primary focus is ensuring the safety of the Sunshine Coast community and builds on the previous 2015-2018 plan.

Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) chair Mayor Mark Jamieson said the aims of the Local Disaster Management Plan 2019-22 were to preserve lives and prevent injuries, mitigate property damage and protect our environment.

“Our highest priority in disaster situations is always the safety and well-being of our 320,000 residents, along with the millions of visitors to the Sunshine Coast each year,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Our Sunshine Coast LDMG, council and our partner agencies are at the forefront of managing disasters that occur in our region and in preparing and educating our community about potential disaster events….


Climate Extremes: the New Norm

Paul Wellman (file) Captain Neil Black with CALFIRE

As the search continues for the residents of the fire-ravaged Paradise, California, it is clearer than ever that climate is changing in ways that spur unforeseen and devastating natural disasters, such as wildfires, droughts, record-breaking temperatures, mudslides and floods. The tragedies Californians are now experiencing align with the global trend of climate related natural disasters steadily rising over the past few decades. In 1980, there were 200 extreme weather events that caused widespread destruction and human death around the globe; in 2016 the number of such events more than tripled to over 700…


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