Shielding the most vulnerable

Extreme weather caused by climate change has damaged 45% of Australia’s coastal habitat

If you think climate change is only gradually affecting our natural systems, think again.

Our research, published yesterday in Frontiers in Marine Science, looked at the large-scale impacts of a series of extreme climate events on coastal marine habitats around Australia.

We found more than 45% of the coastline was already affected by extreme weather events caused by climate change. What’s more, these ecosystems are struggling to recover as extreme events are expected to get worse…


Shielding the most vulnerable


DISASTERS leave children facing risks of injury, even death, and diseases due to the breakdown of services such as clean water and sanitation.

Globally, there are 535 million children who live in countries prone to disasters, according to the World Risk Report of 2018. It ranked the Philippines the third most vulnerable to suffer from disasters, next to island nations of Vanuatu and Tonga.  The report takes into account a country’s exposure to natural hazards and its society’s vulnerability. The Philippines fares low in both since it does not have a strong capacity to cope with the negative consequences of natural disasters and a huge segment of population live in disaster-prone areas.

Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan), which struck the Visayan provinces in 2013, has taught the Philippines bitter lessons—mainly, how vital it is to build resilience to reduce people’s vulnerability to disasters. More than 7,000 people died, including children, as a result of Yolanda, billed as the strongest cyclone to hit land…

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