What Survives a Drought?

On resilience

Being a ‘resilient’ business means more than CEOs think, writes Carmel Owens, EMEA Sales Director, at the IT recovery services company Sungard Availability Services.

The term resilience seems to be the business buzzword of the moment, but what exactly is business resilience and why is it so important? “Resilience” refers to a broad range of business capabilities – from anticipating risk, to the mitigation of disruption, and to move forward with confidence after a period of duress. In today’s IT-centric business landscape, that means ensuring critical applications and data are always available, regardless of the source of disruption.

Being resilient means understanding the source and impact of disruption and being able to limit its overall effects, both on the business itself and the people within it. Here we look at the questions that every business must ask to determine its resilience.

What are the potential causes of disruption?…


What Survives a Drought?

he entire east coast of the U.S. is suffering drought conditions this year, and my North Carolina garden had it bad.

This growing season started with a spring flood that hit the hundred year line. I stood there and watched swirling brown water submerge nearly an acre of streamside pasture, eerily quiet as it covered the downed trees and curving banks. It came within a foot of the bottom of my new pasture fence. I was partly patting myself on the back for guessing the perfect fence line, and partly worried that I will someday see a higher flood. A hundred years isn’t as long as it used to be.

Since that wet day, though, it has hardly rained at all. My area of the country is projected to get even wetter as the climate changes, but projections also call for more variability; more flood years and more drought years, and many fewer nice mild Goldilocks years perfect for growing my own food….


With fifth cyclone in Arabian Sea, 2019 equals 117-year-old record

arabian sea
The Arabian Sea witnesses a normal of one cyclone per year. The last time five tropical cyclones were witnessed in a year was in 1902.(PTI)

During pre-monsoon, there have been two cyclonic disturbances in the Arabian Sea against the normal of one per year while one in the Bay of Bengal only. This is the maximum number of cyclonic disturbances observed in the Arabian Sea, according to IMD. The Arabian Sea has recorded five cyclones this year equalling a 117-year-old record, data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) shows.

The latest weather system over the southwest Arabian Sea intensified from a deep depression to tropical Cyclone Pawan, which was declared by IMD on Thursday morning.

The Arabian Sea witnesses a normal of one cyclone per year. The last time five tropical cyclones were witnessed in a year was in 1902.

This year, very severe cyclonic storm Vayu was witnessed from June 10-17, very severe cyclonic storm Hikka from September 22-25, super cyclonic storm Kyarr between October 24 and November 2, extremely severe cyclonic storm Maha from October 30 to November 7, and presently Cyclone Pawan….

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