Sydney Fires: Images show incredible scale of Unfolding disaster
Sydney Fires: Incredible images showing the scale of the bushfires surrounding the Sydney basin have imemerged. Satellitel images from the European Union Copernicus Earth Observation Program show the huge walls of flames threatening surrounding towns and suburbs of Sydney. The EU Space Agency routinely moves the satellite to areas of natural disasters around the world, to help local authorities understand and plan. The satellite has been positioned over SE Austraia to capture these images below…
What 2,000 years of traditional Hopi farming in the arid Southwest can teach about resilience
For more than 2,000 years, the Hopi have been farming without irrigation in an area of Arizona that receives less than 10 inches of rain a year.
“Hopi is a testament to doing a lot with a little,” Mike says. “A raindrop can raise a whole plant.”
Mike went on to study science and public policy in college and recently earned a Ph.D. in natural resource management at the University of Arizona. He is now living back on the Hopi reservation, farming and working as a research associate at the Native American Agricultural Fund. The fund’s mission is to promote the sustainability and viability of Indian agriculture in America, and Mike’s personal mission is to bring more Hopi back to farming….
What Will it Take to Adapt to Natural Disasters?
Recent statistics on the worldwide impact of natural disasters make for some pretty harrowing reading. In the past 20 years, the number of people impacted by natural disasters exceeded 2.5 billion.
Not only do these disasters have a devastating effect on communities around the globe, recovery and rebuild time is typically very long and expensive, especially in poor or remote communities. The catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, for example, has yet to be fully reversed, with some areas of New Orleans still rebuilding.
According to the NOAA, extreme weather has cost U.S towns $329.9 billion.
Preparation is essential. A National Institute of Building Sciences report estimates that each dollar spent on the mitigation of natural disasters will save as much as six dollars in future disaster recovery efforts.
Formalized education and outreach programs, disaster-proofing structures, and predictive technology are all measures that will help limit the damage caused by natural disasters…