New Satellite Images Show the Extent of Australia’s 2019 Wildfire Disaster

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Building back business: Avoiding a trade-off between resilience and growth

“The question is: how do we achieve resilience in a new global environment, including a pandemic-prone global environment, as well as growth – how do we avoid a sharp trade-off between resilience and growth?”

Those were the words of Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister in the Singaporean Prime Minister’s Office, speaking on global trade and supply chains in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Shanmugaratnam’s comments came during the Forum’s latest Great Reset virtual meeting, centered around the theme, “A New Deal for Business.”

Some major indices have lost 30%-40% of their initial value in recent months, while nearly all major environmental, social and governance (ESG) indices outperformed their markets. Given that backdrop, the call focused on: How might these trends influence business strategy in light of the pandemic, and what key aspects of the stakeholder approach will business leaders adopt to address short-term pressures and long-term considerations…

Community and Resilience in Rwanda’s COVID-19 Response

Every country has approached COVID-19 through a different cultural lens. Dr. Louis describes how cooperation and mutual support have shaped Rwanda’s response.

Elizabeth Farrah Louis, Ph.D., is a Haitian-American counseling psychologist and is currently a Postdoctoral Fogarty International Research Fellow, Harvard University. Dr. Louis specializes in global mental health, trauma, disaster mental health, and training in low-resourced settings.

She is a recent recipient of the National Institutes of Health T32 Global Psychiatry Clinical Research Fellow with Boston University Medical Campus and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Louis is a social justice advocate, community collaborator, and avid solo traveler. She serves in diverse organizations around the world that promote inclusion, multiculturalism, sustainability, and indigenous forms of consciousness….

New Satellite Images Show the Extent of Australia’s 2019 Wildfire Disaster

It’s colloquially become known as the Black Summer. Between September 2019 and March 2020, hundreds of fires along Australia’s eastern seaboard burned an estimated 72,000 square miles of forest, which is around twice the total land area of Kansas. Over 3,000 homes were lost and at least 33 people killed, leading one state report to describe the fires as “unprecedented in extent and intensity.”

But really, that’s just a lot of numbers. It’s hard to really understand this scale of destruction without imagery, which is why the recent publication of high-resolution satellite images by a company called Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd are so significant…

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