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  • The dreaded polar vortex is bringing its icy grip to parts of the U.S. thanks to a blast of warm air in the Arctic, as sudden stratospheric warming caused a mass of cold air to move southward. Scientists see a connection between climate change and differences in atmospheric pressure that causes slower moving waves in the air that contain the polar vortex.
    PreventionWeb News on Thursday, 28 February 2019
  • This report presents estimates of the financial impact of major displacement crises in eight countries: the Central African Republic, Haiti, Libya, the Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen. Of these countries, Haiti, the Philippines and Somalia experienced displacement as a result of natural hazards. Using publicly available...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Saturday, 16 February 2019
  • This report is written for government and non-government agencies and organisations with a stake, role or interest in public heatwave risk communication. The research findings shared here are displayed in a way that hopefully affords translation into communication practice, whilst stimulating critical reflection on current strategies.Overall, the aim...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Saturday, 16 February 2019
  • This report outlines the plan for building urban resilience in the city of Chicago, covering inclusive and socially cohesive communities, city infrastructure and preparedness for extreme weather events. Resilient Chicago seeks to address four principle challenges by creating a more connected city where residents, neighborhoods, institutions, corporations,...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Saturday, 16 February 2019
  • The interconnected – or cascading – social and economic impacts are the focus of this research, which builds on the Climate Change Impacts and Implications (CCII) work completed in 2016. Working with local government, infrastructure and financial sectors, the research involved system scoping and impacts assessment, three stakeholder...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Saturday, 16 February 2019
  • This reference guide from the USAID-funded Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project provides an overview of the wide range of finance mechanisms available to governments to fund climate resilience initiatives at both the national and local level. The guide also outlines the opportunities and challenges for municipal governments...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Friday, 15 February 2019
  • This report from the USAID-funded Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project examines efforts to better understand and manage the risks of extreme heat on human wellbeing, including the public health burden heat poses and the direct and indirect impacts of heat waves. The report offers a review of available heat early warning systems...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Friday, 15 February 2019
  • This country diagnostic assessment seeks to strengthen financial preparedness for disasters in Fiji, focusing on insurance and other risk transfer instruments. It explores the current application of disaster risk financing solutions by the government, businesses, and individual households; related demand and supply constraints; and opportunities for...
    PreventionWeb Publications on Friday, 15 February 2019
  • The FAO has warned that rains and cyclones triggered a recent surge in Desert Locust populations, causing an outbreak to develop in Sudan and Eritrea that is rapidly spreading to Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Given the major threat these swarms pose to crop production and livelihoods, countries are using aerial and ground control methods to curb damages.
    PreventionWeb News on Friday, 15 February 2019
  • By Mami Mizutori

    GENEVA, 15 February, 2019 - The decision by Vale, the world’s largest manufacturer of iron ore, to decommission ten of its tailings dams in Brazil is welcome, but it will seem too little, and too late, for those who have lost loved ones and seen their environments destroyed by the failures of such structures.

    Tailings dam failures over the last five…

    UNISDR on Friday, 15 February 2019