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Why isn't there a global body to monitor drought?

Guardian, the

Drought is arguably the biggest single threat from climate change, reports the Guardian. Its impacts are global. Some say drought triggered the crisis in Syria that sent tens of thousands of refugees heading for Europe this summer. Yet calls to head off future disasters by establishing a UN body to provide a global drought early warning system, first made almost a decade ago, remain unfulfilled...

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    A small community on the disaster prone coast of Bangladesh is translating the Sendai Framework into the local dialect as part of an ongoing community revival since it was hit hard by Cyclone Sidr in 2007. At the centre of these resilience-building activities, based on use of local and traditional knowledge, is the work being done with children attending East Sujonkathi primary school’s Somaj...

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