In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the US housing department launched a $1bn multidisciplinary design competition, Rebuild By Design. The initiative represents a dramatic shift in disaster planning, adopting a more comprehensive and collaborative research and design approach to address complex problems and improve resiliency – in the New York region and beyond.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), launched at the World Economic Forum, aim to protect the world from future epidemic by developing new vaccines for emerging infectious diseases. CEPI initially plans to target three viruses that have known potential to cause serious epidemics.
The number of devastating floods that trigger insurance payouts has more than doubled in Europe since 1980, according to new research by Munich Re. This steep increase in flash floods is in line with climate change. Munich Re warns that the trend is a non-linear one, following a pattern that will be significantly determined by manmade greenhouse gas emissions.