Disasters – especially narrowly averted ones such as Oroville Dam in Northern California– create a window of opportunity for change. Strategic investments in expanding natural water infrastructure is important as they provide multiple benefits including flood protection, multiple other benefits such as water quality improvements.
Many parts of the Greater Horn of Africa are expected to receive below average rainfall in the important March to May rainy season, worsening food security and water availability in countries already seriously hit by drought, according to a new seasonal outlook issued by the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum.
The Deputy Minister of Health in Viet Nam urged agencies and local authorities in the southern region to take preventive measures against outbreaks of dengue and Zika virus infections. Continued infections may be inevitable if surveillance and other measures are not taken to control mosquitoes that act as the primary vector for Zika transmission.