New Google-powered software will help the world tackle problems related to climate change, deforestation and food production, the FAO reported on Friday as it presented its revamped online platform. Open Foris, the FAO software, uses high-resolution satellite images to monitor the environment and changes in land use and forest cover freeing up time for analysis.
The Global Assessment Report (GAR) aims to focus international attention on disaster risk, the need to manage and reduce it, and consolidate political and economic support. The International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment has published a special issue on selected input/theme papers associated with GAR 2015, with free access until July 31/16.
In Canada and the US, the Depave movement is tearing up hard surfaces in favour of gardens to soak up rainwater and help prevent flooding. Meanwhile, Britain’s front gardens are being paved for parking while back gardens become patios. As intense rainfalls in Britain are becoming the new norm, gardens are seriously under-rated for flood protection and risk reduction.