Climate-related disasters increase the risk of armed conflicts, with one quarter of the violent struggles in ethnically divided countries preceded by extreme weather. The scientists behind the new research say it could be used to predict where future violence might flare, allowing preventative measures to be taken, with the co-benefit of climate stabilisation: peace.
The Weather Company (TWC) will leverage parent company IBM’s Watson IoT platform to provide critical weather data to governments and businesses in underserved areas to better prepare for impending disasters. Armed with multiple sensors, TWC hopes to use these weather stations and cognitive computing power to provide localised forecasts for millions around the world.
In a new book titled 'Dull Disasters', Daniel Clarke calls to make dealing with disasters a dull event rather than a media circus. He discusses ways to ‘dull’ or reduce the impact of disasters, building on existing examples and financial instruments to put in place concrete, coordinated, and credible plans pre-disaster.