In the past two years, the magnitude of disasters increased significantly in the Western Balkans, affecting 15 times more people and causing economic losses 30 times higher than the previous decade. A new network of hydro-meteorological stations in the Vrbas River basin supports flood forecasting and early warning systems to provide timely and precise information.
NASA has launched a hub in Niger that will use space-based observations to improve food security and better manage natural disasters in one of the regions in the world most vulnerable to climate change. Rising temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall are wreaking havoc on farmers, disrupting food production, and fuelling widespread hunger and malnutrition.
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Disasters keep happening, and taxpayers’ money keeps rebuilding the vulnerability. Despite deadlock in the federal government, local and state leaders are embracing creative policy options to mitigate the impact of a warmer earth. And still, they will be inadequate as they rest on a homeland security and disaster management system that has barely changed with them.