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World enters critical period of intensified risks in 2018 - WEF

WEF

Environmental risks, including extreme weather and natural disasters, dominate the Global Risk Perception Survey for the second year running. But the positive economic outlook gives leaders the opportunity to tackle systemic fragility affecting societies, economies, international relations and the environment.

  • Award-winning Nepalese farmers grow bananas to avert floods

    TRF

    Rising global temperatures have shrunk Nepal’s glaciers, with meltwater forming lakes that flood regularly, causing widespread destruction. But farmers clearing forests for agriculture are also to blame, experts say. In the Banganga basin, women are on the frontline of a campaign to persuade farmers to adopt soil-friendly crops whose roots help control erosion on slopes.

  • Why the Swiss are experts at predicting avalanches

    swissInfo.ch

    ‘Managing avalanche danger’ is the focus of last year’s joint application by Switzerland and Austria for Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage status. For their bid, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture insists that a “large and informal body of knowledge” on avalanches has passed on down through the generations.

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