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Every week the PreventionWeb team of editors selects the latest news and research, reports and publications on disaster risk reduction – here is their selection of the latest must-read content.

Documents and publications
This paper estimates that the macroeconomic damages from climate change are six times larger than previously thought.
A Syrian girl at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
The economic damage wrought by climate change is six times worse than previously thought, with global heating set to shrink wealth at a rate consistent with the level of financial losses of a continuing permanent war, research has found.
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Family collecting their harvest on a truck, India
The first year that production fell, he assumed bad weather was to blame. The reality was much more dire.
Yale Climate Connections
Shepherd leading a flock of goats in a sandy and dusty environment in Africa.
A record-breaking drought, fueled by the El Niño weather pattern, has caused widespread crop failure and national emergency declarations in Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Without harvests of maize, millions in the region are facing a severe hunger crisis.
Yale Environment 360
Logistics and transport of container ships and cargo aircraft with crane bridge in the shipyard
Research briefs
A new study led by the CMCC also highlights the possible effects on production and prices of agricultural commodities.
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici
The relationship between climate and malaria transmission is complex and has been the subject of intense study for some three decades.
Conversation Media Group, the
Hurricane winds battering a coast
Research briefs
A new study estimates that climate change could cost $38 trillion per year, but emissions mitigation and adaptation strategies could limit future damages.
Eos - AGU
A man treks the banks of a lake high up Nepal near Mt. Everest
Despite earlier mitigation measures, the ‘critically dangerous’ Tsho Rolpa glacial lake has expanded further, with 6,000 households facing an imminent threat.
Dialogue Earth
A boy raises his hand in class. Burundi
In 2020, the World Food Programme and the Burundi Red Cross launched a new partnership-based project to develop anticipatory actions for various hazards, including floods caused by extreme rainfall and drought.
Anticipation Hub
Field of dead corals, due to warming oceans
Research briefs
A recent study led by Koll on future projections for the Indian Ocean, published in Science Direct, projects marine heatwaves as increasing from 20 days per year (during 1970–2000) to as much as 250 days per year.
Science and Development Network
Bookshelves in a library.
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