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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.

A farmer testing soil by hand
Research briefs
Agricultural water scarcity is expected to increase in more than 80% of the world’s croplands by 2050, according to a new study. Examining water requirements, it predicts whether the water available will meet the needs under climate change.
American Geophysical Union
Flooded nature reserve, Wümmewiesen, Germany
Research briefs
Ecological flood control is effective, technically possible and economically efficient; however the approach is often not used because of the high administrative and legal hurdles.
Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.
California wildfires, July 2021
In 2020 California experienced record-breaking wildfires. A new report recommends that fire managers shift their emphasis from reducing burned area to reducing fire severity and fire damage, and restoring key ecosystem functions after fires.
University of California, Davis
Cooling down during a heat wave, April 2017 in Calcutta, India.
As the planet continues to warm, extreme heat will become more commonplace. This is particularly dire for India and Pakistan, as steps to improve air quality will actually increase temperatures during heatwaves.
Conversation Media Group, the
Cover of the ESCAP publication: shipwreck in the dried Aral Sea
Documents and publications
Recognizing the context of the UN Special Programme for the Aral Sea basin, ESCAP’s study using a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary disaster risk reduction approach aims to devise a regional mechanism involving all concerned countries of the Aral Sea.
A thermometer showing high temperatures. A city is blurred in the background.
Research briefs
A new study has revealed the most intense heatwaves ever across the world – and remarkably some of these went almost unnoticed decades ago.
University of Bristol
An Indian woman sparkling water on to the street in front of her light blue house.
An extreme heatwave in India and Pakistan has left more than a billion people in one of the most densely populated parts of the world facing temperatures well above 40℃. The hottest part of the year is yet to come.
Conversation Media Group, the
Image from the portal shows storms across West Africa on 27 April 2022
An online portal developed by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) will enable forecasters in West Africa to provide communities with earlier and more reliable warnings about large storms.
UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Taal Volcano on the Philippines during sunset.
Communities benefit through improved access to information, financial assistance, and disaster response capacity-strengthening tools when local governments employ an inclusive anticipation approach in managing volcanic risks.
Start Network
An Indian girl wearing a hat to protect her from the sun and the heat with a bottle of water in her hands.
As people across the country crank up the AC, the grid is struggling to cope: a peek into a future in which climate change drives more extreme weather.
The Third Pole
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