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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.

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This report provides a snapshot of climate trends, variability, observed high-impact weather and climate events, and associated risks and impacts in key sensitive sectors for the period January–December 2020 in the LAC region.
Wildfire Crescent Fire in Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, USA
Research briefs
Thousands of COVID-19 cases and deaths in California, Oregon, and Washington between March and December 2020 may be attributable to increases in fine particulate air pollution.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Aerial photo of floods in Indonesia
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The latest IPCC report is a reminder of why we must invest in flood resilience and adaptation and focus attention on vulnerable communities already living with the impacts of climate change.
Flood Resilience Portal
Clam Pass river that travels through the marsh estuary that leads down to Clam Pass Beach in Naples, Florida, USA
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Coastal wetlands reduce the damaging effects of tropical cyclones on coastal communities by absorbing storm energy in ways that neither solid land nor open water can.
Conversation Media Group, the
Cloud of smoke over a forest
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The WMO is seeking to verify a reported temperature of 48.8°C (119.8°F) in Sicily, Italy, on 11 August 2021 and to establish whether this is a new temperature record for continental Europe.
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Woman collecting water from a water tap in Nepal
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Water availability and quality will increasingly be impacted by climate change, putting vulnerable communities at risk, unless steps are taken now to build resilience, researchers warn.
Science and Development Network
A firefighting plane releases its load of water as it tries to extinguish a fire in Xelidoni village in the area of Ancient Olympia, Greece (2021)
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Disaster experts call for a pivot to prevention techniques to staunch wildfires scorching in Greece, Italy and Algeria, but former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said a unit which used them was scrapped in austerity measures.
Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org
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Documents and publications
This report outlines the importance of applying a systemic risk lens to help prevent the escalation and reduce the impact of future pandemics.
A security guard of a local residential building is drinking water to beat the heat in Mumbai, India (2017)
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India government agencies and research organizations are developing city-specific action plans to mitigate heat impacts.
Earth Observatory of Singapore - Nanyang Technological University
Pest in the barley
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A mobile phone app will support farmers across Africa to adopt environmentally friendly ways of protecting their crops from pests.
University of Leeds
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