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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 man wades through the flood in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Research briefs
A research team from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and the German Research Centre for Geosciences has presented a flood forecasting system that provides not only timely water levels but also dynamic high-resolution flood inundation maps
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH
Documents and publications
This report provides a comprehensive snapshot of good practices related to adaptive social protection advancements within the LAC region.
Urban garden planting in Mexico City
Proponents say that floating gardens could provide an important, sustainable food source as the city faces historic drought.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Arial view of rainforest jungle in Brasil
Research briefs
The increase was confirmed by an analysis of satellite images, contrasting with a drop in deforestation and the total number of fires detected in the Amazon. The Brazilian government’s says it is partnering with other institutions to combat wildfires.
São Paulo Research Foundation (Agência FAPESP)
Wildfires north of the city of Athens, Greece (2021)
Research briefs
The authors propose a long-term strategy for integrating wildfire risk management into forest land management and note that large fires are often followed by investment in fire-fighting infrastructure, but not wildfire mitigation and prevention.
PNAS Nexus
Hurricane Irma traverses the Eastern Caribbean in this satellite view
One of the big contributors to the record-breaking global temperatures over the past year – El Niño – is nearly gone, and its opposite, La Niña, is on the way. Whether that’s a relief or not depends in part on where you live.
Conversation Media Group, the
Bird's eye view of the exit of an expressway located between two tunnel portals, Ribeira da Janela, Madeira, Portugal
The article posits that company boards looking to understand how climate will affect their supply chain should understand where their main “hubs” are
University of Maryland
Redwood forest canopy
This blog focuses on how forests' ability to regulate the movement of rainwater and snowmelt through forested landscapes can be degraded by industrial logging. It is part of a joint series between the David Suzuki Foundation and NRDC.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Chittagong, Bangladesh, 05 August, 2023 Due to continuous heavy rain, roads in different areas of Chittagong were flooded on Saturday.
Research briefs
A high-accuracy, low-cost sensor network may change the way urban floods are detected and monitored.
Eos - AGU
Aerial view of trees in a park
It’s estimated that close to 7 billion people will live in urban areas in 2050. For people to thrive in a more dangerous world, cities will need to look very different.
Conversation Media Group, the
Bookshelves in a library.
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