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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.

Digital thermometer showing a high temperature in a town
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This article covers what you need to know about the heat index and some better ways meteorologists can talk about the risks of extreme heat.
Conversation Media Group, the
Hurricane in the Caribbean, palm tree on a beach
Update
Dozens of researchers teamed up in 2023 to form the Caribbean Climate Adaptation Network to connect scientists with communities and government agencies in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to provide information to prepare for climate extremes.
Conversation Media Group, the
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Documents and publications
While global climate finance has steadily increased over the past decade, much more is needed to keep global temperature rises within 1.5°C by the end of this century and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
a hazard sign on a beach in Tel Aviv with sirens to facilitate early warnings systems
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Efficient public warning systems save lives. Their efficacy has been highlighted in recent events across the world and is proven to be the difference between swift evacuations or fatal outcomes in the face of disasters.
Open Access Government
River in a forest
Research briefs
Declining snowfall is changing the seasonal patterns of streamflow throughout the Northern Hemisphere, boosting chances of water shortages in the summer, scientists have found.
University of Bristol
Groundwater coming out of a pipe.
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Shallow groundwater is projected to warm on average between 2.1°C and 3.5°C by the end of the century, according to a world-first global groundwater temperature model.
Newcastle University
Indigenous Fijian girl walking on flooded land in Fiji
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Each and every climate-related disaster poses a risk to people's lives, livelihoods, homes, safety and access to services. This risk is not gender-neutral.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Homeowners in front of their house after floods.
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Home buyouts that reduce risk and benefit communities must draw from both the lived experience of residents and the learned experience of professionals.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Amazon indigenous family living on floating wooden house in Brazil
Research briefs
Between 24 April and 4 May 2024 over 420 mm of rain fell in Brazil’s southernmost state Rio Grande do Sul, leading to more than 90% of the state being affected by flooding.
World Weather Attribution
Nepal - Badil Lama is an engineer trained in landslide mitigation by building safer roads
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Scientists from multiple universities teamed up with the Government of Nepal and Australia to deliver a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence system that can analyse the amount of data needed to identify when rain-soaked ground is about to give-way.
University of Melbourne
University of Florence
Tribhuvan University
Nepal - government
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australia
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