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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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Delving into the intricate relationship between culture, identity and disaster preparedness and response, this report highlights the importance of integrating cultural considerations into disaster risk reduction & disaster response work.
A worker labouring in the cane fields to harvest sugar cane at Siloah, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
The Abilities Foundation is one of six schools and community centres in Kingston to receive rainwater harvesting tanks courtesy of CityAdapt, an effort led by UNEP to help Caribbean communities contend with climate change.
United Nations Environment Programme
Nepalis wait as engineers remove a boulder fallen on the road due to a landslide
In Landslides, it is difficult to locate potential survivors, as landslides carry away buildings and their occupants in an unpredictable manner. What causes these devastating events and why are they so sudden and unpredictable?
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Recent prescribed burning beside a main road in southern Queensland, assisting in firefighter safety, firefighting/ backburning and reducing bushfire escape/ travel risks.
With greater knowledge and understanding of the role of fire in the Australian landscape, we can take better care of native vegetation on private land. There's a strong case to be made for private landholders to conduct their own cool burns.
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Landslide-affected road
More than 2,000 people are now feared dead after a huge landslide buried a village in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, Australia's nearest neighbor.
Conversation Media Group, the
Hail storm
This column uncovers significant, sustained adverse effects of natural disasters on the US economy and financial markets. Disasters disrupt economic ac-tivity across labour, production, consumption, investment, and housing sectors.
Indian farmer transporting harvest goods on a bike in a flooded street
India’s Barak Valley in the northeast was devastated by back-to-back floods in 2022. Two years on, is it better prepared for future disasters?
Dialogue Earth
Arctic sea with ice
Research briefs
New research uses gravity-sensing satellites to track how changes in water storage on land can cause unexpected fluctuations in sea levels.
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Hurricane Florence seen from Space in September 2018
If the National Hurricane Center’s early forecast is right, the North Atlantic could see 17 to 25 named storms, 8 to 13 hurricanes, and 4 to 7 major hurricanes by the end of November. That’s the most named storms in any NOAA preseason forecast.
Conversation Media Group, the
Global concept of climate change
Climate adaptation encompasses many approaches. In some cases, adaptation takes the form of physical structures that can be seen and touched, such as constructing flood control infrastructure like dams and weirs
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