One of the most important historic sites in America has been put on a list of endangered places. Preservation groups warn that Jamestown, Virginia, may not survive another generation because of climate change.
A geographical information system on its own is not able to explain human factors behind flood vulnerability. South Africa’s laws make provision for using indigenous knowledge in reducing flood risk. But the use of this approach is still relatively low.
Communities possess local experiences that allow them to adapt and respond to disasters. Knowledge exchange between the UK, Nepal and Thailand is helping researchers better understand and explore solutions to the risks facing these communities.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
The IPCC report suggests that places that only experience fire every 400 years will experience them every 50 years. The report further states that fires, combined with pests and other factors, could result in the loss of $459 billion in forestry by 2080.
While all people are forced to confront similar challenges such as forced evacuations, loss of property and damage to businesses, Aboriginal people are once again over-represented in the number of people impacted by disaster.
This research on (in)visible communities confronting climate change and environmental injustice asks how climate-induced disasters intensify social inequities. This research shows that more equitable approaches to disaster preparation are possible.