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Person walks next to a fountain during a heatwave, in Athens, Greece on July 16, 2021.
New accurate and reliable weather prediction models could help regions better ‘anticipate, prepare for, respond to and recover from’ these increasingly extreme weather events.
Among other things, they function as a sponge – absorbing and storing excess water due to heavy rains.
Old Residential High rise towers from North America of the 1970s
Some of the worst risk is where Canadians are probably least expecting it: in a zone running from the Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence River that includes major cities like Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City.
While nothing is certain, there is a lot of evidence on which to build some realistic expectations about how the pandemic will progress over the next year or so.
Vector image on self-healing
In the past two years alone, Australians have lived through bushfires, floods, cyclones, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Bapon Fakhruddin discusses why the COVID-19 pandemic requires thinking and decision making supported by a data ecosystem which looks much further into the future than previous short-term approaches.
Damaged buildings in Haiti
To estimate the impact on affected communities and to chart a path from early response to recovery, the government of Haiti launched a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) with support from the United Nations.
Impression of the levees in New Orleans, USA
The government had done its job by investing billions in levees and other infrastructure to protect New Orleans.
A multi-hazard early warning project aiming at sending advanced warnings of approaching hazards to communities ahead of disasters has been launched in Wenchuan County in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The document entitled “Response to the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons learned to date from the WHO European Region” takes an “all-hazards approach”, recognizing that it is impossible to predict with certainty what hazard will appear next and what its impacts will be.