Bushfire, Australia
Climate change is driving a worldwide increase in extreme events, and the risks of disasters are rising in Australia. This article offers four examples of potential solutions to stop bushfires, storms and floods in their tracks.
A person doing kayak in the flooded streets of Brisbane, Australia (2022)
A new report paints a concerning picture of ongoing and worsening climate change. In Australia, associated impacts such as extreme heat, bushfires, drought, heavy rainfall, and coastal inundation threaten our people and our environment.
A tsunami detector buoy is floated off the Nicobar Islands, India
Researchers have developed a novel method for monitoring the position of the seafloor with a drone-based observation device that could revolutionize oceanographic observation for earthquake risk.
The objective of the training was to improve the understanding of emergency operators on volcano and seismic hazards in the Dominica context, in order to be more prepared.
Earthquake damage in  Cianjur, West Java. November 2022
At magnitude 5.6, the earthquake at Cianjur, West Java, was relatively small, but its shallow depth of 10km made it particularly destructive. This event should serve as a wake-up call to improve building practices.
A man rows his boat off the coast of Dili, East Timor
In partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UNOPS is working to enhance early warning systems and build greater resilience to hydro-meteorological hazards in Timor-Leste.
People sending messages
The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 emphasized the need to strengthen systematic observations and to achieve universal coverage of early warning systems – two of the World Meteorological Organization’s top priorities.
Satellites with radar imaging sensors to see through clouds and map flooding could be used to provide faster, more detailed information to keep communities safe from flooding.
Crossing the Arctic Ocean earlier and later in the day, the satellites will reveal exchanges heat with the atmosphere at previously unobserved times. And Aqua will be primed to explore the severe storms and wildfires that tend to peak in late afternoon.
High up in a telecommunications tower on a South Eugene ridge, a climber is barely visible. His bright blue jacket blends in with the sky as he attaches a white microwave dish to the tower’s metal limbs.