When hurricanes Eta and Iota barrelled into Central America in November 2020, they flooded towns and cities, caused catastrophic losses in the agricultural sector and contributed to food insecurity.
According to a new expert panel report, bridging disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation practices is crucial to reducing exposure and vulnerability to disasters and bolstering public safety in a changing climate.
Sambouya, Gambia, Africa, December 15, 2020, horizontal wide angle photography: landscape with sandy ground, many holes, palm trees and sand mining big trucks, with bright sky, outdoors on a sunny day
We know that forests are crucial to fighting global climate change, but another important and perhaps less appreciated aspect is the way they affect the climate on a much more local scale.
An elderly Indian farmer reaches for a drink of water during a sweltering day
Premsagar Tasgaonkar, Komal Modhave and Yogesh Shinde from the Watershed Organisation Trust, India describe how they have established a system to warn farmers in rural areas when heat levels are forecast to rise to dangerous levels.
‘Every year, we have earthquakes and hurricanes in Haiti, and when the disasters happen, that’s when we start to prepare.’
How susceptible is Luxembourg to flood risk, what extreme weather events have occurred in recent years, and how may climate change impact on the country?
Coastal cities are booming centers of economic prosperity, leisure, and commerce: Some 40% of the world’s population resides within 60 miles of a coastline, and nearly half of Americans live in coastal counties.
Woman flying a drone over a field of lettuce
In the Dry Corridor of Central America, persistent drought—interrupted by violent storms that do further damage to crops—is driving farmers from land they’ve cultivated for generations.
Image of a network with pins and thread
Whether a transformer catches fire in a power grid, a species disappears from an ecosystem, or water floods a city street, many systems can absorb a certain amount of disruption.
Women in Assam State, India wade through floods after heavy downpour
As climate change increases the incidence of flooding, women in the north Indian state of Bihar are becoming more vulnerable to violence and trafficking.