New report: World counts the cost of a year of climate breakdown
- Extreme weather driven by climate change killed thousands around the world in 2018
- Christian Aid report identifies 10 events that cost more than $1 billion each, with four events costing more than $7 billion each
Extreme weather, driven by climate change, hit every populated continent in 2018, killing, injuring and displacing millions and causing major economic damage costing billions of dollars, according to a report by Christian Aid.
Following the positive reception of OCHA’s set of 250 public domain humanitarian icons in 2012, the organization is releasing an extended and completely redesigned new collection in 2018 (295 and counting).
The original suite was developed because at OCHA we understand that during the response to an emergency it is critical to share and understand complex information in a timely fashion. Icons — with their easily accessible, universal visual language — are vital to achieve this.
The unusually hot and dry summer in parts of the northern hemisphere has turned fields and forests into fuel for fires which are raging from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. These wildfires are devastating large regions, with far-reaching impacts for the environment, ecosystems, human health and the climate.
The wildfires are notable because they are happening in some places such as Scandinavia which are not accustomed to them. Advances in satellite technology has made it possible to monitor wildfire activity better than in the past.
Every year natural and man-made catastrophes cause a distressing loss of lives and considerable economic costs around the world. Both industrialised and developing countries are affected. Surprisingly, both are also materially underinsured.
This financing gap is borne largely by the public sector, and may create long-term fiscal instability at a time when government budgets are stretched. Furthermore rating agencies are starting to take a closer look at such contingent liabilities faced by public administrations.
• Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña phenomena occur periodically, exacerbating the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental and natural resource degradation, and land-use management challenges also increase populations’ vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards.
Erica Chuang is Study Coordinator/Data Analyst -Population Council, Jessie Pinchoff is Associate, Population Council & Stephanie Psaki is Deputy Director, GIRL Center - Population Council
El informe de la OMM destaca el impacto sobre la seguridad humana, el bienestar y el medioambiente
Éditorial d’Achim Steiner, Patricia Espinosa et Robert Glasser
De Miami à Porto Rico, en passant par La Barbade et La Havane, les ravages de la saison des ouragans dans toute l’Amérique latine et les Caraïbes ont sonné comme un rappel du fait que les effets du changement climatique ne connaissent pas de frontières.
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction - Joint op-ed By Achim Steiner, Patricia Espinosa and Robert Glasser
From Miami and Puerto Rico to Barbuda and Havana, the devastation of this year’s hurricane season across Latin America and the Caribbean serves as a reminder that the impacts of climate change know no borders.
UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive in Asia-Pacific without action on disaster resilience
Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
This reference manual provides in-depth knowledge on the techniques, methodologies and best practices for using geospatial information in support of decision making for disaster risk management for specific hazards. Space-based information can significantly enhance disaster emergency response and preparedness and producing and using such information is critical for evidence-based decision-making. While maps may often look similar, the nature of different types of hazards requires different, thematic-specific information products, which may not be immediately apparent.
Luke Kelly, Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
Eduard Plana Bach, Head of Unit of Forest Policy and Environmental Governance, Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia
Marc Font Bernet, Researcher in the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia
Parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States of America have seen extremely high May and June temperatures, with a number of records broken. The heatwaves are unusually early and are occurring as the Earth experiences another exceptionally warm year.