Tagged with Disaster

A Guide to Public-Sector Resilience Bond Sponsorship

re:focus partners / by Shalini Vajjhala and James Rhodes http://brook.gs/2xl2mmy [Brookings Institution] So how can governments at all levels take a different approach to managing natural disasters? In a new report, A Guide to Public-Sector Resilience Bond Sponsorship, my co-author James Rhodes and I highlight how Resilience Bonds can help local, state, and federal government agencies and international development banks … Continue reading

Two Congressional Budget Office Papers on Hurricane Damage

Congressional Budget Office Potential Increases in Hurricane Damage in the United States: Implications for the Federal Budget How much will hurricane damage increase in coming years because of climate change and coastal development? This report examines the implications for the federal budget and three approaches for decreasing the pressure for federal spending. CBO’s Approach to … Continue reading

Coal Dust from Shipping Threatens Great Barrier Reef: Australian Study

Simulated Coal Spill Causes Mortality and Growth Inhibition in Tropical Marine Organisms Scientific American (2016, Article number: 25894; doi:10.1038/srep25894) / by Kathryn L. E. Berry, et al. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25894 [Science Daily]  Australian researchers have raised fresh concerns that a major shipping disaster could harm the Great Barrier Reef, with new research revealing coal dust in seawater … Continue reading

2016 Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2016)

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), Norwegian Refugee Council http://www.internal-displacement.org/globalreport2016/ [Voice of America] …More than 19 million people were uprooted by natural disasters in 113 countries, mostly in India, China and Nepal [in 2015]. Extreme weather such as storms and floods were the main culprits. In Nepal alone, 2.6 people were uprooted by earthquakes in April … Continue reading

Inundation of 5 Solomon Islands Linked to Climate Change: Australian Study

Interactions Between Sea-level Rise and Wave Exposure on Reef Island Dynamics in the Solomon Islands Environmental Research Letters (2016, v11 n5 p054011; doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054011) http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054011 Low-lying reef islands in the Solomon Islands provide a valuable window into the future impacts of global sea-level rise. Sea-level rise has been predicted to cause widespread erosion and inundation of … Continue reading

Disaster Risk Management and Fiscal Policy : Narratives, Tools, and Evidence Associated with Assessing Fiscal Risk and Building Resilience

World Bank / by Reinhard Mechler, et al. http://bit.ly/24HbHPZ This paper addresses the question whether and how co-benefits, through disaster resilience building, can be further promoted. Co-benefits are defined as positive externalities that arise deliberately as a result of a joint strategy that pursues several objectives synergistically at the same time, such as disaster risk … Continue reading