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28/02/2019
The dreaded polar vortex is bringing its icy grip to parts of the U.S. thanks to a blast of warm air in the Arctic, as sudden stratospheric warming caused a mass of cold air to move southward. Scientists see a connection between climate change and differences in atmospheric pressure that causes slower moving waves in the air that contain the polar vortex.
16/02/2019
This report presents estimates of the financial impact of major displacement crises in eight countries: the Central African Republic, Haiti, Libya, the Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen. Of these countries, Haiti, the Philippines and Somalia experienced displacement as a result of natural hazards. Using publicly available...
16/02/2019
This report is written for government and non-government agencies and organisations with a stake, role or interest in public heatwave risk communication. The research findings shared here are displayed in a way that hopefully affords translation into communication practice, whilst stimulating critical reflection on current strategies.Overall, the aim...
16/02/2019
This report outlines the plan for building urban resilience in the city of Chicago, covering inclusive and socially cohesive communities, city infrastructure and preparedness for extreme weather events. Resilient Chicago seeks to address four principle challenges by creating a more connected city where residents, neighborhoods, institutions, corporations,...
16/02/2019
The interconnected – or cascading – social and economic impacts are the focus of this research, which builds on the Climate Change Impacts and Implications (CCII) work completed in 2016. Working with local government, infrastructure and financial sectors, the research involved system scoping and impacts assessment, three stakeholder...
16/02/2019
This reference guide from the USAID-funded Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project provides an overview of the wide range of finance mechanisms available to governments to fund climate resilience initiatives at both the national and local level. The guide also outlines the opportunities and challenges for municipal governments...
16/02/2019
This report from the USAID-funded Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project examines efforts to better understand and manage the risks of extreme heat on human wellbeing, including the public health burden heat poses and the direct and indirect impacts of heat waves. The report offers a review of available heat early warning systems...
16/02/2019
This country diagnostic assessment seeks to strengthen financial preparedness for disasters in Fiji, focusing on insurance and other risk transfer instruments. It explores the current application of disaster risk financing solutions by the government, businesses, and individual households; related demand and supply constraints; and opportunities for...
15/02/2019
Observation networks in space provide routine flood data that officials can use to understand transboundary dam operations and to guide flood management strategies. Communities living downstream from dams, such as some in the Mekong River basin, now have many ways to see and prepare for potential dangers.
15/02/2019
Climate-related disasters are disrupting the operations of major American pharmaceutical companies, with recent incidents at facilities in New York and Texas illustrating how preparedness, or lack thereof, can either salvage or ruin research. But most major biotech and pharmaceutical companies have implemented various scales and types of preparedness...

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