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Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17

What happened this week?

A week of severe weather across North, Central and South America.
On Nov 13, media reported wind storms on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and on Nov 12, powerful winds and rain affecting the greater Seattle area, Bellevue, Tacoma, Bremerton, and Olympia in the state of Washington, United States.

Read more on severe weather in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras and Uruguay 

Earthquake in Central America. As of Nov 15, the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies had  registered 373 earthquakes in Central America within the past 10 days. The earthquakes have been recorded in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. On Nov 14, the Costa Rica National Seismological Network reported 147 aftershocks related to the earthquake that occurred near Jacó, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica on  Nov 12.
 
Interesting Facts

Trees older than dinosaurs are found in Antarctica. These trees might have disappeared due to a massive increase of green house gasses in the atmosphere. Are we paying enough attention to paleoclimate? ... Read more

Archeology and El Niño: Paleoclimate records and lessons learned. Dr. Ana Cecilia Mauricio of the Pontific Catholic University of Peru explains the geoarcheological evidence about El Niño at the special panel on Climate Change during the VIII Regional Meeting on International Humanitarian Assistance Mechanisms in LAC. ... Read more

Peru fans celebrated 2018 World Cup finals qualification so wildly that earthquake alerts were sparked. When Jefferson Farfan opened the scoring in Lima on 28 minutes the party started with such force that seismic-measuring apps sent out warnings. ... Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

The case for linking disaster response to community resilience. With companies from Walmart to DHL stating their commitment to the welfare of the communities they serve, there is an opportunity for the private sector to lead the way in increasing small-business and community resilience during and after disaster events. ... Read more

New research could predict La Nina drought years in advance. Two new studies from the University of Texas at Austin have significantly improved scientists' ability to predict the strength and duration of droughts caused by La Niña - a recurrent cooling pattern in the tropical Pacific Ocean. ... Read more

UN, Stakeholders Launch Initiatives to Promote Risk Management and Transfer, Climate Insurance. Risk management and transfer-related initiatives announced at the UN Climate Change Conference include a risk transfer information hub, a climate insurance initiative and a programme to help investors better manage climate risks. ... Read more