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Friday, March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013

What happened this week?

Bolivia. Emergency was declared in Cochabamba, with more than 6,000 families affected by floods
In the Tropics of Cochabamba, there have been floods that have caused much damage and has affected more than 6,000 families. One of the biggest concern reported by Governor Edmundo Novillo and Secretary of Defense of Mother Earth, Tatiana Sanabria, were the approximate 5105 hectares of crops (mostly bananas) that were lost in the disaster. Additionally, 108 families have been evacuated from the region. Weather reports state that the rain will not cease until the weekend.
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USA. Drought 2012/2013 - Second Most Expensive Natural Disaster in History
The twin effects of surging costs and lost income for farmers could make the drought the second most expensive natural disaster in history, after Hurricane Katrina. Between 2012 and 2013, food prices are expected to rise up to 4 percent. Livestock farmers are probably the hardest hit, followed by ethanol and biodiesel fuel refiners.
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Interesting Facts

No, its not Photoshop. Its actual volcanic lighting!
We did not know about volcanic lightning until we saw the pictures by photographer Martin Rietze, who captured this eruption of the Sakurajima Valcano, Japan in February of 2013. According to Wikipedia, a study in the journal Science indicated that electrical charges are generated when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide and produce static charges, just as ice particles collide in regular thunderstorms (Wikipedia).
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What’s New in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Nicaragua. The Army of Nicaragua ran disasters drills at different sites in Managua
The military said, as part of the training to deal with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, fires and other contingencies, it will run disasters drills at several sites in Managua. The exercises will include theoretical and practical exercises to address emergency situations for the general public and military facilities. With Managua crossing two fault lines and with the high density of population the Government is obligated to strengthen preventive measures for potential natural hazards.
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Mexico. Drought, the worst natural disaster without prevention policies
Mexico is seeing 37% of its country suffering from very dry conditions. It is estimated that in February there was a 27% lower than the historical average rainfall for the month. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Michel Jarraud stated that, "Climate change will increase the frequency, intensity and duration of drought events. We can not continue to react on a case by case." And several institutions believe that countries should follow the example of Australia, the only country with a national policy to combat droughts, which in the opinion of the experts should focus on early warning, forecasting and risk management.
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USA. Climate Change an imminent security threat
Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, the US top military office in charge of monitoring actions by North Korea and the escalating tensions between China and Japan, stated that the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific is climate change. He stated that when whole countries such as the island of Tarawa in Kiribati, which is on the verge of dissapearing on account of rising sea levels, "consider moving their entire population to another country ... then security will start to crumble pretty quickly."
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USA. Fixing Poverty and Climate Change. Related Challenges
The United Nations has set two huge energy-related goals for the coming century. The first is to bring electricity to the 1.3 billion people who still don’t have it. The second is to curtail fossil fuel use and keep global warming below 2°C. How do we go about it?
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Jamaica. Buses advertise for climate change
Last month, the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change unveiled an advertising campaign which seeks to draw national attention to the critical issue of climate change, where buses have been emblazoned with slogans such as 'Climate Change: We have to Change' and messages urging persons to protect the environment.
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