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Friday, April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013

What happened this week?

Bolivia. A hailstorm disabled the production of 85 families in the township of Poroma
Between the hours of 1:00 - 2:00 AM on Sunday, April 7 a hailstorm hit three communities in the township of Poroma. The hailstorm merely lasted for 45 minutes. However, in that short period of time it was enough to destroy the crops of corn, beans, and wheat. It was not the hail itself that caused this disaster, it was the rise in water level of the river that was produced by the hailstorm. Which resulted in the flooding of the area and the destruction of such crops.
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Nicaragua. A forest fire in Masaya Volcano National Park has shutdown tourism until the fire can be contained
Brigades Fire Department (DGB) fight on Thursday to control a major fire in the area of ​​Masaya Volcano National Park, which is closed to national and foreign tourists for the emergency. By Wednesday night, the fire covered an area of 15 hectares and has spread up to a square mile.
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What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Honduras. Experts stress Central America must invest more in early warning systems for natural disasters 
Experts from Central America, United States, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic gathered in Tegucigalpa, between April 9-11, to discuss the importance of investing more in early warning systems for natural disasters. During this meeting Alejandro Maldonado, Director of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction in Guatemala, stated, ""(Central American governments) must invest more in early warning systems, for each dollar invested in prevention strengthens the future of the state and reduce the impact of disasters." Pablo Gonz├ílez, Director of Disasters Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change section of the GS/OAS, had this to say on the subject, "The population has grown, but has also been impoverished, economic and social inequalities have increased and that's what generates the vulnerability and risk to the public."

USA. Climate Change Series: Adapting To A New Reality

Even if we drastically cut carbon emissions, we still have to face the realities of a changing climate. So, while we have to think about reducing greenhouse gasses, now and in the future, we also have to begin implementing strategies to adapt to this new world of increasingly extreme and, to some extent, unknowable weather and climactic conditions. We need to adapt our cities, our farms and our way of life. We also need to understand how climate change will impact the plants and animals our ecosystems depend on.
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Canada. Nova Scotia announces flood plan for vulnerable communities
The Nova Scotia government is setting up a five-year funding scheme for which at-risk municipalities can apply. The government will provide $3 million a year, for five years, in funding to address flooding risks in vulnerable communities across the province.Each year, $300,000 will be used for risk assessments, $700,000 will go toward infrastructure - matched 50 per cent by the municipality - and $2 million will help improve dikes and berms.
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USA. Colorado water users prepare for more drought
Back-to-back, drought-plagued winters have prompted Colorado water users and providers to prepare for another dry year. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows all of Colorado is experiencing some level of drought this year. A large portion of southeastern Colorado is seeing exceptional drought—the most extreme condition on the U.S. Drought Monitor's five-level scale (drought level scale legend). Drew Beckwith, water policy manager for the Western Resource Advocates, said conservation and reuse of existing water supplies where it is allowed are more effective than building more reservoirs, which have yet to fill up.

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