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Friday, August 7, 2015

August 7, 2015

What happened this week?

Honduras: Two million people living in the so-called dry corridor of Central America face a prolonged drought that threatens to turn into a humanitarian and food security crisis on a large scale. The Panama regional office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) expressed concern about the situation and warned of these risks... Read More

Puerto Rico: Drought. July was the driest month in history. Reservoir levels continue to drop. 83.17% of the island is under drought conditions. According to an expert, half the water received, some 400 million gallons/day is lost. A joint operation for reservoirs and wells to be more cost-effective as well as securing resources to maintain the system and minimize losses has been proposed... Read More

Bolivia. Department of La Paz. 500 families affected in the municipalities of Ulla Ulla, Quime, and Escoma Heladas. Roofs on houses were damaged by winds. There is also a report of llamas and alpacas that have died in Escoma due to the cold weather... Read More

Canada: In Teviotdale, Ontario on Sunday, an EF-2 tornado tore the roof off a home and damaged another as a result of the intense storms that spread across southern Ontario, downed power lines and trees were also reported... Read More

United States: 

  • State of California State: wild Fire, the counties of Lake, Yolo, and Colusa have declared mandatory evacuations for 1,478 residents due to the Rocky Fire. 6,959 structures have been threatened 3 have been damaged, and 50 have been destroyed... Read More
  • Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands: Soudelor has made landfall directly over Saipan (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CMNI)). CNMI public health reports that 20-30 people have been injured but there are no fatalities. There is widespread damage, 48,000 residents remain without power and primary power plants have been damaged... Read More

Chile:  Strong winds with the strength of a tornado caused power outages and trees to fall on public roads yesterday night in San Carlos... Read More

Interesting Facts
Climate change skeptics may be about to lose one of their favorite arguments. Whenever you point to melting ice in polar regions, climate change doubters or skeptics have an answer. Ice floating atop the seas around Antarctica, they point out, is growing — and that’s not what you would expect from global warming, right?... Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Apple, GM, Google and the $140 billion pledge to combat climate change. In preparation of COP21, officials from 13 of America’s largest companies including Apple, Walmart, and Goldman Sachs gathered with Secretary of State John Kerry at the White House to announce a $140 billion pledge in low-carbon investments... Read More

Study outlines ways to reduce El NiƱo flood risk while protecting natural habitat. A team of scientists from UC Santa Cruz and the Nature Conservancy has published a study that provides a method for the state to reduce the risk of flooding, save coastal buildings and structures, and preserve habitat...  Read More

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