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El Nino gone; winter outlook unclear

DON JENKINS August, 2019 A weak El Nino went away in July as sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean along the equator cooled to within a normal range, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center estimated the chances of neutral conditions sticking through […]

Drought! A Zimbabwe Case Study

Originally published January 2017 The Government of Zimbabwe has been under fire from the international community because of the lack of relevant democratic institutions, a result of the Mugabe regime’s attempt to hold on to power. Assistance for development or even sustainable DRR activities cannot be counted on. Given […]

The Ostrich Paradox ($.99!!)

Why We Underprepare for Disasters Robert Meyer and Howard Kunreuther “The Ostrich Paradox boldly addresses a key question of our time: Why are we humans so poor at dealing with disastrous risks, and what can we humans do about it? It is a must-read for everyone who cares about […]

How El Niño is threatening livelihoods

El Niño-driven drought has already left more than 34 million people hungry in Eastern and Southern Africa, and this is set to double in 2016. ActionAid is helping people in the countries most severely hit by El Niño. We’re giving emergency food to people in Ethiopia, Somaliland, Zimbabwe and Malawi. And […]