Lessons Learned: Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate


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Lessons About Lessons Learning in Theory and Practice Lessons About Lessons Learning in Theory and Practice Individuals and governments are in the lessons learning business so-to-speak. Just about every organization goes through the “ritual” of identifying formally or informally good and bad lessons (especially bad ones) from its […]

The Strongest Hurricane Ever Recorded Is Heading for Mexico


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The strongest hurricane ever measured in the Western Hemisphere is hours from striking near Mexico’s biggest port and a popular holiday resort, threatening catastrophic damage to property and posing danger to the lives of anyone caught in its path. Hurricane Patricia is forecast to go ashore between Puerto […]

Ethiopia, a Nation of Farmers, Strains Under Severe Drought


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  Carcasses of cattle litter the landscape in northeastern Ethiopia. More than 80 percent of Ethiopia’s population works in agriculture, making the country especially vulnerable to drought. Credit Jacey Fortin for The New York Times       MIESO, Ethiopia — Every day, Yasin Mohammed Aliye stakes out […]

California residents urged to buy flood insurance ahead of El Nino


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  By Adrienne Bankert Friday, October 23, 2015 05:11PM LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Californians in flood-prone areas are being warned to buy their insurance now. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, says most homeowners at risk don’t have federal flood insurance. And once El Nino pounds the […]

Lessons Learned: The Expert Forum


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Expert Forum on Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned About Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate Michael Glantz, et al. The reason for convening the Expert Forum is that many “lessons learned” have in fact only been “identified” without further evaluation or application. There are no preset criteria […]

El Niño Strikes Ethiopia


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Ethiopia is suffering its worst drought in more than a decade, a condition exacerbated by El Niño, the water-warming phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean that has affected weather patterns and reduced rainfall levels across a large chunk of Africa, hitting Ethiopia particularly hard. More than 80 percent of […]

Federal Forecasters Say El Niño Will Mean a Wet Winter for the Southern U.S.


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Federal forecasters say El Niño will mean a wet winter for the southern U.S. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY 12:57 p.m. EDT October 16, 2015 A wet winter is forecast for the southern tier of the U.S while drier-than-average conditions are likely in the northern Rockies, northern Plains, and […]