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Climate change ups ante in disaster response, World Bank says

A World Bank report released last week calls climate change, rapid urbanization and climate-induced catastrophes “game changers” in the destinies of nations and the way they currently respond to disasters.

The report says it’s wise for countries to invest in disaster prevention rather than spend exorbitant amounts after hazards have struck. Titled Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters – the Economics of Effective Prevention, the report looks at economic effects of disasters – natural and manmade—and provides cost-effective solutions that countries can look at as they plan to tackle 21st century challenges like  climate change induced crises.

It warns that climate change-induced catastrophes, which it defines as “disasters that occur on a global scale and are likely to be irreversible over any realistic time frame for decision-making,” are going to be  … Continue Reading

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Friday event: Working with climate change

Friday, the New America Foundation is hosting the authors of “Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World” by Aron Cramer and Zackary Karabell. Cramer is president and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility, a research and consulting company that focuses on sustainable business strategies. Karabell is president of Twice River Research and a senior adviser to BSR.

The stories I’m working on for our project focus on the security of our way of life here at home, so I like to see what smart people write about how businesses are handling … Continue Reading

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CDC gives out climate change grants

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is giving eight states and two city health departments the first-ever grants to look at the health impacts of climate change.

Hotter temperatures and extreme weather conditions, such as droughts and floods, can lead to deadly heat stroke, respiratory illnesses and the spread of insect-borne and water-borne diseases, according to the CDC website.  Other concerns the CDC has linked with health and climate change are found here. … Continue Reading

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