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New research reveals how communities can better cope and move on from the trauma of disasters, and build hope for the future.
Aalto University
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New research evaluates how floating devices that harness the energy of the oceans’ waves might be able to get power back online after hurricanes.
American Institute of Physics
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New research suggests that climate change makes it increasingly difficult for tree seedlings, which are vulnerable to hot and dry weather, to regenerate following wildfires in low-elevation forests, possibly contributing to abrupt forest loss. The results highlight how future fires in similar sites may catalyse transitions from forest to non-forest ecosystems.
University of Montana
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After 2017’s record year of billion-dollar disaster events and additional hurricanes and fires in 2018, a new study reveals that inconsistent non-profit resources across different jurisdictions had impacted disaster recovery efforts, especially in areas that needed the most help. Despite inconsistencies, non-profits still provide essential support and funding.
University of Texas
Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency has announced that there will be classes on disaster mitigation at 250,000 schools located in disaster-prone areas. The classes will either be integrated into the curriculum or through extracurricular activities and, unlike previous efforts, anyone can administer them, not just ministry staff.
Jakarta Post, the
A new UNESCAP report analyses the impact of disasters on SIDS and maps out the impact on a cluster of SDGs. While the Pacific SIDS are heavily reliant on ocean resources, most of the disasters that affect them are oceanogenic. To build resilient SIDS, there is a need to connect the dots - science, geospatial data, statistics, and policy interfaces.
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP)
A religious leader in the Philippines has said that during the post-Typhoon Yolanda recovery, more than 30,000 families have benefited from the Catholic Church's PHP 3.2 billion rehabilitation and reconstruction program. The program is one success amid several innovative accomplishments that have helped the Church implement its recovery projects.
Philippines News Agency
Many rural Tongan women are tackling the various challenges wrought by this year's Cyclone Gita - one of the worst storms to pass Tonga in 60 years - with hard work and leadership. With the help of UN Women, they are responding to the needs of the community, self-mobilizing and connecting with the private sector to secure resources.
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
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New research finds that damage caused by natural disasters and recovery efforts launched in their aftermaths have increased wealth inequality between races in the United States.
Rice University
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Buddhist pagodas are identified as sites of community organization and information dissemination, and would likely serve as important sites for seeking assistance during a major crisis or information dissemination about natural disaster preparedness. These religious institutions could also function as a refuge during or after disasters since they harbour donations.
Resilience to Nature's Challenges

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