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Located on the Ring of Fire, Indonesia is prone to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. YT Haryono/Reuters

Why political will is important to reduce risks of disaster

What is political will or political commitment to disaster risk reduction? Why is it important to measure political commitment? And how to measure it?
Burning invasive, nonnative grasses on federal land at Lower Table Rock, Oregon. BLM

Invasive grasses are fueling wildfires across the US

Along with climate change and drought, invasive grasses are promoting wildfires across the US, even in areas that don't normally burn.
Survivors of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 spent the night on beach chairs in a ballroom at the Melia Hotel in Nassau. Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Hotels play vital role in relief efforts when disaster strikes

Hotels in the Bahamas are helping the islands recover from the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Dorian, just as they did in Florida following Irma in 2017.
Shoppers prepare ahead of Hurricane Dorian in Pembroke, Florida. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

Preparing for hurricanes: 3 essential reads

As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, we share three articles on predicting hurricanes' paths and evacuating from harm's way.
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources fire rangers wade through floodwaters as they deploy pumps in Pembroke, Ont., in May 2019. Too many authorities involved in fighting flood risks can often paralyze flood management efforts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Why Canada’s political system makes it difficult to fight floods

Canadian history and international relations theory gives us perspective on why co-ordinating flood management has proven so difficult in Canada and what can be done about it.
Devastation from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, Oct. 12, 2018. Residents whose homes have suffered major damage in multiple storms could eventually be offered buyouts, but the process can take several years. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Government-funded buyouts after disasters are slow and inequitable – here’s how that could change

Government agencies spend millions of dollars yearly to buy and demolish homes sited in floodplains. But the program is slow, cumbersome and doesn't always help those who need it most.
Floodwaters surround farm equipment in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., on Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trump’s ‘all-out effort’ on climate is derelict and risky

Donald Trump claims his administration has carried out an "all-out effort" in preparing for the effects of climate change. Nothing could be further from the truth.
People take shelter during the floods in Mozambique. Antonio Silva/EPA

More people in Africa need to be insured against natural disasters

While disaster insurance would go a long way in averting losses, demand for cover is still lower than expected.

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