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Livestock insurance could protect cattle-herders in Africa from drought - The Guardian (blog)
30/09 - 2014

The Guardian (blog)

Livestock insurance could protect cattle-herders in Africa from drought
The Guardian (blog)
The CEO of Takaful Insurance of Africa, Hassan Bashir, was born into a cattle-herding Somali family, and as Kenya's first sharia-compliant insurance company, he wanted to solve his community's biggest problem – the loss of livestock due to drought.

Wallabies aim to break 20-year win drought against South Africa in Cape Town - ABC Online
22/09 - 2014

Sydney Morning Herald

Wallabies aim to break 20-year win drought against South Africa in Cape Town
ABC Online
Wallabies vice captain James Slipper says the side is hopeful they can end a Cape Town winning drought in their upcoming Test against the Springboks - but admits New Zealand has all but got the Rugby Championship in the bag. The team flew out of ...
Wallabies desperate to break Cape Town drought: James SlipperSydney Morning Herald
Wallabies out to break 22-year drought at Newlands against SpringboksCourier Mail
Rugby: Wallabies keen to break SA droughtOtago Daily Times
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Climate Renews Famine Risk to Africa's Sahel - Truthdig
20/10 - 2014

Truthdig

Climate Renews Famine Risk to Africa's Sahel
Truthdig
LONDON—The Sahel, the arid belt of land that stretches from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and separates the Sahara desert from the African savanna, is no stranger to drought and famine. Now scientists in Sweden say the Sahel faces another humanitarian ...
Population Growth Far Outpaces Food Supply in Conflict-Ravaged Sahel - StudyAllAfrica.com

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West Nile Virus Cases Grow; State's Record Drought Likely A Factor - CBS Local
20/10 - 2014

CBS Local

West Nile Virus Cases Grow; State's Record Drought Likely A Factor
CBS Local
West Nile virus was originally discovered in Africa and was first detected in the eastern United States in 1999. Since then, the mosquito-borne disease has spread throughout the most of the country, including California. According to the California ...
West Nile cases surging in state, Bay AreaSan Jose Mercury News
DOGS & CATS: Pets Aren't Spreading Deadly VirusesGazette Newspapers

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Another month, another global heat record broken - The Detroit News
20/10 - 2014

The Detroit News

Another month, another global heat record broken
The Detroit News
Marina owner Mitzi Richards carries her granddaughter as they walk on their boat dock at the dried up lake bed of Huntington Lake which is at only 30 percent capacity as a severe drought continues to affect California on September 23, 2014. California ...

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World: Violence against aid workers in 2013 [EN/FR/SP]
19/08 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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2013 set a new record for violence against civilian aid operations, with 251 separate attacks affecting 460 aid workers. The spike in attacks in 2013 was driven by escalating conflicts and deterioration of governance in countries like Syria and South Sudan.

Violencia contra trabajadores humanitarios en 2013

El año 2013 marcó un nuevo record en actos de violencia contra operaciones de ayuda, con 251 ataques efectuados a 460 trabajadores humanitarios. Este repunte es liderado por conflictos en progreso y el deterioro de la gobernabilidad en paises como Siria y Sudán del Sur.

Violences contre les humanitaires en 2013

L'année 2013 a enregisté un record de violence contre les opérations humanitaires, avec 251 attaques faisant 460 victimes parmi le personnel humanitaire. La hausse des attaques est due notamment à l'escalade des conits et la détérioration de la gouvernance dans les pays comme la Syrie et le Soudan du Sud

World: CERF underfunded emergencies: 2014 2nd round, as of 21 July 2014
24/07 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, World
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In June 2014, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$75 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support 11 countries in two regions where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low: West Africa’s Sahel and the Horn of Africa. With this regional approach, CERF aims to help relief agencies address the complex and interlinked regional consequences of violent conflict, mass displacement of people and deepening food insecurity. This is the second of two annual Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) rounds.

World: World: Keeping up with megatrends
15/04 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Environment Programme, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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A study on the implications of climate change and urbanization for environmental emergency preparedness and response

Climate change: Climate-related disasters affected an estimated 2.6 billion people between 1999 and 2009, with the cost of responding to such disasters increasing tenfold between 1992 and 2008.

Urbanization: More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and, by 2030, the urban population is expected to exceed 5 billion.

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World: Enviromental Emergencies: Joint UNEP/OCHA Activities (as of 20 Feb 2014)
3/03 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Environment Programme, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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The Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit (JEU) responds to environmental emergencies by coordinating international efforts and mobilizing partners. By pairing the environmental expertise of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the humanitarian network coordinated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the JEU ensures an integrated approach in responding to environmental emergencies.

World: ReliefWeb Highlights 2013
19/02 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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In 2013 ReliefWeb continued to implement its ‘Strategy and Vision’ with the aim of becoming the humanitarian community’s ‘one stop shop’ for information. ReliefWeb is a service provided by OCHA that assists humanitarians to easily find reports, evaluations, analyses, maps, infographics, jobs announcements and training events from over 3,500 sources worldwide. ReliefWeb collected and published 43,924 humanitarian updates in 2013, covering acute crises in Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan as well as natural disasters such as Typhoons Haiyan and Wutip.

World: United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Missions (UNDAC): from 1993 to 2013
6/02 - 2014
Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: World
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The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.

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Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in Lima, Peru: Briefing note from UNISDR
20/10 - 2014
This UNISDR briefing note is intended to inform delegates on disaster risk reduction in addressing climate change and to encourage further action through decisions taken at the previous Conference of the Parties (COP). This year, COP 20 in Lima will outline important measures for adapting to climate change which directly relate to disaster risk reduction....
Disasters risk in urban environments. Safe city versus disasters risk: an environmental case study in João Pessoa city, Paraíba State, Brazil
17/10 - 2014
This document discusses the final report of a case study on disasters risk related to natural phenomena and anthropogenic features in the city of João Pessoa, capital of Paraíba State, located in the Northeast of Brazil. Developed by the Laboratory of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Federal University of Paraíba...
Documento de priorización de líneas estratégicas y zonas de intervención en gestión del riesgo de desastres en Colombia 2014-2018
16/10 - 2014
In Spanish: Este documento es el resultado de un estudio y un análisis que permite definir las líneas estratégicas y zonas de priorización a ser tenidos en cuenta en las inversiones de Cooperación Internacional en Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres en en Colombia y un insumo valioso a la...
World disasters report 2014: focus on culture and risk
16/10 - 2014
This year's World Disasters Report focuses on culture and risk. It explores the different ways in which culture affects disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and how disasters and risk influence culture. It examines why people choose to live in hazard-prone locations, and how culture and beliefs enable them to live with the risks they...
Emergencies and disasters: WHO Regional Committee, sixty-fifth session
15/10 - 2014
This document responds to the need to ensure that health measures focused on prevention and mitigation of risks related to natural hazards are implemented in the Western Pacific Region. It presents the draft Western Pacific Regional Framework for Action for Disaster Risk Management for Health, which focuses on all phases of the disaster risk management...
Towards a learning culture of safety and resilience: technical guidance for integrating disaster risk reduction in the school curriculum
15/10 - 2014
This technical guidance encourages the incorporation of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) insights and criteria into disaster risk reduction (DRR) curriculum review and development. It offers a rationale for DRR education, includes a typology of approaches for integrating DRR in the curriculum, elaborates learning outcomes, demonstrates learning...

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