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  1. Special journal issue: Connections between (changing) rainfall patterns, food and livelihood security, and human mobility (Open Access)

    This  Climate and Development Special Issue (Volume 6, Issue 1, 2014) entitled Connections between (changing) rainfall patterns, food and livelihood security, and human mobility: Evidence and a new analytical framework is guest edited by the Where the Rainfalls project Scientific Director, Dr. Koko Warner and features several UNU-EHS researchers. |Read more

  2. REPORT LAUNCH: The World Risk Report 2013 - Health and Healthcare

    The 2013 World Risk Index (WRI 2013) is calculated by the United Nations University for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and featured in the 2013 World Risk Report (WRR 2013) published by the Alliance Development Works/Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft (BEH). The report systematically considers a country’s vulnerability, and its exposure to natural hazards to determine a ranking of countries around the world based on their disaster risk. |Read more

  3. REPORT LAUNCH: Climate change, rainfall patterns, livelihoods and migration in Cabricán, Guatemala

    3 April 2014, Guatemala City, Guatemala – A new report published by UNU-EHS and funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation found that changing rainfall patterns have a direct negative impact on local food and livelihood security in Cabricán, Guatemala.  To add to the severity of the problem local residents have no effective long-term coping or adaptation strategies (i.e. livelihood diversification and migration), which puts them at risk of being trapped in a place where they are increasingly more vulnerable to climate change. |Read more

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    PRESS NOTE: New project uses mobile data to understand climate impacts

    Barcelona, 26 February 2014 – The Mobile Data, Environmental Extremes and Population (MDEEP) project was presented today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. MDEEP is a first- time application of mobile call data records (CDR) to understand climate impacts by mapping population flows before and after an extreme weather event. | Read more

  5. BOOK RELEASE: Measuring vulnerability to natural hazards - New book presents innovative approaches for disaster resilient societies

    In January 2010 an earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude devastated Haiti, causing 230 000 fatalities and widespread damage and destruction to vital infrastructure. Almost exactly a year later in February 2011 an earthquake with a 6.3 magnitude hit New Zealand, resulting in only 187 fatalities. How can this huge discrepancy in loss be explained? High vulnerability and low adaptive capacity to natural hazards and weather and climate related extreme events are crucial factors that decide whether an extreme event will translate into extreme impacts or not. |Read more

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