The year 2014 saw several natural disasters around the world, which renewed worries about global warming and related incidents threatening life on our planet. An Oxfam report in November also showed how Asia is highly vulnerable to increasingly severe and frequent weather extremes and woefully underprepared to manage growing crises. Here’s a look back at 10 natural disasters around the world this year…
TC Ruby in action
A new report by WWF and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation says that integrating climate vulnerability, socio-economic sensitivity and adaptive capacity into urban planning can help cities become more resilient and businesses more competitive. The Phillippines may have bore the brunt of several extreme weather events such as typhoons and floods in recent years, but this is not an excuse for businesses to stay away from investing in the archipalego. To help policymakers and private sector leaders understand business risks and opportunities in the country “through the climate lens”, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation have launched a new study that offers a look into the future of 16 major cities. The report titled “Business Risk Assessment and the Management of Climate Impacts”, launched at an event held last month at the Ayala Museum in Makati, is based on existing climate science studies, city-specific socio-economic data and from experiences of local stakeholders. The study is the final installment of a series of reports launched in phases in 2012 and last January…READ ON
One of the newly inducted cities.
The amazing and in our view a game changing initiative by the The Rockefeller Foundation has doubled its global network or resilient cities. Yesterday’s announcement has shown again that the network of cities who understand that the future of their wellbeing is closely tied up the resilience capacity is as diverse and widespread as is the initiative itself. We congratulate all the cities that have made a effort in right direction. Below are details from the Rockefeller Foundation team.
Today we proudly announce the second group of cities selected to join 100 Resilient Cities – cities who have demonstrated a commitment to building their own capacities to navigate the shocks and stresses of an increasingly complex 21st Century. During our first 18 months, we’ve seen our first cohort of cities mature, appoint chief resilience officers, and embark on their own resilience strategy processes. No doubt this momentum contributed to the immense response we saw to the second round of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge has been enormous, with 331 exceptional applications from cities around the world, submitted in seven languages…READ ON