With typhoons flooding their farmlands and destroying their primary source of food and livelihood, over 5 million people in Sri Lanka face two heavy burdens: where to find their next meal and how to survive the next disaster.
Asia-Pacific is the world's most disaster-prone region, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling for greater investment in disaster reduction to make the region's over 700 million people climate shock-proof.
Weak awareness that peatlands can be used for palm-oil plantations without the need for damaging slash-and-burn clearing method is resulting in choking haze, sickening hundreds of people in Aceh, Indonesia and forcing one school to close.
and Cecilia Tortajada –
Floods have had a devastating effect on China's communities and economy; it will take political will, time, money, and good holistic planning and implementation before flood damages in China can be significantly reduced, say water experts Asit Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.
Betsy Otto –
While droughts, floods and increasingly rapid groundwater depletion are cause for concern, this year presents unprecedented opportunities to pursue better water management, says World Resources Institute Global Water program director Betsy Otto.