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.
Iain Watt –
Climate change will have a massive impact on how companies and societies operate, but many people are still unaware of the full extent of climate risks. Forum for the Future's Iain Watt breaks this complex issue down for companies.
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.
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.