In December, climate change experts from all over the world will gather in Madrid for the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25), under the Presidency of Chile. One of the priority topics of COP25 is the nexus of climate and coastal zones. In case you are wondering why we need to talk about coasts at such a high-level event, the answer is simple: coastal … [Read more...] about Too Big to Fail? Why Preserving Our Coasts Is Increasingly Relevant in a Changing Climate.
Imagine that you and your family have lived in a lush community and filled with life. In the days of your grandparents, only a few families lived there, but today it is home to about 5,000 people. Imagine also that your house lies in fertile land, between two rivers that frequently overflow from December to March. Imagine then that your house is flooded for days, and the … [Read more...] about The simple math of disaster prevention: Flood control works save $2 for every $1 invested
On September 19th, 2013 Acapulco was underwater. The second most important beach town in Mexico was hit hard by Hurricane Manuel. In “El Sur”, a newspaper, statements about hundreds of communities completely isolated, “with deaths not yet accounted for and with losses that were still impossible to quantify" were not uncommon. Disasters are not "natural" It is not … [Read more...] about Seven things you need to know about disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean
Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City’s most emblematic avenue, has the worst soil when it comes to the foundation for buildings. Although an earthquake always has the potential to cause substantial human losses and severe infrastructure damage, this road sits on the ancient lake bed of the Valley of Mexico, and, as a result, its soil – notoriously soft and with a high-water content … [Read more...] about What Mexico Did to Reduce 80% of its Disaster-related Deaths